Delighted you found your way to our corner of the interwebs.
We're all about helping depleted faculty create wildly successful AND nourishing work-lives (without having to leave the academy to do it).
Yes, it's possible.
In case we haven't met,
I'm Roxanne Donovan, founder of WellAcademic.
As a licensed psychologist, professor, multiracial woman of color (Black, Asian, White), and mama to two kids I had pre-tenure,
I'm all too familiar with THE GRIND.
That place where your days are spent sweaty-sprinting from one obligation to the next...where exhaustion is your norm...where you question if academe is worth the stress and sacrifice.
I DON'T WANT THAT FOR YOU. FOR ME. FOR ANY OF US.
That's why I've spent the last decade using psychological and Black feminist practices to carve out a healthier, more joyful path through academic life – and sharing it with others.
If you're ready to slow down while doing more of what matters,
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.
Do your programs work?
Absolutely! But don't take my word for it. Here's just a snippet of what faculty say about working with us.
[Roxanne's] insights and encouragement have made me a better scholar and helped me to get my priorities together.
Adrianna Santos, PhD
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University - San Antonio
WellAcademic gave me the sense of community I desperately needed and made me feel like I was not alone.
Riva Brown, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Central Arkansas
I have regained a connection with my own research that is fruitful and joyful...I feel productive and proud of my progress.
Flavia Bastos, PhD
Professor, University of Cincinnati
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 She/Her
S. Tiffany Donaldson, PhD
Professor of Psychology She/Her
Nichole Guillory, PhD
Professor of Curriculum & Instruction She/Her
Rina Williams, PhD
Professor of Political Science She/Her
Is wellacademic a good fit for me?
Our sweet spot is working with individuals and institutions committed to making academe a healthier more equitable space and whose values align with ours.
OUR VALUES ARE...
We strive to build science-based offerings that attend to the deep interconnectedness between work and well-being.
Academe can be isolating so we prioritize creating spaces where diverse faculty can experience a sense of belonging.
Our frameworks engage individual, relational, and structural contexts because we care about the whole person.
We are committed to helping WOC and other minoritized faculty find connection, joy, and achievement.
Nice! Let's end with 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.
Dr. Roxanne Donovan is a former corporate negotiator turned psychologist, professor, and author.
She is a nationally recognized expert on topics of well-being and social justice and features regularly in the media (e.g., The Washington Post, The Conversation, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Georgia Public Radio).
Dr. Donovan brings an intersectional lens rooted in liberation to her work, publishing and presenting extensively on the role of gendered racism in the mental health outcomes of Black women and other women of color.