Leslie Kern, PhD

Leslie looking up at a painting of a snake with fangs out.
Dr. Leslie Kern. “Snake” by Jon Claytor.

My coaching practice is intended to help clients find or rediscover work that’s fulfilling, sustainable, and meaningful.

All of my work is informed by a feminist, social justice-oriented worldview. Therefore, I aim to create a space that is LGBTQIAA2S-friendly, anti-racist, anti-ableist, and anti-colonial.

I’m currently an associate professor in the department of geography & environment and in the women’s and gender studies program at Mount Allison University. I’m also the director of women’s and gender studies. I have a doctorate in gender, feminist, and women’s studies from York University.  I do research on gender and cities, gentrification, and environmental justice. My pronouns are she/her.

My academic experience

The experience that I bring to academic coaching includes:

  • surviving graduate school
  • publishing my dissertation as a monograph
  • working as an adjunct, contract, tenure-track, and (eventually!) tenured professor
  • publishing multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters
  • writing in many different formats (for textbooks, encyclopedia, book reviews)
  • publishing a successful trade non-fiction book
  • working and publishing with multiple collaborators and students
  • conducting peer review of dozens of scholarly books and articles
  • writing successful national multi-year research grants
  • getting an international visiting scholar grant
  • raising a child while attending grad school and working as early career faculty
  • organizing conferences
  • extensive award-winning teaching experience
  • directing an academic program
  • wide variety of university service experiences, including hiring
  • surviving three prolonged labour strikes

My coach training

My coach training is through Erickson International. I have also completed training on Developmental Editing for Academics with Dr. Laura Portwood-Stacer, offered through the Editorial Freelancers Association.