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Cleopatra Abdou, PhD

Cleopatra Abdou is 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

Badia Sahar Ahad, PhD

Badia Sahar Ahad, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Loyola University Chicago. She teaches courses in contemporary African American literature, American studies and cultural studies. Her research interests include 20th and 21st century African American literary, social and cultural history, psychoanalytic culture, and visual and memory studies. Ahad’s first book, Freud Upside Down: African American Literature and Psychoanalytic Culture was published as part of the New Black Studies Series at the University of Illinois Press (2010). Currently, she is at work on a book manuscript that considers the ways 21st century African-American visual and culinary artists, writers and performers represent the history of black radicalism. When she's not working she enjoys trying new restaurants, playing golf (or at least attempting to), road cycling, and winning at UNO with her husband and two stepchildren.

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

Ray Block, Jr., PhD

Ray Block Jr., PhD, is 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

Kim Blockett, PhD

Kimberly Blockett is 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 

Aimee Carrillo-Rowe, PhD

Aimee Carrillo-Rowe, PhD, is a professor of Communication Studies and co-director of the Civil Discourse and Social Change Initiative at California State University, Northridge. Her teaching and writing focus on human and inhuman processes and performances of becoming as relational, embodied, and fluid across contexts, including U.S. popular culture, Indian workplaces, and U.S. Latino/a performing arts communities. Her books include Power Lines: On the Subject of Feminist Alliances (Duke University Press, 2008), Answer the Call: Virtual Migration in Indian Call Centers (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), and Carrillo Rowe is currently working on a book entitled Queer Xicana: Performance, Affect, and the Sacred. Aimee is the queer single mother of a vibrant child. 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

Lesley Campbell, PhD

Lesley Campbell is an Associate Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Ryerson University, Canada's first "innovation" university. My research lies at the interface of ecology and evolutionary biology, and uses a combination of field, lab, and theoretical studies. Much of the research in the lab focuses on the causes and consequences of evolution in plant populations after mating between crops and their wild relatives, especially in populations of radish and Cannabis. My lab consists of a group of technicians, undergraduate, and graduate researchers that has varied annually between 5 - 100, which means I'm also studying how to manage groups of enthusiastic students. My partner is working on his PhD and we're raising a four-year-old kiddo who likes dinosaurs, a lot.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Transitioning to assistant professor
  • Applying for tenure
  • Managing multiple projects
  • Work-family balance
  • Publishing journal articles
  • Mentoring

Shauna K. Carlisle, PhD

Shauna Carlisle is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. She teaches courses in statistics, research methods, and policy studies. Her research interests lie within social epidemiology and the social demography of health. Much of her research to date has focused on sub-group differences in chronic health outcomes among foreign-born racial and ethnic populations in childhood and through the life course. Her most recent work is published in the Journal of Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities and Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse. Currently, she is examining the relationship between biopsychosocial processes in childhood and its impact on adult health and social welfare. Her favorite pastimes are board games with her son, running, and the occasional visit to the driving range.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Moving from dissertation to publication
  • Parenting and pre-tenure productivity
  • Community Based Research and Teaching
  • Interdisciplinary research and collaborations

Crystal Renee Chambers, JD, PhD

Crystal Renee Chambers, JD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Higher Education specialization at East Carolina University. Her work focuses on race and identity intersections and how people (undergraduates and faculty) make it to and through college. She is currently working a textbook Law and Social Justice in Higher Education, part of the Core Concepts in Higher Education Series (Ed St. John and Marybeth Gasman, Eds., NY: Routledge) and serves on the executive board of Feminists Against Academic Discrimination (FAAD).

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Dissertation Success
  • Transitioning from Graduate School to the Faculty
  • Early Career Faculty
  • Is it Discrimination? Thinking through Unfairness in the Academy and Strategizing through it
David Cook-Martin, PhD

David Cook-Martín is 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 of The 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 he 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 

Annamaria Csizmadia, Ph. D.

