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Tim Lightfoot on Haleakala

The Power 
of Good Advice

We are a boutique consulting and career coaching firm specializing in taking your department and faculty to the next level.


Our mission is to help individuals and departments survive and thrive within academia. 

Tim - at the top of Haleakala, contemplating life. (Maui, HI)



Taking Your Department & Faculty

to the Next Level



Dr. Tim Lightfoot Ph.D. FACSM, ACSM-RCEP, ACSM-CES


Tim's favorite saying is, "If it were easy, everyone would do it" and he draws upon this saying whether working with an Institute director, department head, professional organization, or doctoral student.


As co-founder of Academic Career Development Services, a boutique consulting firm specializing in academic programming, reorganization, accreditation, and career development, Tim has discovered firsthand that moving a department, Institute, or young faculty member forward is anything but easy.

That's why with over 30 years in academia as a researcher, professor, and administrator, Tim calls upon his knowledge, experience, and expertise to deliver constructive, creative, and practical solutions that meet the goals and timeline of his clients.


As an author Tim's wrote his first book, Physiology Phil's True Lab Experiences, to help bring the often intangible and abstract Exercise Physiology concepts concrete within the laboratory. His second book, Finding the Best Faculty Job for You: Living and Prospering in Academia, was written due to the challenges that Tim witnessed with doctoral students and post-docs who needed the tools and information to move forward in academia. 


With a desire to support young faculty, Tim wrote, Surviving Your First 5 Years As A Faculty Member, a guidebook for young academics who want to learn how to navigate the early years and promotion and tenure in academia. In his "spare time"  he took on the role as lead editor on the reference handbook Exercise and Sports Genetics from Routledge Publishing.

Tim is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Past-President of the Southeast Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, and a Past member of the Board of Trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine. ​

Tim and his wife Faith (CEO) co-founded Academic Career Development Services in 2017. 



  • Texas A&M University Distinguished Achievement Award - Graduate Mentoring 

  • Texas A&M Association of Former Students College-Level Teaching Award 

  • Graduate Teacher of the Year - UNC Charlotte University

  • Graduate Student Mentor of the Year - Texas A & M University

  • Florida Atlantic University College of Education, Distinguished Teacher

       of the Year 

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  Knowledge • Experience • Expertise


Years in Academia


Years in



Search Committees


 Years as Director of Systemwide Institute


Years as Research   Scientist



“The guidance I have received under the mentorship of Dr. Lightfoot was invaluable as I look for jobs, prepare for interviews, and negotiate for my first faculty position. Every young professional aiming to have a successful career in academia will benefit greatly from Dr. Lightfoot’s expertise and advice as they navigate through their own professional journey.” 
Dr. E. Schmitt, Assistant Professor
University of Wyoming
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Dr. Tim Lightfoot

HQ- PO Box 892, Ruidoso, NM 88355

Tel: 979-985-6150

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