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Academic Impressions Webcast: Managing Difficult Faculty

Using case studies, you will practice four steps for dealing with difficult faculty who exhibit unprofessional, unproductive, or even destructive behavior. Throughout this program, we will examine:

  • Essential elements of success
  • Step 1: Engage
  • Step 2: Manage
  • Step 3: Enforce
  • Step 4: Marginalize

What do we mean by difficult faculty and why does it matter?

Do any of these faculty members sound familiar to you: the “rarely ever seen,” the “meeting disrupter,” the “toxic personality,” the “bully,” the “non-collaborator,” the “terrible teacher,” the “hasn’t produced any scholarship in decades,” the “never volunteers for anything,” or the “criticizes other faculty and administration to the students”? These are just some of the many challenging faculty characteristics that supervisors, directors, chairs, and deans must manage.

Difficult faculty are particularly challenging to manage as they are often tenured and don’t acknowledge the department chair as a true authority. Academic leadership must nonetheless address difficult faculty behaviors because they can undermine your department’s effectiveness in achieving its mission.

Who Should Attend

This online training is appropriate for program directors, department chairs, deans and their staff, provosts, and other academic administrators. You will learn to:

  • Identify and address problematic behaviors early
  • Identify and employ the best strategies suited to different behavioral types
  • Create written agreements that establish conduct expectations and the consequences of not adhering to them
  • Minimize the impact of problematic behavior on your department
  • Protect yourself from retribution, now and future

Access this webcast through your Academic Impressions membership.