© 2017 by Elizabeth Odders-White

© Elizabeth Odders-White 2017

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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. I founded nodramaturg coaching & consulting to support higher-education professionals who seek to find a better way. In one-on-one coaching sessions tailored to your specific needs, we'll uncover the obstacles in your way and consider new perspectives. I think you'll find that having someone squarely in your corner can make a world of difference for your productivity and your sense of well-being.

Curious? If so, I'd love to connect. Please contact me to schedule a complimentary phone call (even if you aren't in higher ed!) or scroll down to learn more. Services are typically provided remotely, by phone or video conference, so I am able to work with individuals and organizations around the world. 


noun    stand·out    \ ˈstand-ˌau̇t \

One that is prominent or conspicuous

especially because of excellence

Throughout my academic career (and even dating back to my undergraduate and grad-school days), I was consistently one of very few women in my department. As a result, I experienced the odd sensation of feeling both conspicuous and invisible at the very same time.


In my work as a coach, I engage primarily with others who share this experience, whether due to gender or other aspects of identity. Most of my clients fall into the one of the following two groups:


  •   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 can face additional challenges in leadership roles, including tendencies toward perfectionism and difficulty saying "no." I'd love to help you SOMETHING. Learn about my coaching packages for leaders.

  •   Tenure-track assistant professors

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 needed to build an excellent record of scholarship. The pressure may have you feeling de-energized and overwhelmed. Together, we'll help you get clear about what you want and need (both at work and at home), work with you to lay out a plan to make it happen, and ensure that you have the ongoing support you need to succeed. Learn more about my coaching packages for assistant professors.

I also provide consulting and group-coaching experiences. Learn more.

In addition to offering coaching and consulting services, I created The STANDOUT Professor portal to share resources like The STANDOUT Professor blog and Voices of Authentic Excellence, the new STANDOUT Professor podcast, both of which are designed to help underrepresented faculty and leaders thrive. I occasionally lead webinars and online groups, as well, with the goal of creating a supportive community that respects and values the rich array of experiences each of us brings to our work. The sense of belonging that is cultivated by coming together to strengthen skills, share words of encouragement, and celebrate successes energizes and propels all involved to new levels of professional and personal excellence.

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