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Seltzer to lead professional development workshops for women on campus Feb. 11

November 25, 2015

Rena Seltzer will be delivering two campus talks on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Seltzer is president of Leader Academic and author of, “The Coach’s Guide for Women Professors.”

One event she’ll host is titled, “Women & Leadership Coffee & Conversation: Authority, Voice, and Influence for Women in Academia.” This presentation will take place at Varsity Hall in Union South. Registration is at 8 a.m., with the workshop running from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m.

Although leadership can be conferred through titles and roles, it is incumbent upon leaders to claim their authority. Even without official titles, those who speak and act powerfully can have great influence. Awareness of patterns of speech and the use of voice are tools that can be employed to build and maintain a powerful and respected presence in interactions with colleagues, administrators, and students. This interactive workshop includes findings by researchers who study issues of gender and language and provides participants the opportunity to practice speaking with greater authority.

The other event is titled,  “Women Faculty Mentoring Program and WISELI Workshop: Life After Tenure: Maintaining Momentum from Associate to Full Professor.”

Registration is at 2:45 p.m. at Union South. The workshop runs from 3 to 4:30 p.m., with a reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Promotion gives women a stronger voice in their disciplines, departments, and the university. However, mid-career faculty members often find it challenging to move quickly and maintain strong momentum on their next major project. Obstacles to overcome include increased service obligations, difficulty finding colleagues with whom to discuss their experiences, and for some, promotion guidelines that are not clearly defined.  In this interactive workshop, mid-level professors will make a plan for promotion that includes both concrete publication goals and building systems of accountability and support to stay on track.

To register or for more information, visit this Secretary of the Faculty web page.