PhD+ Foundations 5: Agency, Teams and Conflict Management


This is the fifth session of the PhD+ Spring 2021 Foundations series. 

Research productivity is highly dependent on healthy team dynamics. However, most PhD students and Postdocs are wary of "people problems" and find themselves ill-equipped to resolve conflicts. In this session, understand how teams develop and how conflicts may arise. Take time to reflect on your group behavior, conflict management style and learn about effective ways to communicate through conflict in different contexts

Learning Goals

In this session, PhD students and Postdocs will learn about

  • typical teams and collaborators, and how to manage them
  • individual and group behaviors in teams with reflection on strengths and growth opportunities
  • typical cause of conflicts and range of conflct management style
  • having difficulty conversations to resolve situtations that may range between discomfort to harmful
  • influence of power differentials and maintaining 'agency' as a PhD student or Postdoc 


Sonali Majumdar, PhD - Associate Director of Graduate Professional Development. Sonali leads the development and implementation of PhD Plus. Prior to joining UVA, Sonali earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia and did postdoctoral training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where she developed a passion for enhancing career-related training for graduate students and postdocs.


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