Annamaria Csizmadia, Ph. D., is Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. As a scholar of cultural diversity, she studies the roles of ethnic-racial identity and ethnic-racial socialization in the social-emotional adjustment of youth of color, in particular, multiracial, immigrant, and Black American youth. She teaches courses on diversity issues, early and middle childhood, adolescent development, and a writing-intensive course on research methods. She is actively engaged in the Stamford community where she lives with her brilliant, hard-working, and beautiful teen daughter and peevish, yet lovable cat named Chloe. Thriving for work-life balance, in her free time, she loves running long distance, traveling, volunteering for children’s church, and having movie nights with her daughter. Her absolute favorite time of the year is fall, which is breathtakingly colorful in New England and evocative of her native country of Hungary.


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Working with resistance and limiting beliefs to enhance writing productivity
  • Accelerating productivity while maintaining a work-life balance
  • Aligning time with professional and personal priorities as a single parent
  • Practicing intentionality
  • Pre-tenure (mid-tenure-track) guidance
  • Cultivating a daily writing habit

Brianne Davila, PhD

Brianne Davila is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Psychology and Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Previously, Brianne served as assistant professor at a small, private, liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest. Her teaching and scholarship are in the areas of sociology of education, Latina/o sociology, and social inequality. Brianne also has research experience as an applied sociologist having previously worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California. Through her teaching, research, and service, Brianne strives to demonstrate a commitment to issues of educational access and equity, community-based learning, and social justice. Brianne's recent scholarship and publications focus on educational experiences of Latina/o students with disabilities; college access and choice for first-generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and students of color; postsecondary pathways for Latinas/os; and workplace experiences for faculty of color. Outside of the classroom and halls of the university, Brianne enjoys spending time with her many family members, playing with her son, going on walks in nature, and traveling.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Community-based research
  • Collaborative research projects
  • Transitioning from graduate school to the faculty
  • Building a mentoring network
  • Successful navigation of academia and predominantly white institutions by People of Color

Rebecca L. Davis, PhD

Rebecca L. Davis, PhD, is 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. is titled More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss (Harvard University Press, 2010) and 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
Patti Duncan, PhD

Patti Duncan, PhD, is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University, where she specializes in women of color feminisms, transnational feminisms, motherhood studies, feminist film studies, and queer studies. She is the author of Tell This Silence: Asian American Women and the Politics of Speech (University of Iowa Press, 2004) and co-editor of Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices (Demeter Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in journals including Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies, Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, and Women's Studies Quarterly. Her current work focuses on narratives of rescue, migration, and motherhood in representations of women in the global South. She enjoys organizing for social justice, documentary filmmaking, reading, exploring the beautiful pacific northwest, and spending time with her partner and their energetic five-year-old.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Experiences of faculty from underrepresented communities
  • Work-life balance and wellness
  • Thriving on the tenure track

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 she's 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

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

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 and 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 enjoys 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
Indigo Esmonde, PhD

Indigo Esmonde, PhD, 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

Deanna L. Fassett, PhD

Deanna L. Fassett is Professor of Communication Pedagogy and Department Chair at San José State University. Her research interests include critical and social justice approaches to the study and practice of communication in instruction and instruction in communication. Deanna's recent publications include the books Communication: A Critical/Cultural Introduction (co-authored with John T. Warren, SAGE, 2014), Coordinating the Introductory Course in Communication (co-authored with John T. Warren, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011), The SAGE Handbook of Communication and Instruction (co-edited with John T. Warren, 2010), and Critical Communication Pedagogy (co-authored with John T. Warren, SAGE, 2007), as well as peer-reviewed articles in Communication Education, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, Text and Performance Quarterly, and Review of Communication. She is also the editor of Communication Teacher for the National Communication Association. At present, she is working on a public speaking textbook, as her kindergartener and her toddler permit.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • work-life balance and wellness
  • working as a professor with young children
  • post-tenure productivity
  • co-authorship
  • cultivating congruence in teaching, research and service
  • cultivating a daily writing habit
  • being a leader-scholar

