This blogpost and podcast is for our colleagues in higher educations, professors, the world over.
Creating Positive Collegial Relationships
Introduction to the Relationship Series
The college environment as a workplace – landscape overview.
- College is not the typical workplace.
How faculty may be perceived on campus.
- The title “Faculty” can have many different meanings.
- Part time faculty
- Adjunct faculty
- Assistant, associate, or full professor.
- From our students perspective, it is not always clear how the person teaching you may be categorized. The instructor may even be a graduate student.
- Relationships are varied between these categories as well as tenured or non tenured faculty.
- Relationships vary from your department, school, university, or the international community of higher education professionals.
- Our work relationships are wide, varied and complex.
- The variety of positions can, in the individuals mind, place themselves at a certain level and determine how their value is perceived.
Relationships with other personnel.
- Most of the workers are tenured faculty with job security while our administrators are not.
- Administrative positions often change through time.
- Staff members and how we relate to them is extremely important.
- Faculty contact with parents is very limited, however administrators may have increased contact.
The college environment and relationships through time.
- Academic terms divide us into 2, 3, or 4 segments of time during a calendar year.
- Faculty members will leave and new ones will join us at the beginning of a term which results in a change in our relationships.
- Each year thousands of students leave and thousands arrive. The students are ever-changing and evolving through time.
- College, what an odd workplace! We have people above us leaving regularly. Our students leave us regularly. The only colleagues who are consistent are the faculty and staff.
- That relationship that you might have with a colleague is quite important. That colleague is someone who you may be with for your entire career.
- How prepared are we to work with colleagues for 40 years when we begin our careers?
- Your colleagues are going to become the important people in your lives, unlike some jobs where people come and go, in a tenured environment this could be a very long working relationship.
- Likely, you will be interacting with your colleagues on a daily basis.
- We may have a professional agenda and we may also have a personal agenda these differences can strain our collegial relationships.
- From our graduate school roots we are somewhat prepared for faculty to faculty relationships.
- We have faculty to staff and faculty to administration relationships.
- Faculty are not always perceived in a positive light by staff and administrators.
- There’s a sense that faculty may have their head in the clouds, they may appear to know it all, when they don’t, and staff can feel that faculty are treated differently. The tenure aspect alone can create conflictual relationships.
- We are studied by our students like hawks, they know what our relationships are with each other.
- We think this is a very important topic to explore.
- If life isn’t going well at work, life going very will at all! You probably aren’t looking forward to going to work.
- On the top of the list of reasons why people leave jobs are:
- You are not getting along with your colleagues.
- You are not getting along with your supervisor.
- That’s it! “I’m out of here!”
We welcome your feedback so we may continue to honor our mission statement and help students, the world over.
Daniel & David
SC 102 #1. Creating Positive Collegial Relationships