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Sharon Stephenson, PhD

Sharon Stephenson, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Physics at Gettysburg College. Her scholarship is in nuclear structure, fundamental properties of the neutron, and accelerator applications. She has recently started writing and publishing literary nonfiction. Married and a mother of two extremely energetic children, Sharon most recently pushed the limits of her work-life balance when she agreed to get a puppy.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Post-tenure productivity
  • Transitions in scholarship
  • Balancing administration with teaching and scholarship

Badia Sahar Ahad, PhD

Badia Sahar Ahad, PhD, is Associate Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Programs in English at Loyola University Chicago and is the author of Freud Upside Down: African-American Literature and Psychoanalytic Culture (U of Illinois Press, 2010). Her areas of specialization are post-World War II African American literature, cultural studies, the history of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory. Currently, Badia is working on a second book project that examines the concept of nostalgia and black radical iconology. When she is not working, Badia enjoys running, learning how to golf, Breaking Bad, and eating her way through Chicago.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:


  • Academic publishing
  • Moving from dissertation to book
  • Maintaining work-life balance
  • Networking
  • Post-tenure mentoring

Julie Artis, PhD
Julie Artis, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociology at Depaul University in Chicago. In addition to being an excellent classroom teacher and scholar of motherhood, family and law, Julie is happily married and mother of two children. Julie is also currently Chair of her department and an expert in balancing teaching, research and administrative roles and responsibilities.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Post-tenure productivity
  • Mid-career challenges
  • Transitions into departmental leadership
  • Balancing work, family and administrative responsibilities

David Cook-Martin, PhD

David Cook-Martín is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College and director of its Center for International Studies. His work as a political sociologist focuses on understanding migration, race, ethnicity, law, and citizenship in an international field of power. He is author ofThe Scramble for Citizens: Dual Nationality and State Competition for Immigrants (Stanford University Press 2013), and co-author with David FitzGerald of Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas (Harvard University Press 2014). David has published articles and chapters on transnational religious networks, ethnic return migration, and Latin American migrations to Europe, and is a member of the Scholar’s Strategy Network. David is on sabbatical 2014-2015, enjoying time in Madrid with his family and launching a new project between terraza parties. 

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Work-family balance
  • Working smarter by understanding work flows and limiting beliefs
  • Collaborations

  • Book publishing 


Maurice Stevens, PhD

Maurice Stevens, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Studies at the Ohio State University, and an adjunct faculty member at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in the department of Depth Psychology. His research interests include the formation and representation of identity in and through visual culture and political performance, critical trauma theory, popular cultural performance, affect and embodiment, and American, ethnic, and gender studies. His first book is titled Troubling Beginnings: Trans(per)forming African-American History and Identity, and he is currently working on a second book called From the Past Imperfect: Towards a Critical Trauma Theory. Maurice is the father of two fiercely fantastic teenage daughters and has a passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Managing work-life integration
  • Cultivating meaningful conversations
  • Post-tenure productivity
  • Academic career transitions
  • Navigating institutional dynamics

Erin Marie Furtak, PhD

Erin Marie Furtak, PhD, is Associate Professor of Science Education in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Frustrated while trying to realize educational reforms as a public high school biology teacher, Erin transitioned into a career studying how science teachers learn and improve their daily classroom practice. In addition to running several research projects and coordinating a research team with a growing number of research assistants, Erin is finishing a book project that involves academics' humorous reflections on their work and life (Rowman & Littlefield, expected 2014). Outside of work, Erin prioritizes taking quality time with her husband and two young children, reads the New Yorker voraciously, and continues her quest to bake the perfect chocolate chip cookie.