Julia Lambert Fogg, PhD

Julia Lambert Fogg, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University, just outside of Los Angeles, California. She specializes in New Testament studies using literary and historical methodologies to deepen our understanding of ancient social contexts and contemporary socio-cultural readings from the margins. Her recent writing examines border crossing narratives in biblical literature in order to lift up the voices of contemporary Latin@ immigrants who are constantly negotiating social, political, linguistic and cultural borders. Currently she is writing a book that sets New Testament accounts of Jesus crossing borders in conversation with the experiences of DREAMers (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors act) and their families in southern California. In addition to her work on immigration, border crossing and biblical narratives, she has written on experiential learning methods in on-line journals, published chapters on how to teach the Bible in a Liberal Arts undergraduate setting, and contributed essays for biblical commentaries in Spanish and English. She has just completed 7 years of chairing her department and also served a term as Chair of the Faculty at Cal Lutheran. She was named “Professor of the Year” by California Lutheran University’s graduating class of 2008. Outside of campus she enjoys road cycling, boxing, and rescuing retired greyhounds.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Understanding your writing process
  • Navigating department politics
  • Balancing administrative responsibilities with teaching and writing
  • Committing to 30 minutes of writing a day
Rachel Friedman, PhD

Rachel Friedman, PhD, is 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 his Omeros 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


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. Erin makes space to write daily amidst running several funded research projects and coordinating a research team; her writing has been published in research- and practitioner-oriented books, journals, book chapters, humorous essays, and advice columns. 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
Joy Gayles, PhD

Joy Gaston Gayles, PhD, is Associate Professor of Higher Education at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on student access, 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
Melva R. Grant, PhD

Melva Grant is an Assistant Professor focused on the evolution to successful scholar. Her professional goal as a Faculty Success Program (FSP) Coach is to support other faculty and professionals to attain knowledge and skills to navigate their circumstances so they may reach their professional goals through active involvement with the National Center for Development & Diversity (NCFDD). Her research agenda focuses on interrogating mathematics learning and teaching using sociocultural and political lenses to examine people and spaces, especially underserved populations living in high poverty urban areas.

Naomi Greyser, PhD
Naomi Greyser, PhD, is Associate Professor of Rhetoric, English and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. Naomi works in the areas of critical race and gender theory; U.S. literature and culture; affect studies; American studies; and the rhetorical arts. She is the author of On Sympathetic Grounds: Race, Gender and Affective Geographies in Nineteenth-Century North America (forthcoming Oxford University Press 2016) and her work has appeared in American Literature, Feminist Studies and American Quarterly. Naomi’s current project, Writing Through Writer’s Block: Race, Gender and Knowledge Cultures in the Neoliberal Academy, examines strategies academics use to write through various blocks. Naomi enjoys cooking with her daughter, walking on the prairie with friends, and talking with people about their projects and passions. She 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:
  • Completing book projects (with all their moving parts)
  • Crafting enticing and achievable work goals
  • Work-family balance
  • Managing dual-academic households and the “two body problem"
  • Sustaining a daily writing practice
  • Overcoming resistance to writing (or writer's block)
  • Writing from curiosity and intellectual or political commitment (rather than fear or defensiveness)

Matthew Hall, PhD

Matthew Hall, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Literacy in the Special Education, Language, and Literacy Department at The College of New Jersey. Drawing on his experiences as a teacher in a variety of K-12 settings, his current research focuses on the multimodal composing practices of adolescents with a particular emphasis on non-traditional forms of collaborative writing. Matt likes baking, playing piano, swing dancing (which he doesn’t do often enough), hiking, doing yoga, taking pictures, and having adventures with his wife and 3-year-old daughter. He completed the FSP at time when he felt he was losing interest in writing and was feeling overwhelmed by the responsibilities of his position but he finished the FSP with a renewed sense of purpose, a better relationship with his inner writing critics, and a strong start on the important work of shaping his career to be an integrated part of his life.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Productivity systems
  • Integrated, holistic wellness
  • Maintaining productivity with heavy teaching and service loads

Mikel Holcomb, PhD

Mikel "Micky” Holcomb, PhD, is 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
Rachel Jean-Baptiste, PhD

Rachel Jean-Baptiste, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Davis. Her published work focuses on the history of gender and sexuality, colonialism, marriage and family law, and urban history in Central Africa. She is currently researching a second book project on the history of interracial sex and mixed race identities in twentieth century French-speaking West and Central Africa. Away from research, writing, and teaching, Rachel loves spending time with loved ones, running, reading, and international travel.


