Coping with Difficult Colleagues with Joan Chrisler, Ph.D.


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Detailed Evaluation Results for Dealing with Difficult Colleagues Workshop with Joan Chrisler

12 of the 17 faculty that attended completed evaluations.

This talk begins with a brief overview of social psychology research on people’s perceptions of powerful, competent women and reactions to them. Next, reasons why colleagues may be “difficult” are described and discussed. Strategies for interacting with difficult colleagues and ways of coping with the emotions they arouse will be suggested. The audience will be invited to share examples of interactions with difficult colleagues (and students) and receive advice about how to respond to them.

Joan C. Chrisler, Ph.D., is known for her writing and lectures on women’s careers and is co-editor of Arming Athena: Career Strategies for Women in Academe (1998). Her leadership roles have included the presidencies of Divisions 1 and 35 of the American Psychological Association, Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, New England Psychological Association, Connecticut State Conference of the American Association of University Professors, and Association for Women in Psychology. She is a currently a member of the AAUP’s Committee W (Academic Women’s Issues) and the editor of Women’s Reproductive Health. She has published extensively on women’s health, menstruation, weight, and body image. Her most recent books are The Wrong Prescription for Women (Forthcoming), Women and Aging (2015), and Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern (2012).

Faculty responded in the surveys that the session lived up to their expectations and that the information and experiences shared at this workshop gave me tools and tips for coping with difficult colleagues. They learned about “two different methods for coping,” “insight into why one of my colleagues maybe disengaged,” and “being aware of my buttons.” Some faculty wanted even “more time for group discussion.”

Questions & Responses

I am glad I took the time to participate in this workshop.
N=12 Mean=5.00 SD=0.00 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

The information and experiences shared at this workshop gave me tools and tips for coping with difficult colleagues.
N=12 Mean=4.92 SD=0.29 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

This session gave me clear advice and concrete strategies for dealing with colleagues.
N=12 Mean=5.00 SD=0.00 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

Questions & Answers:

What was the most significant thing you learned and will take away from the Coping with Difficult Colleagues workshop to use in your work?

  • New strategies
  • I gained insight into why one of my colleagues maybe disengaged and why another seems to be devious.
  • To not disengage.
  • It is interesting how women can marginalize each other in the “nice/competent” dichotomy.
  • Good to know about “The No Asshole Role” Book.
  • Two different methods for coping.
  • Emotion focused strategies.
  • Being aware of my buttons.
  • Difference between emotion and problem coping.

Is there anything that could have been improved about this workshop?

  • No
  • More time.
  • Group discussed.
  • Maybe more interaction from faculty? Small group discussion etc.
  • No.

General Comments about the overall workshop?

  • Thank you Suzanna. What would the woman at FIU do without you!
  • I really enjoyed the speakers integration of social psychological research.
  • One of the best workshops I’ve ever been to at FIU.
  • It helped a lot.
  • Smile. Excellent. Possible different date, College of Medicine very busy right now.