Dr. Robin Brooks is the founder of AcademicShift, LLC, a company committed to transforming education paradigms by supporting individuals to excel beyond limits.

Our mission is to establish a positive shift in the way knowledge is produced, acquired, and applied. At the higher education level, we address the specific needs and challenges of faculty members to equip them to make meaningful contributions to their respective fields and to thrive in their overall career pursuits, including the securing of promotion and tenure via a formidable research, teaching, and service agenda. Core values that AcademicShift embraces include integrity, tenacity, and fairness. We believe driven individuals who work diligently and honorably should be afforded unencumbered access to every relevant opportunity that will allow them to achieve their goals. Fundamentally, we aim to inspire a transformative shift in academia and ensure a brighter future for both educators and learners.

“I coach tenure-track and lecturer-track faculty members to win promotion and tenure. Whatever you
need help with along your journey, I can coach you through it.” — Robin Brooks, PhD

Dr. Brooks is passionate about helping faculty members achieve their goals and obtain promotion and tenure! She is someone who can help anyone who has ever had thoughts like:

Coaching - Services

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.

Investment & What You’ll Get:

Hour-long strategy sessions

with an experienced, tenured faculty coach

Strategies on exceeding

your institution’s promotion requirements

Personalized sessions

tailored to your specific needs and goals

Opportunities

to send necessary emails between sessions

Relevant or customized resources

to support your journey

Reviews of relevant documents

such as annual faculty report or curriculum vitae

A confidential space

for guidance through any promotion-related challenge

Accountability

with reaching your promotion goals

Package 1

If you need help with payment for coaching,
schedule a discovery call!
$ 1,999
  • Four (4) hour-long strategy sessions with an experienced, tenured faculty coach
  • Strategies on how to exceed your institution’s promotion requirements
  • Personalized sessions tailored to your specific needs and goals
  • Opportunities to send necessary emails between sessions
  • Relevant or customized resources to support your journey
  • Reviews of relevant documents such as annual faculty report or curriculum vitae
  • A confidential space for guidance through any promotion-related challenge
  • Accountability with reaching your promotion goals

Package 2

If you need help with payment for coaching,
schedule a discovery call!
$ 2,899
  • Six (6) hour-long strategy sessions with an experienced, tenured faculty coach
  • Strategies on how to exceed your institution’s promotion requirements
  • Personalized sessions tailored to your specific needs and goals
  • Opportunities to send necessary emails between sessions
  • Relevant or customized resources to support your journey
  • Reviews of relevant documents such as annual faculty report or curriculum vitae
  • A confidential space for guidance through any promotion-related challenge
  • Accountability with reaching your promotion goals

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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. 

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Contact Email: AcademicShift@DrRobinBrooks.com

Coaching - Experience

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Words from Robin Brooks, PhD

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

Fordham University

Indiana University, Bloomington

Northwestern University

Ohio State University

Queens College, CUNY

Rutgers University

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.

“Transforming Education Paradigms”

Contact Email: AcademicShift@DrRobinBrooks.com

Testimonials

“Robin is an excellent coach. She provides me with real strategies, listens to me, and helps me brainstorm how to solve problems of all sizes. She is also extremely supportive.”
“Robin is always so encouraging, and such a great active listener. She kept me accountable and pushed me to succeed especially when I felt that I was falling behind.”
“Robin was engaged in my progress and responded with great advice on my questions. I could not have wished for a better coach; Robin is outstanding!”
“I found it helpful talking through my struggles and feeling heard. I like how Robin acknowledges my comments, picks up on small details, and asks more questions. She seems to really care about my success.”
“Robin’s sharing of her experiences in writing, research, time management, and general suggestions on academia were very helpful to me.”
“Robin’s listening, tips and strategies, prioritizing research, facilitating opportunities to brainstorm, and consistent and meaningful encouragement were all helpful to me.”
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