Steven K. Wendell, PhD, PC, is the Founding Director of the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development at the University of Pittsburgh and an assistant professor in the Departments of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology. In 2012, Dr. Wendell simultaneously completed an ICF certified coach training program while designing and implementing a two semester credit-based graduate course based on coaching approaches that is now offered as “Foundations of Successful Career Planning and Development”. In 2015, Dr. Wendell and Dr. Janice Sabatine were recipients of an Institute of Coaching research grant to study the impact of this coaching-based course supplemented with external coaching; “The Impact of Developmental Coaching on Career Adaptability Capacity and Moderators of Sustained Career Development among Graduate Students”. Dr. Wendell is also leveraging his experience integrating coaching approaches into academia as co-investigator together with professional coach consultant, Dr. Michael Forlenza, on projects funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) such as “Professional Mentoring Skills in Service to Diversity” (PROMISED) (PI, Doris Rubio) ; “Leading Emerging And Diverse Scientist to Success” (LEADS) (PI, Doris Rubio) The subsequent “Train the Trainer” program for LEADS will further disseminate the benefits of professional coaching approaches in academia.
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