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Work-life balance
  • Working as a professor with young children
  • Writing productivity
  • Managing multiple research projects

Monica Ogra, PhD

Monica Ogra, PhD, is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Gettysburg College. A geographer by discipline, she holds a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental Studies and the Globalization Studies Program. Her research examines the intersections of wildlife conservation and rural development, with a focus on how conservation conflicts at the ground level intersect with gender issues.  She is currently working on issues of gendered impacts of climate change, and is developing a new project that examines human/animal spaces in the context of endangered species.  Monica has experience successfully navigating the tenure-track as part of a dual-career couple, working in interdisciplinary contexts, and maintaining an research agenda while teaching in the liberal arts tradition. She is the mother of two active boys (5 and 8 years old), a practicing student of yoga, and has recently found her way back to cultivation of her personal interests including reading for pleasure, cooking, and painting.  She has been part of the FSP community since 2011.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Work-family balance
  • Daily scientific/empirical writing
  • Thriving on the tenure track
  • Overcoming perfectionism

Aimee Carrillo-Rowe, PhD

Aimee Carrillo-Rowe, PhD, is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge. Aimee works in the areas of third world feminism, rhetoric, and cultural studies. Her work on power and relationality across contexts appears in her books, Power Lines: On the Subject of Feminist Alliances (Duke, 2008), Silence, Feminism, Power: Reflections at the Edges of Sound (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2013), and Answer the Call: Virtual Migration in Indian Call Centers (Minnesota, 2013). Aimee is the queer single mother of a vibrant three-year old girl. She loves surfing, backpacking, and cooking with friends. 

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Writing with young children
  • Work-life balance
  • Writing as spiritual practice
  • Writing in community

Karla Erickson, PhD

Karla Erickson, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology at Grinnell College where she teaches courses on labor, class, and inequality. Karla is a feminist ethnographer of labor. She studies interaction and community in market exchanges. Her first book, The Hungry Cowboy, was about a Cheers-like restaurant, and her second single-authored book How We Die Now studies how residents and workers in a Midwestern elder community manage the challenges of longer lives and slower deaths. With the support of her husband and toddler son, Erickson is committed to public intellectual work including public lectures, community partnerships, and working on boards. Karla likes yoga, poetry, and traveling.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Midcareer challenge and satisfaction
  • Power and inequality in interactions
  • Managing conflict
  • Using personal writing to manage stress


Edna Viruell-Fuentes, PhD


Edna A. Viruell-Fuentes, PhD, MPH, is Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My scholarship focuses on the health and wellbeing of Latinas/os and immigrants from a transnational perspective. In particular, it highlights the health impacts of racialization processes and discrimination; transnational processes and practices; and structural contexts, such as neighborhoods and immigration policies. In pursuing these lines of inquiry, she uses an interdisciplinary approach and utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, thereby broadening the theoretical and empirical base for addressing the health needs of the fast-growing Latino and immigrant populations. She is the co-editor of an upcoming book manuscript that investigates the combined impacts of immigration and security policies on the lives and deaths of Latino immigrants.  Her research has been published in top-tier journals such as Social Science and Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, Ethnicity and Health, the DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race, and Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, among others. She is the recipient of the Helen Corley Petit Scholar Award for an exemplary tenure evaluation and scholarship record in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:

  • Maintaining work/family and health balance
  • Working with collaborators 
  • Responding to reviewers 
  • Developing a daily writing practice
  • Pre-tenure guidance


Peggy Jones, MFA

Peggy Jones, MFA, is an Associate Professor of Black Studies and soon to be Associate Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her most recent publication was six essays for the permanent painting collection catalog of the Sheldon Art Museum. She also has a book chapter in African American Women's Language: Discourse, Education and Identity. She found out she has an entrepreneurial mindset while "living” in academia, which explains so much! She and her boyfriend have two cats who keep them greatly entertained.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Pre-tenure guidance
  • Finding the art in academic writing
  • Working with anxiety


