Working Effectively with Faculty

Presentations, half-day trainings, online course, webinars, consulting with administrators/staff and faculty
It takes strong, productive staff-faculty relationships to create the best in education, research and organizational effectiveness. Working with faculty members takes understanding, special approaches and creativity. It helps to understand the structure and culture of academic institutions, faculty work-styles and priorities, and how to get things done on campus. This interactive speech or training offers many practical, positive strategies and tips for working with faculty in a variety of university and college settings.


As a participant, you will:

  • Understand how working with faculty is different from boss-subordinate relationships in other organizations.
  • Assess the opportunities and challenges of working with faculty.
  • Learn about faculty communication and work styles, priorities, roles, needs and pressures.
  • Gain strategies to orient and communicate with faculty, manage their expectations, help them follow administrative procedures and partner for their success – and yours.
  • Build your resources and relationships.
  • Explore ways to deal with stress and conflict – theirs and yours.
  • Define strategies to understand and approach difficult faculty members.
  • Appreciate the value of your contributions and key role on campus.

Working Effectively with Faculty has been customized for:

  • Research universities, Teaching universities, Technical universities, Public and Private universities, colleges, Higher Education conferences
  • Medical School, Law Schools, School of Education, School of Agriculture
  • Staff in individual academic departments (e.g., Human Resources, Surgery, Education, Engineering, Environmental Health and Safety, Libraries, Ambulatory Care, Bioengineering, Plant Pathology)
  • Student Services, Business Officers, Laboratory Managers, Human Resources, Research Administration, Library.
  • Shared Services staff and managers.
  • Lean management leaders.
  • Post-docs in Science and Medicine
  • Faculty Chairs and faculty – Leadership training, staff-faculty relationships.
Because of her history of work with the University, Susan understands the dynamics of interrelationships with the campus community. She is intuitive about people and quickly establishes rapport, and she enjoys a good reputation with managers and employees alike. You will find working with her easy, beneficial and rewarding. Mary Roberts, Business Information and Technology Services, UCSF

  • You nailed the behavior patterns very well. I like the way you get the point across that faculty are different and a different approach is needed.
  • Dr. Christy was amazing: dynamic, engaging, lots of good useable information.
  • Personal experience shared was great. Thank you, Dr. Christy, for keeping it “real”
  • Your research and preparation made for a good presentation.
  • “Communicate with Faculty” section was great.
  • This should be required for every new employee.
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