Supervising Conflict: A Guide for Faculty
Available: March 2023© 2023
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 288 Pages
Illustrations: 4 b&w illustrations, 81 b&w figures, 18 b&w tables
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
288 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.00 in, 4 b&w illustrations, 81 b&w figures, 18 b&w tables
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Cultivating respectful and productive academic relationships is a priority within higher education. What can faculty do when conflict disrupts research progress and strains the supervisor/student relationship?
Supervising Conflict offers practical advice and tools to help faculty identify and actively respond to the most common grad school concerns – the "everyday" conflicts. Drawing on data collected over four years at a large research-intensive university in Canada, Heather McGhee Peggs provides faculty with a map to where issues are likely to emerge based on hundreds of coaching conversations with faculty and students.
While ideally every campus would have a dispute resolution office and a graduate peer support team to help individuals navigate conflict, the reality is that faculty are often managing complex and difficult situations on their own. This unique resource combines negotiation and fair complaints-handling principles with insights from a multidisciplinary graduate peer team and highlights the critical role that equitable, restorative and trauma-informed approaches can play in the emergence and resolution of conflict. This book includes opportunities for self-reflection, real-life case studies, and activities for professional faculty development. Supervising Conflict guides administrators seeking to address graduate concerns earlier and more effectively at a systemic level.
From the author
1. Who wants to talk about grad school conflict?
2. Why do grad students avoid conflict?
3. Why is conflict something faculty should manage?
4. What does graduate conflict management involve?
5. What if it’s not my conflict, but I’m asked to help?
6. What are the grad school conflict ‘hotspots’?
7. What can supervisors do to prevent conflict?
8. What can supervisors do to resolve conflict?
9. What can departments or institutions do to support conflict management?
10. What do we do when conflict isn’t resolved?
About the Author