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Moving from dissertation to book
  • Managing work, life, and family balance
  • Post-tenure career transitions
  • Pre-tenure guidance
  • Negotiating difference and inequities

Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson is a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research concentrates on 18th through 21st century intellectual history, literature, psychology, and visual studies, with particular emphasis on Romanticism and its afterlife. Her publications include three books and numerous articles and essays. Dr. Johnson has won several teaching awards and was named Helen Corley Petit Scholar at the University of Illinois for exceptional research and teaching while on the tenure track. Her work has been supported by grants from the Fulbright and Humboldt foundations as well as by the German Academic Exchange Service. Dr. Johnson has taught and researched at a range of institutions, including public and private universities, a liberal arts college, and a community college. She also has studied or researched at several institutions overseas, including the Universities of Cologne, Tübingen, and Regensburg as well as the German Film Archive in Berlin. Most recently, she was Visiting Professor for a year at the University of Ghent.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Work/life balance at R1 institutions
  • Parenting and the tenure track; parenting and post-tenure productivity
  • Moderating emotional investments in/around the workplace
  • Pre- and post-tenure mentoring; how to get the support you need Transforming inveterate procrastination into peaceful productivity

Peggy Jones, MFA

Peggy Jones, MFA, is Associate Professor of Black Studies and Associate Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In the fall of 2016, she will have a book chapter in an edited volume on using The Wire to teach Urban Issues. 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 has two cats who keep her greatly entertained.

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

Georgia Kernell, PhD

Georgia Kernell is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, and her research interests include political communication, elections, and research methods. Georgia is currently writing a book examining how political parties’ internal rules affect representation and electoral success. To gather data for the book, she conducted in-person or telephone interviews with over 100 party leaders from twenty different countries. A California native, Georgia loves to swim in the ocean, build sandcastles with her two-year-old son, and chase after her 11-year-old hound.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Transitioning institutions as an Assistant Professor
  • Having a baby on the tenure track
  • Overcoming perfectionism
Naomi Levy, PhD

Naomi Levy, PhD is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University, a private institution that equally emphasizes both aspects of the "teacher-scholar model." She specializes in identity politics and is particularly interested in the ways in which individuals' understandings of their various political identities affect inter-group dynamics, with a focus on post-conflict societies. She is currently engaged in a research project funded by the Minerva Initiative that examines public service provision as peace-building in Cambodia, Laos, and Uganda. In addition to her scholarly interests, she loves dance, rock climbing, river rafting, and, with the help of her spouse and village, is joyfully raising two kids (currently aged 10 and 7).


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:

  • Embracing the teacher-scholar model
  • Maximizing small windows of work time
  • Managing federally funded research grant

Lisa W. Loutzenheiser, PhD

Lisa W. Loutzenheiser is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, and an associate in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests are centered in youth studies, qualitative methodologies, anti-oppressive and critical race theories, curriculum policy and gender and queer theories. Lisa focuses on the educational experiences of marginalized youth and the teaching directed for and about students labeled as such, with a focus on LGB and T youth. She is also particularly interested in the ways theories of race, sexualities, and gender (intersectionally) are useful across research projects, teaching, methods and methodologies. Living in beautiful British Columbia is a joy and privilege offering great opportunities to play outside with my spouse and our rescue dog Oban, volunteer in the community, see live music, read great books, and hang out with friends.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Pre-tenure preparation and productivity
  • Living in the Academy with disabilities
  • Balancing personal responsibilities of caring for others (such as elders) and professional life
  • Making writing fun

Angie Lukowski, PhD

Angie Lukowski, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California-Irvine. Her research examines how contextual factors, from individual difference variables to broader societal influences, shape cognitive development in infancy and early childhood. The broad goal of her research program is to allow for a better contextualized and more accurate understanding of precisely how episodic memory emerges and operates early in life. Her current work focuses on associations between sleep and memory in infancy and early childhood, as well as the study of recall memory and related cognitive abilities in children with Down syndrome. When she is away from her work, Angie enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and running (for fitness and to alleviate stress!). As a transplant from a much colder climate, Angie also loves participating in the many wonderful outdoor activities available to southern California residents year-round.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Having a baby and parenting a young child on the tenure track
  • Balancing work, family, and health-related demands as an assistant professor
  • Increasing scholarly output pre-tenure

