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Guidance & Counseling

Several service centers within JMU offer counseling and coaching on different topics. You can always call them directly, if you know about the services. In case you you need orientation first the Academic Staff Development is supporting you in identifying the matching service center for your needs. Either we can help you with your issues directly or we know the people responsible within JMU and can get you in contact with them.

First contact

If you need individual support you are welcome to contact the Academic Staff Development at any time. During a first interview (via phone or face-to-face), we will discuss your current needs. Afterwards, we are going to evaluate together which steps and actions might be appropriate to reach your goals in the short, medium or long term. Possibly we are the right contact for you. Otherwise we will know the right person and get you in contact.

Defining your goals

Along the road, new dimensions of development might manifest, coachings or counseling with external experts may guide you on your way or we will identify a suitably mentor for your issues.

We don't want to provide strictly defined structures. Our aim is to focus on your individual situation with your particular needs and requirements. This is how we can figure out an individual development approach for you together.

In case you already know which offers are most suitable for your current needs, please feel free to reigster right away for specific events.


Counseling & Coaching by Academic Staff Development

  • Personality development,
  • Time- & self-management,
  • Professional orientation & career management,
  • and other issues

target group: all researchers

Mentoring | cooperation of Academic Staff Development & Alumni Office

  • Personality development
  • Professional orientation & career management
  • Internationalization & Networking

target group: young scientists (doctoral students and postdocs)

start@JMU | Coaching for newly appointed professors

  • up to five individual coaching sessions
  • external coaches
  • financed by Academic Staff Development
  • your topics according to current needs and requirements
  • in a flexible manner of time and place

target group: newly appointed professors

What do I need?
Who can help me with that?

You are not sure which program fits your needs or who at JMU could possibly help you? Do not hesitate to contact Academic Staff Development. They may not always be the right people to address your problems, but they are very well connected within JMU and will be able to identity the best person to help to you.

Contact Academic Staff Development!

Further counseling and coaching at JMU

[Translate to Englisch:] ProfiLehre

University-level coaching | ProfiLehre (Hochschuldidaktik)

The areas of focus during coaching are to be determined by the coachee. You yourself may choose the topics to be worked on. The coaching relationship is private, and nothing that you discuss will be passed on to any third party. If you require technical or logistical support, ProfiLehre is happy to assist by providing meeting rooms or media.

target group: all teaching staff

[Translate to Englisch:] Büro der Universitätsfrauenbeauftragten

SCIENTIA Coaching | Office of Women's Representative

SCIENTIA Coaching strengthens leadership competence on an individual basis and prepares female researchers for their first professorship. This process-oriented form of counseling encourages self reflection of all issues correlating with one's professional identity.

target group: female habilitands, private lecturers, junior professors and (junior-)group leaders


Conflict couseling | Office for conflict management

The conflict management office acts as an independent contact point for all univeristy staff. It informs and advises JMU members on questions in the handling of conflicts. Furthermore, it fosters conflict prevention and - if necessary - helps you deal with psychological stress.

target group: all researchers

[Translate to Englisch:] Pressestelle

Interview coaching | Press and public relations office

Researcher often receive requests from press representatives for interviews. JMU's press and public relations office supports you in handling those request professionaly. Therefore, you can receive training and coaching how to communicate with press representatives effectively. Make contact whenever required!

target group: all researchers