Higher education is a unique environment where educators frequently move into administrative roles with little or no leadership training. As a result, individuals can get frustrated, and the institution fails to achieve its goals and potential.
Our coaches have over 35 years of experience in non-profits, higher education, and the corporate world. All of this paired with our passion for human behavior helps individuals and organizations achieve success.
We strive to understand why people do what they do and what can be done to impact behavior. Our expertise and learnings have been applied in group homes for youth, elementary classrooms, corporate boardrooms and the most senior levels of administration in academia.
Through working with their coach, the leader clarifies what they want, sets goals, overcomes fears and shortcomings, and is held accountable to enact change so they find success. The Coach is both their champion and challenger; An independent third party providing something they rarely find elsewhere in their life.
Tim founded Ressmeyer Partners in 2013, and since then has coached hundreds of professionals in individual and group programs. A background that includes the academic, corporate and non-profit professional experience positions him well to work with the unique needs of leaders in academia looking to be happier, more successful, and more fulfilled.
Tim has been hired by individuals knowing that an investment in coaching will help them move forward. Costs are covered by professional development funds provided by the institution, monies available through existing grants, or out of their own pocket. Senior leaders (Presidents, Provosts, Deans) who see the value of coaching and leadership development for themselves and those for whom they are responsible will allocate money from their budgets.
Coaching programs are customized for the individual or team and can include 1:1 coaching, group coaching of leaders, and workshops for larger groups such as academic or administrative departments. Goals are established for the individual or groups, and there are regular check-in points with stakeholders to make sure the program is on track.
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Tim’s academic credentials include an undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University, a Master’s from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. All of his degrees are in Political Science with concentrations in political behavior, quantitative research methods, politics and the life sciences, and American politics.
While doing his doctoral coursework, Tim served on the faculty as a research and teaching faculty member. He carried out research as a member of the Social Science Research Institute, the Longitudinal Survey of American Youth, and the International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy at the Chicago Academy of Sciences. He presented numerous professional papers at professional conferences, including the American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, and Southern Political Science Association.
His dissertation, Attentiveness and Mobilization for Science Policy (1994) expanded on a model of political participation that suggests when trying to enact policy, leaders can identify those citizens most likely to engage by stratifying them as being nonattentive, interested, or part of the attentive public to a specific policy domain.
Tim left academia after completing his doctorate and for 20 years worked within the corporate world, primarily in the areas of market research and consumer insights. When asked how the Ph.D. in Political Science aligns with market research, Tim answers, “Understanding why someone votes Democrat or Republican is not unlike discovering why someone buys Tide or Cheer laundry detergent.”
In his corporate career, he worked with clients such as Procter and Gamble and Pepsico, managed local and global teams, presented original research at professional conferences, and produced thought leadership pieces for industry publications. His last corporate position was as Senior Vice President – Group Director of Analytics for Starcom Mediavest, part of the Publicis/Leo Burnett advertising group.
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