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It's always a pleasure to work with RWJF's New Connections Network. Below you will find the materials from my symposium presentation and some additional information, resources, and gifts for you.

Strategies for Dealing With Stress, Rejection & Toxicity in the Academy

Are you stressed? Do you feel devastated when your articles and/or grant proposals get rejected? Is the pressure of publishing/funding your work making you sick? If any of this sounds familiar and you have difficulty managing the negative energy and rejection in your environment, this workshop will help you to:

  • Understand the impact that stress and negativity can have if they are not managed
  • Identify the most common areas of stress in academic life
  • Concrete strategies for managing the physical, emotional, and attitudinal effects of stress

If you attended the workshop, you can obtain a copy of the slides for your workshop here: Download the slides

If you missed the workshop, click here to download: Slides and Audio File



Do you struggle to share your writing at early stages because it’s not perfect? Do you find yourself devastated by criticism of your work? Do you beat yourself up every time the tiniest thing goes wrong? Is it difficult for you to celebrate other people’s success because it reminds you of your own shortcomings? If any of these things sound familiar, CONGRATULATIONS! You’re a perfectly normal perfectionist! The only problem is that the nature of the Academy is likely to exacerbate your perfectionist tendencies, as opposed to minimize them. In this workshop, perfectionists will unite to get clear about:

  • The causes and consequences of excessive perfectionism
  • The features of academic life that intensify perfectionism
  • Strategies that identify when your perfectionism is at work, assess whether it is useful or debilitating, and adjust your standards and behavior accordingly.
  • The secret to finding real satisfaction in every step of the writing process

Download the audio and slides.



I mentioned this briefly but you can read more about this by clicking here.



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 workshop, 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.

Download the audio and slides.


Many academics find it incredibly difficult to sort out when, why and how to say "NO." In this workshop, you'll learn: 1) the biggest mistakes faculty make in responding to requests, 2) how to identify and disrupt problematic patterns and 3) our favorite strategies that you can implement immediately so you can add "no" to your vocabulary.

Download the audio and slides.

Here's a lengthier description of the different types of writing accountability structures to support your productivity: Click here


Typically, we only do this for our members but we're happy to match you up with a buddy. All you need to do is send an email with "I want a buddy" in the subject line to Kristin ( and we'll connect you with another recovering perfectionist.


I mentioned a number of supportive resources and referrals that you can use to support your writing (nags, coaches, online writing groups, etc...). All of them can be found by clicking on the "Resources and Referrals" button in the left hand navigation bar.


The workshop you experienced was an example of the types of Tele-Workshops we offer each month to our institutional and community members. If you would like to participate in the workshops and forum, please consider becoming an individual NCFDD Community Member or asking your college/university to become an Institutional Member.


Some of you expressed interest in our 15-week Boot-Camp that runs every Fall, Spring, and Summer Semester. You can read more about the program by clicking here. It's not for everyone, but if you need to make some radical changes in your productivity and/or work-life balance AND you know that you'll be most effective working within an intense community of support and accountability, then consider enrolling in our next session.
I am looking forward to hearing about all of your success.

Kerry Ann

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