 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
Rachel McLaren, PhD

Rachel McLaren, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department at the University of Iowa. She is a Faculty Success Program Coach and Head Coach. She is also a Certified Workshop Facilitator for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. 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, three young children, 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

Melissa K. Melby, PhD

Melissa Melby, PhD is Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of Delaware, with an appointment in Behavioral Health and Nutrition. Building on training in chemistry, environment and development, and nutritional epidemiology, her research examines the ways in which environmental factors, broadly conceived to include physical, biological and sociocultural influences, interact with human development to result in health differentials. She has authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on topics ranging from maternal-child health, women’s health, global health and the relationship between health and diet. She has worked in Japan for over 15 years, and recently begun investigating alternative medicine. She has a very supportive partner who travels a lot for work, is a mother to two elementary school age boys, and enjoys spending time with her family, travel, outdoor activities, and yoga and other good stress-releasing activities.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Research and writing productivity
  • Managing multiple research projects
  • Work-life balance with young children
  • Pre-tenure guidance
  • Teaching more effectively and efficiently

Chrystalla Mouza, EdD

Chrystalla Mouza, Ed.D., is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Delaware. Her work lies at the intersection of technology and teacher learning. Recent work focuses on the development of computational thinking skills among pre-service and in-service teachers as well as students. Chrystalla is married and has two children now ages 14 and 12. She has experience navigating the tenure process while raising young kids and managing multiple responsibilities as a teacher, active researcher, wife and mother. Chrystalla completed the FSP in Fall 2015 and enjoyed her most productive research year. She is eager to transition from FSP participant to FSP coach. Outside of work, Chrystalla enjoys spending time with her family and cooking (albeit not very successfully). She spends part of her summer every year visiting with her family in her native country of Cyprus.

Jennifer Najera, PhD

Jennifer Nájera, PhD, is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is an interdisciplinarily trained anthropologist whose research interests include race, Mexican immigration, and critical race perspectives in education. Jennifer is currently working on a qualitative research project about undocumented Chican@/Latin@ student activists and the politics of learning and education. Outside of work, Jennifer and her husband enjoy time running after their five and two year old daughters.

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

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. 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

Anthony C. Ocampo, PhD

Anthony C. Ocampo is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside. His research and teaching focuses on immigration, race and ethnicity, and gender and sexuality. Dr. Ocampo has published articles in the leading journals in immigration studies and has completed two books (Stanford University Press and NYU Press)—all while teaching an average of three classes each quarter. He is currently working on his first academic trade book about the underdogs and comeback kids within higher education based on his experience teaching at a predominantly minority institution. Dr. Ocampo’s research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Haynes Foundation, the McNair Scholars Program, and the University of California Office of the President, and his publications have received several awards from the American Sociological Association. Beyond academia, he spends most of his time doing Crossfit and binging on Netflix. Dr. Ocampo participated in the Faculty Success Program in his first quarter as a tenure-track faculty in 2011 and has coached junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows in various fields since 2013. One of his main passions as an FSP coach has been to help new faculty—particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds—creatively incorporate their unique knowledge and perspectives into their research, teaching, and mentoring.

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
Monica Ogra, PhD
Monica Ogra, PhD, is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Gettysburg College. A geographer by discipline, she 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 a study of differentiated impacts of climate change in the high-altitude Himalayas and is developing a new project that examines human/animal spaces in the context of endangered species and wildlife rescue sanctuaries. Monica has experience successfully navigating the tenure-track as part of a dual-career couple, working in interdisciplinary contexts, and maintaining a socially engaged research agenda while teaching in the liberal arts tradition. She is the mother of two active boys (6 and 10 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 traveling.
Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Work-family balance
  • Daily scientific/empirical writing
  • Thriving on the tenure track
  • Overcoming perfectionism

Julie Hicks Patrick, PhD

Julie Hicks Patrick, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at West Virginia University. Her research focuses on healthy aging among middle-aged and older families. She is the editor of a peer-reviewed journal and serves on national professional organizations (the American Psychological Association and the Gerontological Society of America).

