Working Effectively with Faculty

Insights and Best Practices for Productive Staff-Faculty Relationships | taught by Susan Christy, PhD
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Course description

It takes strong, productive staff-faculty relationships to create the best in education, the student experience, research and organizational effectiveness. Working with faculty members takes understanding, special approaches, creativity… and patience. It helps to understand the structure and culture of academic institutions, faculty work-styles and priorities, and how to get things done on campus. This training offers many practical, positive strategies and tips for working with faculty in a variety of university and college settings. As a participant, you will:

        • Identify the impact of academic structure and culture on staff- faculty relationships
        • Learn about faculty mindsets work styles, priorities and needs
        • Discover principles, strategies and best practices for working with faculty
        • Appreciate your role, contributions and challenges in working with faculty
Susan Christy, PhD
Susan Christy, PhD
Author, university consultant and speaker, former tenured psychology professor

Dr. Susan Christy is passionate about helping university managers, staff, and faculty create the best in education, research, and organizational effectiveness. She has developed a comprehensive approach to staff-faculty relationships through years of teaching, research, consulting and training in higher education. Her book is Working Effectively with Faculty: A Guidebook for Higher Education Staff and Managers. Her website is

Susan holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and was as tenured Psychology Professor at Asnuntuck Community College in Connecticut before starting her own business consulting for corporations and higher education. She has served as Vice President of HighGain, Inc., a San Francisco training firm; a Board Member of the Institute of Management Consultants; a Trustee of The California Institute of Integral Studies; and TV talk-show host, REACHing the Disabled. Susan holds a California College Teaching Credential in Business and Psychology.

I'd like to hear from you. Please email me with your working-with-faculty success stories, questions and examples of challenging staff-faculty interactions.