coaching & consulting for higher-ed professionals

Life in academia isn't easy. The many competing demands may have you in a state of constant overdrive, rushing from one thing to the next with little time to breathe let alone reflect on where you are and where you're headed. The hope of accomplishing all of your professional goals while maintaining some sense of balance and calm can begin to feel like a pipe dream.

As a faculty member and academic leader at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for two decades, I experienced these challenges firsthand. And as one of very few women in my department throughout my academic career (including as an undergraduate and graduate student), I know what it's like to feel both conspicuous and invisible at the very same time.

I founded nodramaturg coaching & consulting* to support professionals in higher education (and beyond) who want to find a better way. In one-on-one coaching sessions tailored to your specific needs, we'll uncover obstacles and consider new perspectives, leading to enhanced productivity and well-being. Sessions typically take place by phone or video conference, so there are no geographic constraints.


I think you'll find that having someone squarely in your corner can make a world of difference.


I most often work with...

  • Women higher-ed leaders

Leadership roles provide incredible opportunities for learning and growth and can also lead to burnout and overwhelm, especially if you're an introvert who is accustomed to controlling your own calendar and having ample alone-time to think. Women leaders may face additional challenges like having to prove themselves or battling perfectionistic tendencies. If any of this feels familiar, I'd love to explore how I might help you maximize your impact and flourish, both personally and professionally. Learn more about my coaching packages for leaders.

  • Assistant professors who challenge stereotypes 

Life as an assistant professor can feel like a hurricane. You’re blown from one demand to the next while trying to carve out the time and energy required to build an excellent record of scholarship. The pressure may leave you feeling de-energized and overwhelmed. If you don't fit the stereotypical professorial mold, the pressure can feel even more intense. I'd love to help you find some calm (and ideally some joy!) in the storm. Let's get clear about what you want and need both personally and professionally and make sure that you have the ongoing support to make it happen. Learn more about my work with assistant professors.

In addition to one-on-one coaching, I enjoy providing consulting and group-coaching services both virtually and in person.

Wondering whether I'd be a good fit? Let's find out! Please contact me to schedule a complimentary phone call. 

And one more thing before you go...

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noun    stand·out    \ ˈstand-ˌau̇t \

One that is prominent or conspicuous

especially because of excellence

I invite you to join The STANDOUT Professor community to receive updates on resources that may be of interest, like The STANDOUT Professor blog and free webinars for faculty and leaders. Plus you'll qualify for subscriber-only discounts on paid programs. 

We are continually working to develop new resources and programs to help underrepresented faculty and leaders thrive. Please check out our (as of now, single-episode) podcast, Voices of Authentic Excellence, and let us know if you want more!

*Wondering where the name "nodramaturg" comes from?  Find out here.

© Elizabeth Odders-White 2020

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