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Thursday, October 02, 2014 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Postdoc Leadership Certificate

The Office of Postdoctoral Studies offers the

Postdoc Leadership Certificate Program
The program was very successful in the past, and the postdocs who attended gained some great insights from it.

The program filled up very quickly in the past, and attendance is limited, if you are interested in attending, please e-mail your name, net ID, department, and name of your PI to ch18@cornell.eduSpace for the program is very limited, first priority will be given to postdocs who have been at Cornell at least 1 year.

In order to participate you  will need to make a commitment to attend at least 8 of the sessions, you must attend the first session.  Attendees who attend at least 8 sessions will receive a certificate.

All sessions will take place from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m, and lunch will be served starting at 11:00 am.

  • Module 1:  (10/2) Understanding Leadership and Personal Style: 
  • Module 2:  (10/16) Moving from “Group” to “Team”
  • Module 3:  (11/13) Where you sit in the organization makes a difference in the view -Leaders and Followers
  • Module 4: (12/18) Notice and Respond-Recognizing and Dealing with Mental Health Issues
  • Module 5:  (1/29) Dealing with Challenges—Resolving your own conflicts
  • Module 6: (2/12) Dealing with Challenges—
  • Module 7: (2/26) Exploring Cultural Fluency
  • Module 8:  (3/12) Dealing with Challenges—considering the nuances of culture in conflict resolution
  • Module 9:  (3/26) Managing Staff Performance
  • Module10:  (4/9) Understanding Organizations

Overview:  Leadership involves working effectively with other people to shape social reality and achieve organizational goals. It is a critical factor in organizational and career success. Every postdoc, no matter what field of endeavor, will face a variety of difficult leadership challenges. How these challenges are met will have a significant impact on the postdoc’s career and life.

Cosponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies and the VP of Human Resources and Safety Services, this 10-module program is designed to introduce postdocs to some key concepts and skills of leadership in today’s complex environment. It provides a practical forum to assess and develop personal leadership skills in self-knowledge, planning and problem solving, group dynamics and team building, cultural fluency, conflict resolution, and facilitation of change.

Program FacultyRehana Huq and Pam Strausser, with Michael Esposito         

Program Objectives:

  • Explore leadership across cultures
  • Enhance awareness of personal style
  • Examine and practice tools for use in leadership roles
  • Build the Post Doc community
  • Provide an opportunity to network with others and learn how to create networks to support change.

Contact: Christine Holmes, Director Postdoctoral Studies Program,

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must attend at least 8 sessions to receive certificate
Oct 2,16; Nov 13; Dec 18; Jan 29; Feb 12, 26; Mar 12,26; Apr 9
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