Dr. Robin Brooks is the founder of AcademicShift, LLC, a company committed to transforming education paradigms by supporting individuals to excel beyond limits.
Any faculty member on the tenure-track or lecturer-track journey to promotion and tenure (or solely promotion) is eligible for our coaching services.
Our “Professional Development Strategies for Emerging Faculty” coaching packages consist of hour-long individual coaching sessions, which we refer to as “strategy sessions” because we believe in a strategic approach to achieving goals. The minimum number of strategy sessions we offer is four (4) strategy sessions (usually one session a month). Ideally, faculty members spread their sessions across a semester or two quarters. Because we are committed to cultivating the potential of tenure-track and lecturer-track faculty through personalized coaching, faculty members are fully in control of choosing the topics of discussion, and they submit their discussion goals for each strategy session ahead of each particular meeting date. Often, faculty members focus on areas in which they want to strengthen or desire additional feedback. For instance, some faculty members may choose to focus on solely their publication goals, both their teaching and research plans, their work-life balance challenges, or their skills development in navigating campus politics.
Faculty members are busy people, so we offer flexible times for our sessions. To lock in dates on our calendar, faculty members choose the dates and times for all sessions upfront.
Faculty members have the option of using a virtual platform or phone for all sessions.
Now is the time to get customized, hands-on help with your promotion journey! In this free 30-minute discovery call, we can answer any inquiries you have about our faculty coaching. You will learn more about us, and we’ll learn how we can best help you advance to the next level. The journey to promotion and tenure at most institutions is a stressful experience; we want to demystify things for you.
Dr. Robin Brooks is a tenured associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh. See the “About” page on DrRobinBrooks.com, which also hosts her curriculum vitae (CV), for a more detailed bio beyond the below narrative from her.
My teaching experience on the college level began twenty years ago, and I know what promotion and tenure processes look like from the point of hiring to the point of official awarding by institutional leadership. My strong commitment to fair practices in promotion and tenure evaluations as well as faculty hiring undergirds my coaching with AcademicShift. Through paid and service work with professional organizations, I have coached individuals associated with a number of institutions across the nation (noted below), and these faculty members hold appointments covering a wide span of fields, including Africana Studies, Business Administration – Marketing, Business Administration – Strategic Management, Developmental Psychology, Education – Language and Literacy, English/Literature, Geography, History, Linguistics, School Psychology, Social Work, Urban Education, Urban Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies.
California State University, Long Beach
Indiana University, Bloomington
Ohio State University
Queens College, CUNY
Santa Clara University
Texas A&M University
University at Buffalo, SUNY
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Delaware
University of Houston
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Minnesota
University of Texas at Austin
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Across fall, spring, and summer semesters, I also have been previously employed as a faculty coach for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) where I was trained to provide effective coaching on matters such as strategic planning, research and writing productivity, professional development, and work-life balance for faculty.
Additionally, as a part of the Tenure Council for my institution’s School of Arts and Sciences that serves 1100 faculty members, I have been selected to serve on ad hoc committees at the college/school level for the promotion and tenure of assistant professors. Hence, I have evaluated professors’ dossiers that include various items such as department chairs’ detailed cover letters, departmental committee reports, annual evaluations, third year review letters, external letters, and all of the professors’ research, teaching, service, and miscellaneous materials. My service on the promotion committee for a senior lecturer/teaching professor, which involves different promotion criteria from tenure track faculty, led to the promotion of another faculty member as well.
Together, these experiences have provided me with further insight on the internal mentoring practices of different departments and disciplines. For the past few years, moreover, I have been a part of several faculty job searches within and outside of my department, and the searches have been positions for tenure-track assistant professors, tenured professors, visiting assistant professors, and visiting lecturers.
My participation in national leadership training programs with organizations, such as HERS (Higher Education Resource Services), Academic Impressions, and the Modern Language Association MAPS Leadership Institute, has also helped enhance my skills in matters of advising/mentoring, programming development, strategic planning, and related resource provisions.
Collectively, my employment in higher education spans different geographic locales—the Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast regions—and encompasses different types of institutions, extending from top-ranked research universities to private liberal arts universities and HBCUs. I have consistently expanded my networking and knowledge of other fields and disciplines via service in organizations at every level (from the university to the professional and to the community) and via conference participation, as I have organized panels at national and international conferences across the past 10 years.