Graduate Student Coaching Program

Graduate Student Coaching Program

This year, students enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral program through the School of Graduate Studies and individuals engaged in a Post Doctoral program will be offered the opportunity to receive professional coaching. This program will be offered to approximately 15-20 students.


A trained coach partners with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

We anchor the coaching in intentional change theory. Intentional change theory provides the foundation for optimal learning and development through a model of 5 discoveries, including:

  1. Discovering your Ideal Self
  2. Understanding your Real Self
  3. Creating a Learning Agenda
  4. Experimenting with New Behaviors and
  5. Leveraging Trusting Relationships

In your coaching process, you'll move clockwise around the model, spending time in each phase. As a trusted ally, your coach will help you to identify the underlying motivations that guide your behavior and will support you in making a plan for your development.

Coaches have volunteered their time to initiate this pilot program and each have been certified by the Weatherhead School of Management's Executive Education program in coaching.

Participants will be engaged in structured activities and self-reflection that will result in significant professional and personal development.

  • There will be two information session to help participants learn more: Wednesday, November 15 at noon in Tomlinson 135 and Thursday, November 16 at 5:15 p.m. in Thwing 224
  • The coaching period will be January- early April 2018. Each participant will engage in up to 3 individual coaching sessions during that time.
  • Selected students must attend a Coaching Program Orientation luncheon on Friday, December 15 at noon in the Tinkham Veale University Center
  • Students must apply for this limited-capacity program by Friday, December 1, 2017.
    Apply online via OrgSync >


This initiative is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities & Leadership and the Graduate Professional Development Center. For questions, please contact Colleen Barker-Williamson in the Office of Student Activities & Leadership, or call 216.368.2679.