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Post-tenure productivity

  • Transitions in scholarship

  • Selective professional service

Alice Pawley, PhD

Alice Pawley, PhD, is Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University and affiliate faculty with Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She's also partner to another academic and parent to a preschooler. She uses qualitative methods such as narrative analysis to study race, class, and gender in engineering education. She uses feminist and critical race theory, as well as Smith’s theory of ruling relations, to understand structural explanations for the low number of women and people of colour in engineering education. She is a CAREER and PECASE awardee, and she helped found and maintain the PEER Collaborative, a peer-mentoring community of academics primarily evaluated on doing engineering education research. She has primarily published in the Journal for Engineering Education, International Journal for Engineering Education, NWSA Journal (now Feminist Formations), and co-edited a book, Engineering and Social Justice: In the University and Beyond published with Purdue University Press. Outside of work, she loves to cook things from the garden, listen to and play music, and build houses out of blocks with her preschooler. She is on sabbatical for the 2015-16 academic year.


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Focusing goals to be SMARTer goals
  • Managing graduate students in a research team
  • Building community in workplaces
Theri A. Pickens, PhD

Theri A. Pickens, PhD, is 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, a 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!

Michelle Pidgeon, PhD

Dr. Michelle Pidgeon’s ancestry and family are from Newfoundland and Labrador and she currently lives and works within the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples. She is an Associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. She is also the Editor of the Canadian Journal of Higher Education. She has been an active faculty mentor in SAGE (Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement) and also supervises masters and doctoral students in Educational Leadership graduate programs. In her scholarship, Dr. Pidgeon is passionate about higher education, student services, and Indigenity. A central tenant of her work is that success is defined and articulated through an Indigenous wholistic framework and research process with the goals of: 1) transforming the educational system for Aboriginal peoples and 2) empowering the cultural integrity of all her students.

Nancy Rhodes, PhD

Nancy Rhodes is an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Michigan State University. Her research specializes on health communication. She is particularly interested in how young people make health-related decisions such as to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or drive in risky ways. Trained as a social psychologist, she is particularly interested in the role of social influence in these decision processes. She is married and loves being mom and step-mom to four young adults and one cat.

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

Sarah Roberts, PhD

Sarah Roberts, PhD, is 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 in-service 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

Kirsten Rodine-Hardy, PhD

Kirsten Rodine-Hardy, PhD is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Her research and teaching focus on international political economy, especially how governments interact in global markets for new technologies that affect people’s lives, environmental health and safety and international security. She published her first academic book with Cambridge University Press and is completing her second academic book with Stanford University Press. Kirsten joined FSP as an assistant professor, and credits FSP for giving her the inspiration, support and strength to achieve explosive productivity (and earn tenure!) and enjoy her life even more.

Kirsten has two wonderful, curious, energetic children, a girl (now 10!) and a boy (7 ¾) and they all love to dance, explore, play outside with their black Labrador. She loves singing Anglican choral music with her church choir as well as belting out Aretha Franklin and punk rock anthems in karaoke.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Pre-tenure guidance
  • Prioritizing daily writing
  • Dancing wildly with Resistance
  • Recovering Perfectionist
  • Self-care treats!
  • Working as a professor with young children
  • Maintaining productivity and joy in times of personal crisis
Marta Robertson, PhD

Marta Robertson, PhD, is 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 is currently 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

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
Enid Schatz, PhD

Enid Schatz, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and in the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Missouri. Trained as a sociologist and demographer, her research focuses on gender, aging, and the health and wellbeing of older Africans, both those living with and affected by HIV. Living in a dual academic household with two children under the age of 10, she has a lot of experience with trying to balance work (teaching, research and administrative duties of both spouses), marriage, carework of self and others, and the joys and challenges of raising children. When she’s not traveling, working or playing with her kids, Enid reads fiction, practices yoga, aspires to meditate, and is establishing a coloring book-habit.


