University Adviser, Director of Academic Coaching and Student Development Programs
Areas of Interest:
- Academic Coaching/Support:
- Undeclared/Exploratory Students
- First-Year Students (Committee member of First-Year and Students in Transition Seminar Program, College of Arts and Sciences)
- First Generation College Students
- Students "at risk", students in crisis and students on academic probation
- Students taking and/or returning from a Leave of Absence
- Students managing mental health issues and/or other disabilities
- High-achieving students, (e.g. University Scholars, honors students)
- Transition to College Programs (Committee member, Transfer Student Orientation)
- Faculty/Staff Training and Development
- Positive Psychology and strengths based coaching
Years with USF:14
Hometown: Hamilton, NY (that's in central NY, near Syracuse)
- BA, World Literature and Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
- MA, Counseling Psychology, (with Pupil Personnel Services Credential), University of San Francisco
- Core Strengths Coaching Certificate, San Francisco State University, Extended Learning
- National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
- I love being an Auntie to my niece and two nephews, (and they know their way around an iPhone/iPad better than I do!).
- I had no idea what my "career" would be when I was an undergraduate student, but I studied what I loved, (literature and different cultures). My life experiences after I graduated college, and went back to school for my Master's degree, led me to this current job, and a career that I love!
- I went to a public school that was K-12th grade and there were less than 50 students total in my class, (we started kindergarten together and graduated together).
- I love quotes! "Yes is a world and in this world of yes live all worlds" - e.e. cummings
- I am a fan of design blogs, coaching blogs and crafty blogs, (I try to stay away from Pinterest, etsy and Apartment Therapy, as I could literally lose hours of my life engrossed in those sites).
- I go to Fusion Rhythms dance class at Rhythm and Motion dance studio as many times a week as I can, and I believe in yoga and meditation and try to practice both regularly.
- My guilty pleasures are Fran's chocolate and sea salt caramels, (perfection!), watching Fashion Police on E!, thrift store shopping, and reading magazines, (Country Living is my favorite).
- I keep an on-going list of restaurants, websites and things to check-out in the bay area.
- I love music and have kept almost all of my concert tickets from shows over the years. I like all kinds of music, but really enjoyed seeing legends like the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, U2, BB King, Patti Smith, and many, many others over the years. My first major concert was seeing Michael Jackson and his brothers on their Victory tour in Knoxville, Tn, in 1984, (many of you reading this weren't even born yet!).
- Call me nerdy, but I love organizing and organizational tools, (pens, folders, clips, extra-sticky stickies, calendars, pretty notebooks). Good stuff.
- My Myers-Briggs type is INFJ "Intuitive Feeler" (like Oprah and Gandhi--and as far as famous examples go, you can't get much bigger than those two!).
- My Strong Interest Inventory type is A.S.I. (Artistic, Social, Investigative), (yes, I like doing assessments), and my top 5 "signature strengths" are: appreciation of beauty and excellence, gratitude, fairness, capacity to love and be loved, and curiosity, (ask me more about positive psychology assessments!). Basically, I am definitely in the right field and the right job! I love coaching, higher education and working with people to help them to be "their best self".
Email: Shona Doyle