Professional Academic Coaching Fund

The Office of the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean (OVPD) has established a Professional Academic Coaching Fund (PACF) to support pedagogical and professional achievement, and the success of faculty at U of T Scarborough across a range of career stages, by providing access to coaching services to support them in their academic roles. Coaches provide personalized support in various areas including goal setting, work-life balance, productivity, leadership, network building, career planning, and working with personal neurodiverse needs, etc. The practice of working with a coach to support personal career goals, common in other professions, is starting to catch on in academia.  Faculty at U of T Scarborough who are full time, or have a part-time continuous appointment, are eligible to apply for one PACF award of up to $3,000 to be spent by 30 November 2024.


Application deadline 1 March 2024


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Testimonials from previous PACF award recipients

"The fund had been a game changer for me in terms of professional development."

"It normalized seeking support."

"The overall experience was overwhelmingly positive.  The coaching that I received through PACF had a massive impact on my [...] year.  Having an external coach, who could give an 'outside' perspective was helpful." 

Out of all the grants and funds I have received, this one was the most useful, as it was not about outcome, deliverables, or reporting to others. It was about me, my learning journey and a long-term investment in my [...] career.   

"I was able to explore goals and ways of thinking about my job that I don’t think I would have otherwise done. My coach asked really helpful questions and provided prompts and scaffolding to help me think about things a bit differently. She also offered strategies in terms of day-to-day workflow and scheduling that have proved very helpful."