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Post-tenure productivity
  • Work/family balance in a dual-academic household with young children
  • Collaborative international research
  • Prioritizing self-care

Riyad Shahjahan, PhD

Riyad Shahjahan, PhD, is 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

Valerie Shapiro, PhD

Valerie Shapiro, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. Her primary research is in the prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral problems in children and youth through the adoption, implementation, and sustainability of effective prevention practices. As the co-director Berkeley's Center for Prevention Research in Social Welfare, she is currently studying the implementation of Social Emotional Learning practices in school and out-of-school time (OST) settings.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Early Assistant Productivity
  • Transitioning into R1 Universities
  • Strategies for Efficient and Effective Teaching
Sara Schley, EdD

Sara Schley, Ed.D. is Associate Professor in the Masters of Science Education program and Co-Director of the Research Center for Teaching and Learning at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology. She teaches courses on human development and on working with students who have multiple disabilities. Her current scholarship focuses on ways of increasing accessible instruction for students with diverse ways of interacting with information (sensory disabilities, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, etc.), including “high technology” and “low technology” solutions. She works with faculty from multiple discipline areas and research approaches. She has background in bilingual language use, secondary analysis of large educational datasets, and effectively telling the “story” within a set of numbers. She lives in western NY with her partner, teenaged boy on his own amazing journey of discovery and identity as a young man with a physical disability, and sometimes with her newly-minted college-aged daughter who still bounces back home.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Achieving work/life balance in academia, while parenting children with disabilities
  • Interdisciplinary and collaborative research
  • Working on multiple projects, with multiple co-authors
  • Establishing a daily writing habit


Edie Sparks, PhD

Edie Sparks, PhD is 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, which 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


Elizabeth A. Stanley, PhD

Elizabeth A. Stanley (Liz) is an associate professor of security studies at Georgetown University, with joint appointments in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Government, where she is international relations field chair. Earlier in her career, she served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer in Asia, Europe, and on deployments to the Balkans. She is the creator of Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT), a resilience training, which has been tested through four Department of Defense-funded neuroscience research studies with the U.S. military. She’s taught MMFT to thousands in military and civilian high-stress environments. Liz has extensive mind fitness experience, including intensive retreat practice in the United States and Burma. She’s also a certified practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a body-based trauma therapy. She speaks, teaches, and writes on a variety of topics related to resilience, decision-making in stressful environments, civil-military relations, military effectiveness and innovation, and international security. Her book, Paths to Peace: Domestic Coalition Shifts, War Termination, and the Korean War (Stanford University Press), won the 2009 Edgar S. Furniss Award for the best first book in the field of national and international security. She’s also co-editor of Creating Military Power: Sources of Military Effectiveness (Stanford University Press, 2007). She’s currently writing a book about the neurobiology of decision-making during stress, called Mind Fitness: Making Agile and Adaptive Decisions during Stress, Uncertainty, and Change (Avery Books/Penguin Random House, forthcoming 2018). To keep sane in the DC area, Liz rents a small cabin on a horse farm in Virginia wine country, where she goes to hike with her rescue dog Chloe, write, cook, meditate and practice yoga, and visit the vineyards with friends.

Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Developing and maintaining a daily writing practice and other self-care habits
  • Cultivating mind-body self-regulation and resilience
  • Setting personal and professional intentions to manage work-life integration
  • Working on multiple projects and grants simultaneously, with multiple collaborators and co-authors
  • Working with an agent and marketing scholarly research to a wider audience
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


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 titled 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

Sandra Sydnor, MBA, PhD

Sandra Sydnor, M.B.A., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Purdue University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. She has over twenty years industry experience as a multi-unit franchisee of Burger King® restaurants has held executive leadership positions in marketing research and communication agencies. Dr. Sydnor’s blend of primary and secondary research, service learning, and community engagement have produced actionable research. Her latest initiatives include indicators of resilience to natural disasters at the industry and small business levels and exploratory research regarding creating unparalleled user experiences in healthcare.

Erika Trapl, PhD

Erika S. Trapl, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University. As a behavioral epidemiologist, her research and teaching focuses on understanding the influence of the physical and social environment on health behaviors to inform interventions and policy that can ultimately reduce chronic disease, particularly around tobacco use and healthy food access. She teaches graduate level health behavior theory and mentors several masters and doctoral students. Her work also intersects public health practice, and she is very involved with local initiatives to promote equity and social justice to improve health. Beyond her academic interests, Erika enjoys spending quality time at baseball games, working in the yard, cooking and just hanging out with her husband and three young children.


