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Gain proven strategies and guidance for dealing with difficult faculty colleagues who exhibit unprofessional, unproductive, or even destructive behavior. Throughout this event, we will examine:

  • Common types of behavioral challenges
  • Proactively identifying potential problems
  • Successful methods for managing these faculty
  • Working with colleagues to address issues
  • Setting expectations and holding faculty accountable
  • Protecting your department from the impact of this faculty member

What Do We Mean by Difficult Faculty?

Do any of these faculty members sound familiar to you? The “rarely ever seen,” the “meeting disrupter,” the “toxic personality,” the “bully,” the “non-collaborator,” the “terrible teacher,” the “hasn’t produced any scholarship in decades,” the “never volunteers for anything,” or the “criticizes other faculty and administration to the students”? These are just some of the many challenging faculty behaviors supervisors, directors, chairs, and deans must manage.

Difficult faculty are a particularly challenging group for supervisors because they often have tenure and don’t recognize the department chair as a true authority. Academic leadership must nonetheless effectively address difficult faculty behaviors because they can seriously undermine your department’s effectiveness in achieving its mission. And they can make life really unpleasant in the workplace.

Who Should Attend

This online training is appropriate for program directors, department chairs, deans and their staff, provosts, and other academic administrators. You will learn to:

  • Identify and address problematic behaviors early
  • Identify and employ the best strategies suited to different behavioral types
  • Create written agreements that establish conduct expectations and the consequences of not adhering to them
  • Minimize the impact of problematic behavior on your department
  • Protect yourself from retribution now, and in the future

Learning outcome

After participating in this online training, you will be able to address behavior and performance problems of your faculty more effectively. 


  1. Successful example of managing a difficult faculty and habitual bully
  2. Common “difficult faculty” types and their behavioral challenges
  3. Identifying problems early on
  4. Working with your Human Resources department, dean, and provost
  5. Setting expectations and holding faculty accountable
  6. How to protect your department’s faculty, staff, and operations from the impact of the difficult faculty member


Jeanne A.K. Hey, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of New England

Previously, Jeanne served as the Director of International Studies and Professor of Political Science at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bucknell University, she earned a PhD in political science from The Ohio State University. Her research and teaching expertise are in the areas of comparative foreign policy, small states, Latin American politics, European foreign policy and pedagogy in international studies. She has extensive international experience, having conducted research and taught university courses in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. She has published four books and numerous articles on foreign policy, developing regions, and international studies pedagogy.


Dr. Hey is an alumna of the HERS Leadership Institute for women in academia, held at Wellesley College. She is also a past fellow in the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she was trained in applying the case method of college teaching in global affairs. She has developed and facilitated workshops and presentations on a variety of issues in management and leadership, including for the Council on Colleges of Arts and Sciences. She serves on the Board of Trustees at Thornton Academy, in Saco, ME.


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