You're not a typical faculty member.

No wonder the typical success path isn't working for you.

WellAcademic offers a better way - one that attends to your career and life. 


Hi! I'm Roxanne Donovan.

 As a psychologist, professor, and multiracial woman of color (Black, Asian, White) who has spent over a decade coaching 100's of faculty...

I'm deeply familiar with The Grind

  • The overwork, hypervigilance, and isolation that comes from being simultaneously invisibilized and hypervisible in the academy
  • The depletion from trying to manage untenable workloads
  • The guilt from never feeling you're giving enough to your work, your family, or yourself
  • The questioning if success in academe is worth the stress and sacrifice


Transforming faculty life is why I started WellAcademic and why I'm glad you dropped by.

So, kick off your shoes, get comfy, and let's get to know each other FAQ style.

What is WellAcademic? A spa for faculty?

Ummmm, no...not even close.

Maybe having "well" in the name confused you.

"Well" and "academic" don't usually go together.

But they should, especially if you're helping faculty achieve professional success.

Because you can't show up fully to your writing, teaching, and mentoring - or to yourself and loved ones - if you’re exhausted and stretched razor thin from laboring in a system that doesn’t always recognize your full humanity.

Not a spa. Got it. But what's this place really?

This is the place for holistic faculty development. If you want to find sustainable ways to write more, work smarter, and be well in the academy, we're here with all the training and resources you need.

And before you ask, here's what we offer...

Who is on your coaching team?

Allow me to introduce you to four of the most ah-mazing coaches around...

Tahirah Abdullah, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology

S. Tiffany Donaldson, PhD

Professor of Psychology

Nichole Guillory, PhD

Professor of Curriculum & Instruction

Rina Williams, PhD

Professor of Political Science

Is wellacademic a good fit for me?

Maybe. Maybe not.
Our sweet spot is working with individuals and institutions committed to making academe a healthier more equitable space and whose values align with ours.



We strive to build science-based offerings that attend to the deep interconnectedness between work and well-being.

We see success as a journey where factors like renewal, valued action, and connection make advancement possible.

We care about the whole person, so our frameworks engage individual, relational, and structural contexts.


We are committed to helping WOC and other minoritized faculty find belonging, joy, and achievement.

Do your programs work?

Absolutely! But don't take my word for it. Here's just a snippet of what faculty say about us.

My coach really listened and helped me to realign my personal values with my approach to work in the academy...I could not be more grateful for WellAcademic!

Marcus Hayes, MFA

Professor and Chair, Austin Peay State University 

WellAcademic gave me the sense of community I desperately needed and made me feel like I was not alone. I am forever grateful for the much-needed support.

Riva Brown, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Central Arkansas

[Roxanne's] insights and encouragement have made me a better scholar and helped me to get my priorities together...Thank you Focus Fridays!
Adrianna Santos, PhD

Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University - San Antonio

Nice! Let's get to some fun bits...

Is it true you fell out of a Porta Potty at a concert in NYC?

Who snitched? Okay, sadly, yes - to my great embarrassment and the rousing applause from the folks in line. I love New York.

Were you really a negotiator in a previous life?

Yep! For AT&T. Corporate life was like skinny jeans - I tried and tried to make it fit before realizing it just wasn't made for me.

What are three things people may not know about you?

(1) I was born in Guyana and moved to NYC when I was 8; (2) both my parents are multiracial; (3) I lose my phone about 10x a day.

Here's my official bio in 3rd person

even though y'all know I wrote it.

Roxanne A. Donovan, PhD, is a psychologist, full professor, and certified yoga teacher with over 20 years of experience practicing, writing, and teaching at the intersection of wellness and social justice.

She has published numerous works on the ways oppression influences the mental health of Black women and other people of color.

Her two coauthored books, Teaching Diversity Relationally: Engaging Emotions and Embracing Possibilities and Unraveling Assumptions: A Primer for Understanding Oppression and Privilege, apply psychological, relational, and structural perspectives to the teaching and learning of diversity.

In 2015, Dr. Donovan founded WellAcademic, a professional development organization that helps faculty of color and other scholars design purpose-driven lives of meaning, fulfillment, and vitality.

Okay, I'm all in. Now what?

You can start right now with something simple.

Access the free guide to clearing your calendar, (re)claiming your time, and protecting your well-being – without the side serving of guilt.

You're only 4 steps away from more clarity and peace.