Rebecca L. Davis, PhD

Rebecca L. Davis, PhD, is an Associate Professor of History, with a joint appointment in Women and Gender Studies, at the University of Delaware. Her teaching and research focus on the intersections of gender, sexuality, religion, and race in 19th and 20th century U.S. history. Her book on the history of marriage counseling and guidance in the U.S. More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss (Harvard University Press, 2010) explores secular and religious attempts to define and privilege heterosexuality. Her other publications explore topics ranging from Jazz Age debates over egalitarian marriage to conservative evangelical Protestant sexual advice of the 1970s. Her latest project is a history of notable religious converts--and the idea of self-transformation--in the mid-20th-century U.S. In addition, she is the Co-Chair of the Women's Caucus at UD, a group that researches, advocates, and organizes around issues of gender equity for faculty and staff. In seeking that golden "work-life balance," Davis is devoted to two young children (newborn and 4), plans dates with her spouse and evenings-out with other working moms, and spends as much time as possible gardening, fixing up an old house, and otherwise "nesting."

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Work/family balance with young children
  • Pre-tenure guidance
  • Developing and sustaining a daily writing practice
  • Addressing gender inequity within academic institutions

Ethel G. Nicdao, PhD

Ethel G. Nicdao, PhD is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.  As a medical sociologist, her research centers primarily on health disparities among minority populations. Her work has been published in various academic journals. Currently, her research involves using secondary data analyses to examine the mental health of Hurricane Katrina-Rita volunteers and Latino subgroups, and health disparities using community based participatory research (CBPR) national data.  She also serves as co-investigator for Project YES! (Youth Empowering Stockton), a multi-phase study that applies CBPR principles to develop community-academic partnerships aimed at improving health outcomes in Stockton, CA.  Outside of her academic life, Ethel is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys kayaking, hiking, running, swimming, snowshoeing, etc. with her wife and their Australian Cattle Dog. Ethel also cherishes quality time spent with her dear family and friends, which typically involves an eating fest and some vino!



Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Managing realistic work-personal life balance (even for those without children)


    Pre-tenure guidance

  • Prioritizing daily writing and maneuvering through resistance


Delida Sanchez, PhD

Delida Sanchez, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on racial and ethnic identity development among Black and Latino adolescent and adult populations, with a particular emphasis on the influence of racism, discrimination and health disparities on behavioral and mental health outcomes. She is currently conducting a mixed-methods study that explores the developmental and cultural pathways by which Black and Latino adolescents differentially engage in high-risk sexual behaviors. Outside of work, Delida prioritizes time with her husband and very energetic 4-year old daughter. She also loves to travel, watch movies, and work out.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Pre-tenure guidance
  • Work/family balance with young children
  • Working with anxiety around writing and productivity


Naomi Greyser, PhD
Naomi Greyser, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and English at the University of Iowa. Naomi does research in the areas of critical race, queer and feminist theory; comparative U.S. literatures; affect and new materialist studies; American studies; and rhetoric. She is putting the final touches on her first book On Sympathetic Grounds: Race, Gender and Affective Geographies in Nineteenth-Century North America.  She has also published on Sojourner Truth’s relationships to her audiences and work (in American Literature), on the political possibilities and risks of new work on affect (in Feminist Studies), and on academia and activism (with Margot Weiss in American Quarterly).  Naomi’s current project, Writing Through Writer’s Block: a Practical Guide for Academics, examines writer's block as raced, gendered and classed — and as social and institutional, as well as deeply personal. 
Naomi also is the executive director of POROI, Iowa’s Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry, where we examine how inquiry is embedded in socio-political contexts and the roles of argument and audience in inquiry. In her coaching, Naomi focuses on noticing when our experiences of writing and research feel motivated predominantly by externals (important concerns around promotion, colleagues’ or readers’ expectations), and works to shift gears so we can remember what has compelled us intellectually and politically.  Naomi enjoys cooking with her daughter and hot aromatherapeutic baths.  She has spent many years negotiating the two-body problem with institutions (and her partner!), welcomed a little girl into her life on the first day of her tenure-track job, and continues to practice overcoming some pretty intense resistance to writing when she sits down at the computer each day.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Writing from intellectual and political commitment and curiosity, rather than fear or defensiveness
  • Work-family balance
  • Developing a daily writing practice
  • Overcoming resistance to writing, or writer's block
  • Working with high-anxiety writers

