Being an effective leader during intradepartmental controversies: Opinion

November 6, 2020
Faculty members have the responsibility to create an inclusive environment that does not encourage student involvement in intradepartmental issues, write Ronald J Threadgill, Nicholas C Burbules, and CK Gunsalus. The article says that faculty should remain professional during intradepartmental clashes; be role models in how to have difficult conversations; and refrain from encouraging students, who are already in vulnerable positions, to engage in departmental controversies. The authors recommend that faculty members should use reflection to consider the sources of conflict, assess their goals, create strategies for reducing conflict, and strengthen their self-awareness. “How we deal with these matters, and how students see us deal with them, communicates more about our educational priorities than anything we overtly say,” the authors write. Inside Higher Ed (International)