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Work-family balance with young children
  • Transitioning to assistant professor
  • Early Career Faculty
Michelle Teti

Michelle Teti is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri. Her educational achievements include a masters and a doctorate in community health. Her program of research is dedicated to developing and evaluating interventions to improve the lives of people living with HIV and other stigmatized and serious illnesses. For fun Michelle goes on adventures with her husband, adorable little boy, and two dogs – one tiny and one big. In an ideal world, if she was not an academic, she would be a professional runner.


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Junior faculty, pre-tenure faculty
  • Work/life balance and self-care
  • Mindful writing strategies
  • Time management and productive writing
Laurie Theeke, PhD

Laurie Theeke, PhD, is Associate Professor of Nursing in the Department of Adult Health at West Virginia University School of Nursing and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Her research program is centered on loneliness as a biopsychosocial stressor that impacts human health. She is an alumni of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholars Program and is an American Nurses Foundation Scholar. Dr. Theeke is a graduate of the WVU Teaching Scholars Program which emphasizes the pursuit of scholarship of teaching. She is married, the mother of 13 children (ages ranging from 6 to 31), and the proud owner of a small farm in West Virginia, Sugarland Farm and Orchard, where she is learning gardening and the art of raising pigs.  


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Becoming an integrated scholar: drafting individual development plans that balance research, clinical responsibilities, and teaching
  • Building teams to enhance writing productivity
  • Balancing the demands of family with work to maintain your sanity

Mindi Thompson, PhD, HSP

Mindi Thompson, PhD, HSP, is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a licensed and registered Health Service Psychologist. She is the Head Coach for the Faculty Success Program and a Certified Workshop Facilitator for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed empirical journal articles using qualitative and quantitative methods, written five book chapters, and coauthored a research design textbook. She serves on the editorial board of two of the leading journals in her discipline. 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.

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

Elizabeth (Beth) van Es, PhD, is Associate Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Beth pursued a career in education after teaching high school for four years, during which time she experienced the often weak and uneven opportunities for professional growth. As a researcher, she designs video-based learning experiences for teachers and studies teacher learning in these contexts, as well as how different features of these learning environments influence learning. Beth oversees a team of graduate students who are conducting research related to innovating and improving teacher preparation, professional development and teacher practice. Away from academia, Beth spends time with her family and pets. She enjoys hosting dinner parties, hiking, yoga and pilates, watching movies, and reading a good book.


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Pre-tenure guidance
  • Work-family balance and wellness
  • Writing with young children
Chantalle Francesca Verna, PhD

Chantalle Francesca Verna, PhD, 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 she is 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

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. Her scholarship focuses on the health and well being of Latina/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
Alyssa Westring

Alyssa Westring is an Associate Professor of Management at DePaul University and has a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology. She is a scholar of work-life balance and women’s careers in science. In addition to coaching, Alyssa bridges the research/practice divide by writing articles for the popular press and podcasting (Ph.SHE Podcast). She has two young kids, a pooch, a lot of craft supplies, and a penchant for over-sharing.


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Work-life balance
  • Women in science
  • Writing for the popular press
  • Navigating institutional culture
Erica Williams, PhD

Erica Lorraine Williams is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Spelman College. She earned her PhD and MA in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University and her BA 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 (i.e., Writing Groups)
  • Maintaining productivity at small liberal arts colleges and HBCUs with heavy teaching loads
Ilona Yim, PhD

Ilona S. Yim, PhD, is Associate Professor of Health Psychology at the University of California, Irvine. Trained as a biopsychologist, her research addresses how stressful experiences influence health and well-being. In recent years, she has worked primarily with pregnant women and has studied how stress in pregnancy can predict postpartum depression. During her FSP training, she learned that sneaking out of the office in the middle of the day to log a gym session is fully ok and actually increases her productivity. She now does so regularly and without guilt. She loves cooking, playing, and enjoying the great Californian outdoors with her most wonderful, intensely energetic five-year old daughter.


Faculty Success Coaching Specializations:
  • Mid-career challenges
  • Life-work balance in the academe
  • Maintaining productivity in times of personal crisis
  • Challenges in Interdisciplinary Writing
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