Professional Development Seminar Series-Graduate Education - Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Development Seminar Series

This series provides seminars in business, management and communications skills geared to better prepare our graduate students for successful careers in academic, corporate, public and research sectors. The seminars provide graduate students with a practical knowledge of the basic professional skillsets including:

  • Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching
  • Financial and management roles

Seminars also provide information relevant to developing multiple employment options, adaptable skills, and focused, holistic self-knowledge.

Summer 2014

Constructive Conflict Management Workshops for Ph.D. Students
Presented by Martha Harty, Ph.D and Ellen J. DeBenedetti, M.Ed.

July 8, 10, 15, 17; 9am - 11am (Participants must commit to attending all four sessions)
Registration is required by July 1, 2014: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ConstructiveConflict

Wouldn’t life be easier if we didn’t have to deal with other people? Unfortunately, human interaction is inevitable, and therefore, so is conflict. Our world is rich with diversity, and whenever people hold different views, the potential for conflict is ripe. In dealing with employers, advisors, students, parents, colleagues, and personal relationships, how we respond to conflict can make the difference between productive and destructive outcomes. Fortunately we can increase our ability to handle conflict constructively by deepening our understanding of conflict dynamics and learning to apply theory to practice. This four-part workshop begins with understanding our individual attitudes and approaches to conflict, explores alternative approaches grounded in conflict theory, and develops practical skills. Be the person who channels conflict in a positive direction and be more successful in your professional and personal lives: take this workshop!