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How to communicate effectively with faculty. Tali Yuz, Psy.D . Yiling Zhang, Ph.D. Northwestern University. Faculty - Graduate Student Relationship. Power Differential. insecurities. Faculty don’t necessarily have good communication skills. Listening Skills- be an Active Listener .

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how to communicate effectively with faculty

How to communicate effectively with faculty

Tali Yuz, Psy.D.

Yiling Zhang, Ph.D.

Northwestern University

listening skills be an active listener
Listening Skills- be an Active Listener
  • Verbal
    • Open-ended questions
    • Avoid using ‘why’ or leading questions
  • Non-verbal
    • Tone
    • Eye contact
    • Posture
    • Head nodding
  • Paraphrasing
    • Check perceptions
  • Summarizing
communication skills
Communication Skills
  • When meeting with a professor, be organized. Have clear-cut goals so that you can make the best use of your valuable time and that of the professor's.
  • Personality of the individual needs to be taken into account
  • Destructive behaviors, such as ordering, threatening, judging or criticizing act as vehicles for communicating unacceptance rather than opening doors for further problem-solving.
  • assertiveness and active listening are important
conflict resolution
Conflict Resolution
  • Don’t argue about who is right: explore each other’s positions
  • Don’t assume they meant: disentangle intent from impact
  • Be assertive, not passive or aggressive
  • Frame the issue as one that enables the two of you to collaborate
coping skills
Coping Skills
  • Initiate relationships with older students or other faculty as mentors
  • Get involved outside your department with family and friends
  • Self-care: sleep, eating, exercise
  • Have guilt-free fun
  • CAPS (847-491-2151)
    • Individual, group
  • Stress Management Clinic
  • Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
  • Career Services
  • Books:
    • 1) How to Complete and Survive a Dissertation by David Stemberg
    • 2) Making It in Grad School by Mark Sanford
    • 3) Dissertation Destination by Sonja Foss and William Waters
    • 4) Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone et al.
  • Women’s Center
    • Individual, dissertation support group