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Transition Opportunities at the University of Rochester (TOUR)

TOUR Academic Coaches

What does it mean to be an Academic Coach?

Academic coaches have the opportunity to work one-on-one with TOUR students, supporting them as they tackle a college course and navigate the academic and social landscape of the University of Rochester. Serving as an academic coach is a challenging and rewarding experience bound to change the way you think about mentoring, inclusive higher education, and disabilities.

TOUR coaches having fun


Interested in working as an Academic Coach or Lead Coach for TOUR during the 2017-2018 academic year? View the job descriptions and apply online using the links below.

Academic Coach Job Description
Academic Coach Application - Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for Fall 2017

IMPORTANT: All new TOUR coaches must enroll in CAS 125 Creating an Inclusive Campus Community: Disability, Mentorship, and Inclusive Higher Education (Fridays, 2–3:30 p.m.). Throughout this course students will explore the history, meaning, and lived reality of disability, with an emphasis on defining disability as diversity rather than deficit. The course is designed especially to support students serving as mentors or coaches to fellow UR students who experience intellectual and/or developmental disability (IDD) and participate in Transition Opportunities at UR (TOUR).


Have questions about academic coaching and/or CAS 125? Contact Mary Beth Spinelli at

Group picture of TOUR coaches

TOUR Academic Coaches

Meet this year’s TOUR academic coaches.