Anthony C. Ocampo, PhD

Anthony C. Ocampo, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona in Southern California. His research on Filipino and Latino children of immigrants has been published by Ethnic and Racial Studies, Latino Studies, and the Journal of Asian American Studies, and has received various recognitions from the American Sociological Association. Currently, he is working on his first book manuscript on how Filipinos navigate the rules of race along the new Latino-Asian racial spectrum. He is also developing publications on his second project, which is on gay children of immigrants in Los Angeles. Beyond the job, Anthony spends most of his time doing Crossfit and watching Netflix and Hulu on his Roku, the greatest device ever invented.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Maintaining work-life balance
  • Networking
  • Developing your authentic scholarly voice
  • Closing the deal with publications, especially journal articles
  • Marketing your scholarly ideas to a broader audience

Mindi Thompson, PhD, HSP

Mindi Thompson, PhD, HSP, is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and a licensed and registered Health Service Psychologist. She is also the Head Coach for FSP. Applications of her research agenda occur within two primary domains: (1) vocational and educational development and (2) mental health and psychotherapy. Specifically, she attends to interpersonal and systemic factors (e.g., experiences with oppression, access to resources, unemployment) that contribute to mental health and career development among individuals from diverse and underrepresented groups. Mindi spends her time away from work traveling, cultivating relationships, preparing and enjoying food, athletic events, and celebrating the outdoors.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Juggling multiple responsibilities
  • Moving manuscripts out the door
  • Daily scientific/empirical writing
  • Finding supportive communities and decreasing isolation


Cleopatra Abdou, PhD

Cleopatra Abdou is an assistant professor of gerontology and psychology at the University of Southern California. Cleopatra works at the intersection of psychology, public health, and medicine to study lifespan and intergenerational health (with emphasis on maternal-child-family health) as a function of the interplay of cultural resources and social identity-based stressors, including social status and stereotype threat. Beyond her scholarship, Cleopatra utilizes her expertise in maternal-child-family health to support women through conception, pregnancy, and the transition to motherhood. She became a wife and mother as a new assistant professor and prioritizes a fun, active lifestyle for her young family.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Transitioning to assistant professor
  • Interdisciplinary research and research environments

  • Managing multiple projects

  • Work-family balance

  • Transitioning to spouse/parent on the tenure-track

  • Staying healthy and happy on the tenure-track


Ray Block, Jr., PhD

Ray Block Jr., PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Political Science and Public Administration department at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse (UW-L). Ray has a long-term fascination with the study of social identity. His dissertation analyzed racial group differences in levels of "political involvement” (defined as a citizen’s psychological and behavioral connection to politics), and some of his more recent articles explore the political consequences of social identity more generally. The desire to understand how group identity shapes political involvement inspires his current curiosity with presidential politics. He has published several papers that seek to put Barack Obama’s candidacies and two-term presidency into perspective, and he is working on a collaborative project that examines the influence of racial and gender stereotypes on both media depictions and public perceptions of Michelle Obama. In recognition of his scholarly achievements, Ray received a Faculty Excellence Award from UW-L’s College of Liberal Studies in the spring of 2012. He also won the prestigious Wisconsin Teaching Fellows Award during the 2011-2012 academic year, which is given to outstanding, early-career faculty member who are deemed by their colleagues to be exceptional teachers. In his spare time, Ray and his wife train for triathlons, cook Cajun dishes, and watch episodes of "Scandal.”

