Survey of Interpersonal Communication Topics

Survey of Interpersonal Communication Topics

What are the goals of the module?

Setting or influencing direction was cited by mid-career UC faculty as an incentive to pursue administrative leadership positions.  For these positions, good communication, the ability to build trust, and the capacity to empower and inspire others are common attributes associated with success.

Who is the audience for the module?

  • Mid-career faculty aspiring to an administrative position
  • Recent Department Chairs, Deans, or Vice Provosts
  • Experienced administrators seeking to refresh or enhance their skills

Why is the topic important?

Leadership literature and feedback from UC administrators and faculty underscores the need for faculty leaders to demonstrate strong communication and people management skills to influence, shape and accomplish university priorities through effective, inclusive interactions. The objective for this module is to introduce the principles and practices of interpersonal skills and competencies, including:

  • Communicating and listening effectively
  • Collaborative decision-making
  • Conflict management
  • Receiving, giving, and effectively using feedback
  • Authenticity, trust, and emotional intelligence

Suggested options for module delivery

A series of small group, 1-3 hour sessions for each topic, facilitated by subject matter experts, including skill building through experiential learning exercises and scenarios, to be supplemented with readings/videos, reflective writing and practice guides.

Resources for developing the module

Recommended prerequisites

Group or collaboration lead, committee service, new or current faculty administrator

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