Academic Coach Support

Who Are The Academic Coaches and How Do I Schedule a Meeting With One?

Do you want the expertise and assistance of successful University Scholars? If your answer is yes, schedule an appointment with an Academic Coach!

The Russell Cowell Center offers the assistance of a talented group of Academic Coaches ready to provide you with academic support, awareness of university resources and insights, and help you maximize your Temple experience. In the next section, you will see their mini-profiles to provide you with a brief introduction to each Coach. We encourage you to read each profile and "get to know them." Fill out the survey at to request a meeting with your coach. You will be contacted within 2 business days to confirm your meeting.

What is an Academic Coach?

Academic coaching is an interactive process that focuses on the personal relationship created between the student and the coach. The coach challenges the student to think about his or her personal and/or professional goals in order to relate them to his or her academic/educational goals. In this learning process, it is important for the coach to encourage the student to become more self-aware by understanding his or her strengths, values, interests, purpose, and passion. Definition from the National ACademic ADvising Association (NACADA).

Why should I seek an Academic Coach?

All students have times where they could benefit from the advice of a mentor or peer who understands the challenges of being a student at Temple whether it be lost in this big university or course, frustrated in your academic performance, or seeking insight on developing your academic or career plan and more. In those moments, the advice and wisdom of a trusted, knowledgeable and confidential source can make the difference between success and failure, hope and frustration, fear or confidence. You now have another resource at your disposal to assist you in those times of need. The RCC Academic Coaches are Temple undergraduate students who are highly involvement in university activities and/or organizations and are very successful academically. They are able to help you:

  • 1. Specify what you want to achieve;
  • 2. Identify the nature of the problem or challenge you may be experiencing;
  • 3. Encourage and enable you to look within to learn more about yourself;
  • 4. Generate solutions and strategies to problems or situations;
  • 5. Teach you the skills and strategies for academic and university success; and
  • 6. Become accountable for your actions/inaction and decisions.

How long does Academic Coaching last?

Consider your Academic Coach process as Academic Professional Development. After yourinitial meeting with your Academic Coach, the Coach will assess your needs and determine theperiod of time that you will work with the Academic Coach. Typically, you will be asked to commit to one academic semester. As in Professional Development, you will learn a variety of skills during the process and your Academic Coach will work closely with you to ensure you are able to achieve your goals and implement the strategies and skills that your Coach will teach you during the process. At the end of each semester the Coach will conduct and exit interview to determine if you met your goals and/or desire to continue the process the next semester.

What happens when during a coaching session?

The meetings are a collaborative and participatory process among you and the Academic Coach.Students are guided through the session, where the Academic Coach will enlist backgroundinformation about your needs and interest, conduct an assessment to examine your skills,determine with you a plan of action to remedy the situation.

Coaching sessions last from 15-30 minutes on average and can be scheduled on a weekly or monthly basis, depending on the needs of the student. While most appointments occur during the 9am-5pm time block, Saturday and evening appointments are available as well. After the initial session, which must be an in-person session, students can contact their Coaches via email or phone to ask questions, clarify information or plan future actions. These sessions are followed by an in-person meeting to review and debrief the outcomes and planned actions or activities to ensure students are progressing toward their goals.

All information that is shared is confidential and will not be shared with other students, university offices, or personnel.