Higher Education Coaches Special Interest Group

  • Thursday, May 21, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Virtually through ZOOM
  • 8


ICF Raleigh is hosting an interest meeting for the Higher Education Coaches Special Interest Group (HEC-SIG).  The meeting will be held Thursday, May 21 from 9:00-10:00am via Zoom.  The group will focus on achieving these outcomes.

    Create communities to support coaching in higher education
    Share promising practices, lessons learned, suggestions for future directions
    Familiarize coaches with needs of undergrads, grads, & faculty/admin populations
    Institutional/organizational capacity building through campus leaders and policy-makers
    Build evidence for and evaluating the effectiveness of coaching in higher ed
    Create more visibility and recognition

What purpose would you want it to fill?  Educational, troubleshooting, community building or something else?  Come be part of the discussion.

Seeking HEC-SIG coordinators for local campuses at local Universities and Colleges!

HEC-SIG Cycle 1 will kick off in July 2020!

Tentative dates for Cycle 1: July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17
Third Thursdays from 8:00-10:00am
PLUS: Join us for Higher Ed Coaching SIG Session at the Virtual Summit in June!


Rebekah Layton, PhD, CMD, PCC, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Maryam McHaghegh, MSc, North Carolina State University


Rebekah Layton, PhD, CMC, PCC, is the Director of Professional Development Programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rebekah provides individual career coaching and leadership mentoring for trainees, and is a Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC). She is a published author on professional development and career outcomes, a contributor to Inside HigherEd Carpe Careers, and a member of the Graduate Career Consortium where she currently serves as the Southeast Regional Director. Rebekah designs, implements, and evaluates a comprehensive professional and career development program housed in the Office of Graduate Education supporting biomedical graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. Her expertise in personality and social psychology includes the study of self-regulation and goal-setting. Rebekah firmly believes that exciting career options await each trainee, and she helps individuals to identify and capitalize on their strengths to prepare for the next steps that are right for them to launch them toward career success.

Maryam Mohaghegh, MSc, is the Founder of Coaches in Academia, an online community of coaches in Higher Education. Maryam is a Lecturer of Persian Language and Culture at North Carolina State University where she serves as the ICF Academic Liaison, a member of the Board for Student Success and Program Coordinator for Asian Language Concentration. Maryam developed expertise as a scientist in molecular biology and virology, before turning her energies toward languages and teaching. Most recently, she has blended her passion for helping students learn and grow through teaching in the academy, with her passion for serving the whole person through coaching. She is a trained graduate of the Business Coach Institute in Raleigh and now brings her coaching skills to support students and faculty. Maryam believes coaching as a required element of higher education as they attempt in defining and designing their future path and works to bring it forward.

LOCATION:  via Zoom

REGISTRATION FEES: The interest meeting is open to members, non-members, and guests.  This includes experienced internal and external coaches in higher education, aspiring coaches, as well as faculty/staff who would like to expand coaching skills.

Please contact rlayton@unc.edu or mmohagh@ncsu.edu with questions if you're interested in becoming a campus leader or for more information.

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