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Daily scientific/empirical writing
  • Mid-career challenges
  • Maintaining research productivity while managing a 4/4 teaching load
  • Work-life balance and wellness

Rosemarie A. Roberts, PhD

Rosemarie A. Roberts, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Dance at Connecticut College, where she teaches the theory, pedagogy and practice of dance and performance as well as the life of mind and body.  Her artistic and scholarly work blends history, dance, and critical social theory.  She writes about dance and the body as sites of resistance, public scholarship and critical pedagogies of embodiment.  In addition to co-authoring a book and dvd project (Echoes of Brown:  Youth documenting and performing the legacy of brown v. board of education) recent titles include:  How Do We Quote Black and Brown Bodies?  Critical Reflections on Theorizing and Studying Embodiments, Facing and Transforming Hauntings of Race Through the Arts and Research to Performance Methodology:  Embodying Knowledge & Power from the Field to the Concert Stage. She is writing a book about the relationship among hip hop dance, racialized bodies, knowledge, and power.   She serves on the board of the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD). A transplanted city girl, Rosemarie enjoys the beautiful land and waterscape of Southeast Connecticut where she lives with her awesome teenager.   


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Achieving work/life balance in academia
  • Moving gracefully through academic career transitions

  • Identifying and overcoming writing/research resistance and obstacles

  • Productive writing and other artistic practices

  • Interdisciplinary and collaborative research

Mikel Holcomb, PhD

Mikel "Micky” Holcomb, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Physics at West Virginia University. Her research focuses on understanding the unique properties that occur at material boundaries (surfaces and interfaces) to discover fundamental physics and enhance device performance. In addition to standard characterization, she utilizes novel tools, such as ultrafast optics and synchrotron radiation. Micky is married to a graduate student getting his PhD in Neuroscience, and they have two young children born while Micky has been on the tenure track. Outside of work, Micky enjoys playing with her kids, watching movies, and playing board or video games.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Maintaining work-life balance
  • Working as a professor with young children
  • Developing and sustaining a daily writing practice 
  • Pre-tenure guidance

Estela Ene, PhD

Estela Ene, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the English Department at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), where she directs the English for Academic Purposes Program. As an applied linguist, she conducts research on technology and language learning, ESL writing, teacher training and program administration. She strives for balance in her roles as wife, mother, teacher, researcher and administrator.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Balancing administration with teaching and scholarship
  • Productivity
  • Leadership
  • Cultural differences in the workplace

Riyad Shahjahan, PhD

Riyad Shahjahan, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of higher, adult, and lifelong education (HALE) at
Michigan State University. His scholarship is on equity and social justice education, globalization of higher education, and anti/postcolonial theory. His scholarship has appeared in over 23 peer-reviewed journal articles. When not occupied with his beautiful 2 year old daughter, 7 year old son, and/or partner, he loves reading novels, practicing Tai Chi, cooking, eating out, and posting yelp reviews.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Work-family balance with small children
  • Writing productivity
  • Working on multiple-writing and co-authored projects
  • Overcoming resistance to writing, or impostor feelings


Sarah Roberts, PhD

Sarah Roberts, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sarah was a middle and high school math and science teacher before heading to graduate school to think about how to create more equitable mathematics classrooms. Her research focuses on supporting pre- and inservice mathematics teachers, and she is particularly interested in how professional learning experiences help teachers to develop inclusive mathematics classrooms and learning experiences for English learners.

Sarah spends time away from work visiting with her family, reading for fun, working out at the gym, riding her road bike, and baking cookies, bread, cakes, and pies.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Developing a daily writing practice
  • Work-life balance
  • Networking

Kim Blockett, PhD

Kimberly Blockett is an Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of English and Honors at Penn State Brandywine. Her area of specialization is 19th century African American literature including women writers, literary and religious history, and trans-Atlantic studies. Her recent publications and book in progress focus on the trans-Atlantic travels and itinerant preaching of a black female evangelist. In addition to her efforts in teaching, research and administration, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, gardening, spoiling her dog and making time to travel at every opportunity.



Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Post-Tenure Productivity
  • Mentoring
  • Transitions in Mid-Career
  • Balancing work, family and administrative responsibilities 


 Virginia Matzek, PhD

Virginia Matzek is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University,  a private, Jesuit, undergraduate-focused institution in the San Francisco Bay Area. She specializes in linking ecological restoration and invasive species management to the provision of valuable ecosystem services to humans, especially carbon storage. She also works interdisciplinarily to understand how scientific information is translated (or not!) into on-the-ground conservation actions. Virginia is married to another academic and has two teenage boys, so she considers herself an expert in both navigating the two-body problem, and washing smelly gym clothes.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Doing research with undergraduates
  • Balancing scholarly work with teaching
  • Overcoming impostor syndrome

Theri A. Pickens, PhD

Theri A. Pickens, PhD is an assistant professor of English at Bates College. She is an interdisciplinary humanities scholars specializing in African American Studies, Arab American Studies, and Disability Studies. She has taught at a public university, and an online university. She is a novice aquarium owner, and below average bowler (who has a ton of fun), and a superb (if messy) cook.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Pre-tenure productivity
  • Navigating department cultures

  • Treats!


Marta Robertson, PhD

Marta Robertson, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Music in the Sunderman Conservatory and former Program Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies at Gettysburg College. An ethnomusicologist, her research examines transcultural processes of Americanization in music and movement.She iscurrently working on a book project examining music and dance in North American Okinawan diasporic communities, the collaborative process between
Aaron Copland and Martha Graham, and the artistic culture of the
incarceration camps of the Japanese Americans during World War II. She
loves to train (bike, run), take walks with her partner and their
rambunctious golden retriever, garden, and dance at a moment's notice.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Mid-career work/life integration
  • Negotiating academic perfectionism
  • Transitions to and from departmental administration

Erica Williams, PhD

Erica Lorraine Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Spelman College. She earned her Ph.D and M.A. in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University, and her B.A. in Anthropology and Africana Studies from New York University. Her first book, Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements (2013), won the National Women’s Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize. Her current project explores Afro-Brazilian feminist activism in Northeast Brazil. She has also held fellowships from the UNCF/Mellon Faculty Programs, the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, the Future of Minority Studies Project, and UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Black Studies. Her work has been published in Feminist Studies, Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, Policing Pleasure: Global Reflections on Sex Work and Public Policy (Kelly and Dewey, eds., NYU Press, 2011); and the Encyclopedia of Globalization. She is an occasional blogger on sites such as Ms. Magazine, The Feminist Wire, and Counterpunch. She is Co-Director of a five-week summer study abroad program in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and was the recipient of the 2013 Vulcan Materials Teaching Excellence Award. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and step-daughter,doing Afro-Cuban dance classes, reading fiction, and Zumba.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Work/life balance and wellness
  • Pre-tenure guidance
  • Creating community around writing (ie. Writing Groups)
  • Maintaining productivity at small liberal arts colleges and HBCUs with heavy teaching loads

Indigo Esmonde, PhD

Indigo Esmonde, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Indigo's research lies at the intersection of equity studies and mathematics education. Recent projects have focused on equity issues that arise when students interact together in mathematics classrooms, and on the mathematics developed by community-based activists as they fight government austerity measures. Indigo loves karaoke, yoga, and trying new creative pursuits like novel-writing, songwriting, and painting. In the battle against over-achieving, trying new things and giving permission to do them badly has been life-changing.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • work-life balance
  • managing chronic illness and disabilities
  • prioritizing wellness and asking for what you need

 Rachel Friedman, PhD

Rachel Friedman, PhD is an Associate Professor and the Chair of Greek and Roman Studies at Vassar College in New York's Hudson Valley.  In addition to courses in her own department she also teaches in the programs of Africana Studies and Jewish Studies. While trained as a Hellenist with a specialty in ancient Greek language and literature, her more recent work has focused on the reception of classical Greek texts in post-colonial literature. Her current book project is on the Caribbean poet Derek Walcott and offers a discussion of the relationship of hisOmeros to Homer's Odyssey. She is married to a high school social studies teacher and together they are the parents of two boys (11 and 14). She is also a practicing yogini and an aspiring meditator who has begun experimenting with incorporating contemplative practices in her pedagogy. She first did FSP in the fall of 2013 after meeting Kerry Ann at a campus workshop and it rocked her world! She is thrilled to be able to offer something back to the FSP community in her role as coach.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • parenting in the academy
  • mid-career scholarly evolution
  • preserving productivity and balance while serving as department chair


