Dr. Bernard has coached hundreds of students through successful, meaningful college experiences and on to careers, graduate school, and professional degrees. She has served as an academic advisor, director for academic honors and professional mentoring programs, college instructor, and a university administrator focused on retention efforts.  

She is renowned for her exceptional commitment to students’ well-being and learning, and for offering invaluable guidance during both ordinary transitions and especially difficult circumstances.



PhD, Rhetoric and Public Culture

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 2007—2012

Fellow, Center for Leadership 2009-2012

Fellow, Searle Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning 2009-2012

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 2002—2004

Bachelor of Arts

Trinity University, San Antonio, TX 1998—2002

Kairos offers clients a proven process for coaching students to success. It has been developed and refined through years of one-on-one academic mentoring and in-depth research in the scholarship of student development, collegiate teaching and learning, and theories of student persistence.  Your coaching process and the length of our partnership are tailored to meet your unique needs.

The Kairos Process facilitates your success during major college transitions. It is particularly productive for students who are going through the following phases:
  • Readiness Prepare to take independent responsibility for your academic, social, and personal well-being before you start your college career
  • Seeking Explore your options and chart a new course when you recognize that your plans need to change due to your personal circumstances or academic struggles 
  • Launching Take meaningful action to secure the future you've been building--whether you are planning for your career or continuing your education at the graduate level   
Over the course of ten one-on-one sessions, you will define your interests, develop a plan, and build the skills and tools that are required to put it into action. Once you have completed the process, you can signing on for personalized follow-on guidance and support. Many client choose to work together for a summer, a semester, or a full academic year.  
Stages of Collaboration
-We begin with a careful 360° assessment of your approach to learning, your needs, your resources, and your goals.
-Next, we collaborate to craft your Strategic Academic Plan or Strategic Professional Plan so you know how to build your future. At this stage, you will be coached to develop the specialized skills and tactics required for your plans to succeed.
-Finally, you curate your Learning or Professional Portfolio, suitable for sharing with other mentors and prospective employers. This unique collection will shine a spotlight on your unique aptitudes and the experiences that have shaped your education with more detail than a transcript or résumé. 


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