Supporting our faculty to thrive throughout their career is a priority for the UW School of Medicine.

We are developing a Faculty Coaching Program focused on the professional development of our mid-career faculty given the positive impact on leadership development, well-being, and supporting them and their teams.

Informational Session  |  November 16th at 4:30pm

Watch the recording from our informational session here (UW NetID required)



Frequently Asked Questions about the Faculty Coaching Program

What is coaching and how does it differ from mentoring?

A coach is trained to use inquiry as a central strategy to help clients co-create a vision and path to move to the next stage in their career. The relationship is confidential, short-term, and aimed to facilitate the client achieving their fullest potential through enhancing skills, self-awareness, and self-management In contrast to mentorship models, an academic coach may or may not have expertise in the realm of the self-identified need(s) in their client, but they are skilled at helping the client accurately reflect on their performance, their needs for growth, and gain insight into desired outcomes. Coaches help clients create specific action-oriented plans to achieve their goals while providing a space for accountability and re-assessment of their needs. Coaching has been found to be an effective strategy for organizations to build stronger teams and leaders but has been underutilized in academic medicine


Why should I get coaching?

The literature supports the ideal use of coaching for growth-focused career development.   A number of leaders in academic medicine (locally and across the country) have found executive coaching to be an important tool for their own leadership growth.  We recognize the need for ongoing external executive coaching for senior leadership throughout UW Medicine and feel this internal program complements various uses of external coaching.  This program responds to the identified need of professional growth for mid-career faculty leaders, to address barriers (e.g., cost, availability, and identification of the coaches with expertise in specific areas), and equity (i.e., accessibility for coaching across departments in the SoM).

I have a faculty colleague who is having a problem with professionalism; can a coach in this program be used for this reason?

No, this coaching program is for self-directed leadership development, well-being, and to support faculty thriving in their academic career. Response to remediation is outside the scope of this program and handled within School of Medicine departments.

Who can apply to be a coach?

Applicants must hold a faculty appointment in the School of Medicine and should have an outstanding track record of supporting faculty via mentorship and/or coaching. We are prioritizing mid- to senior-career faculty members. Applicants do not need to be currently certified as a coach; coach training will be supported on acceptance to the program if needed.

What is the time investment for coach training?

We anticipate the training to take you around 6 months to complete. If you choose to get ICF certification, that may require an additional time commitment.

Can we choose the coach training program?

No, our office has carefully considered several coaching programs to find the best fit for our faculty and the goals of the faculty coaching program.