how to Engage In healthy conflict
Facilitator: Rachel McLaren, PhD
Do you often feel drained by departmental drama?
Do feel unclear how to handle conflicts that arise in your department?
Are you unsure when, where, and how to manage conflict with people who will be voting on your tenure?
Academics are notoriously conflict avoidant and the inability to manage conflict can result in negative physical, emotional, and relational consequences for tenure-track faculty. So why not learn early in your career to master the SKILL of healthy conflict so that you can effectively manage conflicts as they arise and avoid carrying around all of the negative energy, anger and resentment in your mind and body.
In this webinar, you will learn:
- How conflict-management is an essential part of thriving in the Academy.
- How to decide when to push-back and when to pull back in the face of conflict.
- The difference between healthy and unhealthy conflict.
- How to get clear about the role that power plays in resolving departmental conflicts.
- Ten tips for engaging in healthy conflict.
About the Facilitator
Rachel McLaren, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies Department at the University of Iowa. She is a writing coach for the Faculty Success Program and a certified workshop facilitator for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. She enjoys helping faculty members develop writing habits and practices to help them be productive while still having a life and prioritizing their personal well-being. Rachel’s research focuses on interpersonal communication and how people make sense of and talk about difficult experiences in their relationships. Rachel works hard to squeeze the most out of her work hours, so she can enjoy down time with her husband, 4-year old daughter, 2-year old son, newborn daughter and two dogs. She enjoys hosting get-togethers at her home, working out, reading fiction, and using technology to keep in touch with her friends and family that live far away.