FAS Leadership Series

The FAS Leadership Series is a set of virtual events that will take place during the Spring 2022 semester. These panels and workshops will provide opportunities for faculty to refine their leadership skills. Faculty members who attend at least three of the four leadership series events will receive priority consideration for support from the Coaching for Success program. 

February 7, 2022
Opening Panel Discussion: Leadership as Scholarship

February 11, 2022
Workshop 1: Workplace conflict: Tools for conducting tough conversations

March 30, 2022
Workshop 2: Leading a team and learning to delegate

April 13, 2022
Workshop 3: Running Effective Meetings

Full descriptions and registration details are below.

Events will take place on Zoom; links will be provided to registered participants.


This program is open to:

  • any ladder faculty member with a primary or fully joint appointment in an FAS department or program, or
  • any instructional (non-ladder) faculty member with a primary or fully joint full-time multi-year non-visiting appointment in an FAS department or program or the MacMillan Center

Opening Panel Discussion: Leadership as Scholarship

February 7, 2022, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM

FAS leaders reflect on their work as stewards of intellectual life.

Moderated by Maureen Long, Bruce D. Alexander ‘65 Professor and Chair of Earth & Planetary Science


  • Alan Gerber, FAS Dean of Social Science (Outgoing); Director, Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Charles C. & Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Political Science
  • Alice Kaplan, Director, Whitney Humanities Center; Sterling Professor of French
  • Paul Turner, Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Director of Quantitative Biology Institute and Program in Physics, Engineering and Biology; Former Acting FAS Dean of Science

Workshop 1: Workplace conflict: Tools for conducting tough conversations 

Facilitator: Rena Seltzer, Leader Academic

February 11, 2022,  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Skilled leaders understand that conflict is a natural part of organizational life and are adept at detecting and working with the tensions that arise. Well-managed conflict can actually strengthen relationships, resulting in higher quality decisions and stronger teams. After participating in this session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize five common modes of responding to conflict and the types of situations to which each mode is best suited.
  • Explain how human biological programming can interfere with clear thinking when you feel challenged and use strategies to return to center and focus on your ultimate goals (vs. “winning” or “appeasing” in the moment).
  • Identify methods to create and restore psychological safety when emotions run high.
  • Convey your own perspective in a way that increases your chances of being heard.
  • Communicate in a way that increases the likelihood that others will share their perspective with you - a necessary prelude to effectively resolving conflict.

Workshop 2: Effective Delegation

Facilitator: Daryn David, Yale School of Medicine

March 30, 2022, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

This session will equip participants to delegate and mentor effectively, to manage projects more smoothly, and to foster fuller accountability on teams. Participants will discuss challenges and solutions related to delegation, including overcoming perfectionism and “doing it all.” We will also explore the ins-and-outs of adopting a developmental stance in managing, mentoring, and leading teams. The session will include both didactic and interactive components.

Workshop 3: Running Effective Meetings

Facilitator: Laura Freebairn-Smith, Organizational Performance Group  

April 13, 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

The objectives of this session are to help participants a) identify the elements of effective meetings and b) learn tips and strategies for effective meeting management. The session will address meeting preparation, norms and settling in, roles and responsibilities, and wrap-up.

Registration Form


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