Edie Sparks, PhD

Edie Sparks, PhD is an Associate Professor of History at the University of the Pacific, a private, comprehensive, national university in the Central Valley of California. She specializes in the history of women in business and is the author of Capital Intentions: Female Proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920. In her second book project, she is examining the history of three women who founded manufacturing companies in the U.S. during the 1930s and were recognized as leading executives by the 1960s and 70s when all of them became the first female board members of the corporations to which they sold their companies. A special interest for Edie is nurturing women’s leadership. This grows out of both her scholarship and her experience as a former Senior Associate Dean at Pacific, a position she held for six years. She enjoys traveling, watching movies and laughing with her two young daughters and husband and entertaining friends. Walking, yoga and volunteer work help her keep things in perspective.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Juggling family and work responsibilities
  • Scholarly productivity during administrative appointments
  • Navigating institutional systems and relationships
  • Making room for personal goals to improve productivity


  Jennifer Najera, PhD

Jennifer Nájera, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside.  Her research interests include the racialization of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the United States, critical race perspectives in Chicano/a and Latino/a education, Mexican immigration, and Chicana feminisms.  She is currently beginning a qualitative research project about the pedagogical imperatives of undocumented Chicano/a student activists.  Outside of work, Jennifer and her husband enjoy time running after their three year old and five month old daughters.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Developing a daily writing practice
  • Overcoming resistance to writing
  • Work and family balance with young children

Rachel McLaren, PhD

Rachel McLaren, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies Department at the University of Iowa. Rachel’s research focuses on interpersonal communication in families, romantic relationships, and friendships. She examines issues related to emotions, conflict, and how people make sense of and talk about difficult experiences in their relationships. Her current work examines hurt feelings between parents and adolescents. Rachel teaches undergraduate courses in the areas of conflict, small group communication, and issues in relationships that are typically considered problematic or dysfunctional. She teaches graduate courses on theory as well as the intersection of communication, cognition, and emotion. Rachel works hard to squeeze the most out of her work hours, so she can enjoy time with her husband, 3-year old daughter, 1-year old son, and two dogs. She enjoys hosting get-togethers at her home, working out, reading fiction, and using technology to keep in touch with her friends and family that live far away.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Identifying and overcoming resistance
  • Creating sustainable habits around writing and research
  • Having children and parenting on the tenure-track
  • Fostering successful collaborative writing projects
  Chantalle Francesca Verna, PhD

Chantalle Francesca Verna, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of History and International Relations at Florida International University in Miami, FL. Her fields of specialization are Haiti and the United States, particularly in the contexts of inter-American relations, 20th century internationalism, decolonization, and the uses of knowledge for development. She is the author of Haiti and The Uses of America: Rapprochement Culturel with the United States, 1930-1950 (Cornell University Press, In press) and co-editor of The Haiti Reader (Duke University Press, forthcoming). Her current research highlights the significance of Haitian history for world history in a period other than the 19th century revolution. The study examines Haitian professionals who worked as experts in newly-independent central and western African nations after 1945. Outside the academy, she finds renewal in dancing, yoga, and sharing a great meal with loved ones.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Designing a passion and purpose-driven life
  • Identifying resources to enhance productivity and peace of mind
  • Balancing personal and professional commitments (especially, elder care)
  • Networking
  • Pre and Post tenure mentoring
  Joyce Ehrlinger, PhD

Joyce Ehrlinger, PhD is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Washington State University. Her research examines the processes that underlie accuracy and error in self-judgment and, in particular, over and underconfidence. She is currently working on a large project examining how students’ beliefs about malleability in intelligence shapes their self-perceptions, approaches to studying and, ultimately, learning success. When not working, Joyce enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and supremely spoiled dog.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Scholarly productivity
  • Developing healthy professional relationships

