I'm Teri Chettiar, a career coach and academic. Read on to learn more about me.

I have a PhD in History from Northwestern and am a faculty member at a large public research university. Prior to my current position, I held postdoctoral fellowships in the US and Europe. I've had considerable experience with research, writing, and publication, service, teaching and mentoring students—and also applying for and landing academic jobs.

Before I joined the tenure-track, I was mostly stressed and anxious about work. I worried about whether what I wrote was original enough for publication. I worried about whether I was worthy of a job in academia. I often worried about whether I fit in (a feeling that was accentuated by being a woman of color in predominantly white spaces).


How everything changed

At the time, I believed that these terrible feelings would subside once I had landed a stable job. Once this happened, I actually found myself at my lowest. I was juggling developing new courses, writing 80-minute lectures for the first time, applying for research funding, and in the middle of it all trying (and often failing) to squeeze in time to finish my book.

My anxiety about accomplishing everything I set out for myself led me to work most evenings and weekends, and took time away from parenting my toddler and spending time with my partner.

I would tell myself that the way that I was living was temporary, that it would all be over once I’d gotten a handle on my new job, once I’d prepared a reliable roster of courses, once my book was done, once I’d won a research fellowship to start developing my next book, once I’d gotten tenure.

I was delaying all happiness to a future moment when everything that I needed to get done to ensure job security and success was over and done with.

After arriving very close to full mental exhaustion and physical burnout two years ago, I discovered and began to consistently practice life-changing career and life coaching techniques that gave me a radically new sense of perspective and control. My productivity increased, my mental health vastly improved, and my overall enjoyment of life has heightened beyond all expectation. This transformation has been so profound that I felt compelled to share it with others. I completed an intensive, year-long training course with the Life Coach School and in several additional modalities (inner voice facilitation, mindfulness meditation, and polyvagal theory).

If any of this resonates with your own experience, I would love the opportunity to work with you.

A bit more about me


- PhD in History, Northwestern

- Certified Life Coach, The Life Coach School

Research Areas

- History of Medicine and Psychology

- Cultural History

- Gender and Sexuality Studies


I live in Urbana IL with my husband, 5-year-old son, dog, and cat. In my spare time, I love to cook, read (usually around 8 books at once), travel, and am happiest when spending time in peaceful natural settings.


I cannot recommend Teri enough! I was completely overwhelmed trying to balance all of the moving parts of new tenure-track job and through our coaching I learned extremely helpful time management (and mind management) strategies that have helped to calm the stress and boost my productivity. It's been transformative.

Amy M., client

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