Our members are our greatest asset at ACTP and we love to highlighting the work that they do and the resources they are proud of on a weekly basis.  On ACTP Thursdays, we put the spotlight on a member of the week, a resource of the week, or a best practice of the week. We’re a community of learning. We work best when we share our passions and practices.

Today, we bring you the work of ACTP Board Member, Jan Hoffman who is our new Membership Chair!  Jan is also an Academic Coach at the ACHIEVE Program at East Stroudsburg University.  Here’s Jan!

ACTP: What drove you to the field of academic support and coaching?

Jan: From the beginning, I was interested in working in higher education – I got my Master’s in Guidance Counseling with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership.  I worked in career development for 12 years, which I enjoyed, but it was a nice segue into coaching.  The department I work in now houses our “undeclared population” and I use my major exploration background from my career development days when pairing our undeclared students with majors that fit their skills and interests.  I find I have always been a “coach” in some way– helping, listening, offering solutions… so academic coaching allows me to do that as a career!  I find the motivational piece the part of my job that I enjoy the most.  I work with the below 2.0 population and it is really rewarding to help them through their tribulations, put them in classes that you know will be suited towards their strengths, and help them build the skills to be successful to get them back into good academic standing.

ACTP: What do you love the most about your job?

Jan: I love helping students in a comprehensive way.  I love having practical approaches that you can put into action now.  It’s not just about motivation, it’s about finding practical solutions for their situation.  I also find it fun and that is important to me.

ACTP: What’s a big challenge that you are facing at your center?

Jan: A challenge is student engagement; in fact, it is probably the biggest challenge on campus (from my perspective).

ACTP: What’s one piece of advice you would give to your colleagues?

Jan:  We all need to loosen up a little bit!  We need to have fun and not take our jobs and the politics of the institution so seriously.  We need to focus on why we do this work, enjoying each other, enjoying the work we do and working well together.

ACTP: What’s a fun fact (not related to coaching) that we should know about you?

Jan: As a college athlete, I was a 4-time all American in track and field and cross country.  I was the fastest American female miler in the country (4:24 for the 1500 outdoors and 4:49 for the indoors for 1600 among NCAA Division II athletes).  I pull on my student-athlete background frequently when I work with my students.

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