  • Wellness

  Joy Gayles, PhD

Joy Gaston Gayles is an associate professor of higher education. Her research focuses on student access and success and outcomes of undergraduate education, most notably for student athletes and women and underrepresented minorities (URM) in STEM majors. Diversity and equity are themes that run throughout the scope of her research agenda. Currently, she is working with the UNC system on a project funded by the Gates Foundation to examine non-cognitive factors (e.g., self-efficacy, motivation, sense of belonging) in relation to student success. Her work has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, the Journal of College Student Development, and Innovative Higher Education. Joy has been married for 11 years and has two amazing children. She likes to run and teach group fitness classes for fun.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Accountability & Writing Productivity
  • Work-life integration
  • Positive Self-talk & Automobile University
  Nick Bosk

Nick Bosk is a Productivity Coach with National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Nick is a Certified Professional Coach with over 12 years and 3,000 hours of coaching experience. For the last decade he has been training coaches at the International Coach Academy, as well as serving on their leadership team. When he is not coaching, Nick can be found dancing with his Labrador (Ina) or collaborating with his partner (Kelly) on creative projects.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Embracing Vulnerability
  • Releasing Judgment
  • Creation vs Consumption
  • Harnessing Intuition
  • Acceptance  
  Donna Goodin, PhD

Donna Goodin, PhD is a Productivity Coach with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Donna has worked as a faculty member  (Spanish language and literature) and as a counselor and an academic coach. Having worked on both the academic and student affairs sides of the university, she brings a broad perspective on the navigation of university systems, from committee relationships to university policies. In her free time, Donna enjoys singing, playing the harp and the guitar, and hanging out with her husband and their very spoiled Maine Coon cat.


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • Maintaining work-life balance
  • Navigating campus as a “Trailing Spouse”
  • Women in leadership transitions
  • Exiting the Academy
  • Conquering limiting beliefs
  • Developing and sustaining an daily writing practice 
   Jaime Romo, EdD

Jaime Romo, EdD is a Productivity Coach with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. His scholarship has focused on multicultural identities in teaching and learning in the San Diego-Tijuana geo-political border region, as well as how institutional and interpersonal trauma impacts mental, physical and behavioral health. He is the lead author of Toward Cultural Democracy: The Journey from Knowledge to Action in Diverse Classrooms and Reclaiming Democracy: Multicultural Educators’ Journeys toward Transformative Teaching, as well as various articles on educational equity and inclusion. Jaime practices and promotes body, mind, spirit integration and vitality. Jaime loves comedy, body surfing, and community building with his wife of 28 years and their four children.


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Male identity
  • Healing and spirituality
  • Trauma recovery
  • Integrative change
  • Understanding the hidden dynamics of organizations
  Ed Munoz, MSW, ACSW

Ed Munoz is a Productivity Coach with the National Center for Faculty Development & DiversityHis interests focus on fostering strength-based leadership development training, mentoring and coaching to diverse populations in executive positions on cross cultural issues.

Upon completing NYU’s rigorous clinical training track, Ed then spent several years counseling and coaching individuals in diverse populations in marriage and family relational dynamics, and in the addictions field, where he aided their quest to move beyond their substance addictions and identify positive pathways to move forward.  

Besides serving as a Coach with FSP, Ed maintains a private practice where he works with leaders in diverse industries and fields, helping them increase their productivity habits and skills to take on complex challenges, maintain focus, identify and achieve goals and discover a balance in their lives. When not working, Ed enjoys painting, bike riding and spending time with his wife and son playing board games and exploring new restaurants in and around New York City.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Developing and sustaining daily writing, time management and productivity
  • Building and maintaining work-family wellness
  • Leadership development and behavioral management
  • Pre-tenure guidance
  • Managing academic anxiety


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