PhD+ Foundations 7: Effective Communication

New Cabell Hall, French Conference Room (349)

This is the seventh session of the PhD+ Spring 2022 Foundations series. 

“Communication” is consistently listed among the top skills businesses want in their employees. We all communicate – what makes communication in a professional setting distinct? In this session, we will explore specific communication methods along with when, and when not to, use them. We will practice specific scenarios in which your communication needs to be thoughtful and prepared as well as possible (e.g. submitting a request, running a meeting, providing advice to a colleague, etc.). If you have ever had a miscommunication, this session can help you think about what you might have done differently to achieve a better outcome.


Yi Hao, Ph.D– Yi Hao (she/her/hers) is the Assistant Director of Graduate Professional Development at the University of Virginia, working on university-wide initiatives to support graduate students and postdocs in pursuing versatile career pathways. With a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Dr. Hao’s research focuses on adult learning, gender issues, and faculty and leadership development in two-year and four-year institutions with a focus on institutional and disciplinary contexts.



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