Supervising Former Peers in Higher Education: Realities, Challenges, and Opportunities (EDU963A)

Presented By: Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 90 minutes
  • Tue, September 27, 2016
Event Description

Evidence-Based Tools and Best Practices to Successfully Negotiate, Manage and Lead Your Former Peers

Imagine you have recently been promoted to head of an academic department in which you have been a faculty member for the last ten years.  In your previous role, you have always had good ideas, worked well with your co-workers and produced quality work.  However, 6 months after moving into your new role, you have found it difficult to supervise your former colleagues.

They miss no chance to remind you of your previous position, disagree with you, or balk when you assign a task that they do not want to do; they also interrupt you during important meetings. You have also noticed that a couple of members of your department engage in behaviors that are inappropriate for the office environment such as lengthy personal telephone calls, use of Facebook and instant messaging, visiting dating, shopping, and other personal websites, and office gossiping.

This scenario is in no way limited to the faculty; student affairs professionals and other higher education administrators experience similar challenges when transitioning to a supervisory role.

What do you do?

The reality is that higher education administration can be very challenging, especially since many of those who are promoted into leadership roles in the academy have no formal training in basic supervisory concepts and applications. When you are promoted into a position that requires you to provide leadership for individuals who used to be colleagues and co-workers, the situation requires you to adopt a new philosophy, a new attitude, and new leadership strategies. The rules have changed and in order to be successful in your new role, you must understand what the new rules are and how to use them to your advantage.

The truth is that effective supervision can often be a challenge for even experienced leader. It can be especially tricky for the academic manager who has been promoted and is now in the position of having to supervise those who used to be colleagues, co-workers and peers. This webinar by expert speaker Aaron W. Hughey will provide you with evidence-based tools and best practices needed to successfully negotiate, manage and lead your former peers in higher education. Aaron will share his personal experience and offer best ways to handle this unique supervisory situation.

The presentation will also include discussion of actual case studies involving supervisors who were promoted and had to manage their former colleagues and co-workers. In addition, it will ponder over some important questions and a brief quiz will enable you to get feedback on your potential to effectively supervise former peers.

Key Takeaways:

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • The characteristics of effective supervision in a higher education environment
  • The dynamics of collegial (co-worker) interaction
  • The dynamics of supervisory (supervisor-to-faculty/staff member interaction
  • Considerations and concerns unique to supervising former peers
  • Evidence-based best practices for supervising former peers
  • How to effectively resolve common problems that arise when supervising former peers 
  • How to turn challenges into opportunities when supervising former peers
  • The importance of developing a game-plan for reaching your full potential as a supervisor

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to demonstrate:

  • The appropriate way to treat former colleagues/co-workers.
  • How to stay friendly while recognizing that your relationship has changed.
  • How to hold your former peers accountable while still treating them with warmth and respect.
  • How to separate your personal relationships from your professional one.
  • How to avoid favoritism and no cronyism
  • How to avoid being intimidated and manipulated by your former colleagues/co-workers

Who Should Attend

This webinar would be appropriate and useful for anyone in higher education who has been promoted into a leadership role that involves supervising former colleagues, co-workers and peers.

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Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. He is also a member of the President's Task Force on Student Retention at WKU. Before joining the faculty in 1991, ... More info


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