Negotiating for Success: A
workshop for underrepresented doctoral candidates and those on the move.
There is little debate that scholars of color often are committed—and
are asked—to take on additional responsibilities in committee work and
mentoring. Balancing our dedication to our scholarship with extra
service expectations is no easy task. This half-day workshop offers
concrete and often overlooked negotiation strategies sure to help each
participant create the time, space, research and monetary support that
allows overextended faculty to excel. After going over key negotiation
principals, participants spend time assessing what they need to succeed
(both academically and personally). We then strategize about negotiation
exchanges with Chairs and Deans so that participant requests are aligned
with university objectives and campus culture. Although successful
negotiations can lead to tens of thousands of dollars saved and earned,
the goal of this workshop is to help faculty of color achieve their
scholarly, personal and community-centered goals.
Gabrielle Foreman facilitates the
annual negotiation session at the Ford Foundation Fellows conference
and has also offered workshops at such places as USC and Penn State. She
has personally coached junior and senior scholars in the social
sciences, arts and humanities and STEM fields. Those she has worked with
are now professors (with rich resources) at Ivy League and State
Universities as well as liberal arts colleges all over the country. She
believes that negotiations have provided critical support for
her scholarship, teaching and campus, community and national service.
Her home campus recently recognized her with the
the college's most prestigious faculty honor.
Promise and Pitfalls: Faculty Workshop on Community Collaborations.
Co-Facilitated with the director of a Los Angeles archive and library
that houses a rich trove of papers on the state’s progressive history,
this team works with centers of community engagement so faculty can
better plan and execute long-term, sustainable projects with partners.
By rethinking academic assumptions about resources, our academic
calendar and the role of community organizations that train student
interns, in this half-day workshop, teachers and partners are encouraged
to break new ground and create richer relationships that empower
organizations, students and the faculty who work with them.
"Foreman's advice is
extraordinary and her example is inspiring. She offers
sample wording for how to present requests. It empowers you to be creative--not
only about how to discuss what you need but also about how to
think about it. The workshop is priceless. It changed how I
perceive myself and the institutions that are important to my work."
"The techniques I learned have helped me negotiate positions so that I
can focus on and produce sound scholarship and fulfill my commitment to
mentoring students and bridging gaps between the university and wider