Professional development for women

Women’s Professional Development Programme

At Otago there is a range of activities that cater for the needs of women (both general and academic). The Programme is run jointly between Human Resources and HEDC.The key activities include:

New Zealand Women in Leadership Programme (NZWIL): Developing Women Leaders in the Tertiary Sector

For more information, please visit the NZWIL website.

Workshops held in 2012 included:

Planning for Promotion to Associate Professor

This discussion-based workshop aims to assist women who are at Senior Lecturer or Research Fellow level to plan ahead for promotion to Associate Professor.  The speakers are Professor Vernon Squire who has experience on the Staffing Advisory Committee, Dr Sarah Stein from HEDC, Loren Campbell from Human Resources and Associate Professor Chrys Jaye, HoD General Practice & Rural Health, Dunedin School of Medicine

Arbinger Taster: Collaboration and Conflict

Many of my university tasks involve working in a team. Sometimes the teams I am part of, or lead, work well; I feel that I influence the team for good, the others in the team are a good influences on me, and I am engaged in the work. However, sometimes the tension below the surface in a team saps the energy, effectiveness and efficiency from the relationships and outputs. Sometimes I feel stuck and struggle with the team relationships, and sometimes the team experiences overt conflict.

In this workshop Jean provides a ‘taster’ of the Arbinger Institute teaching about the underlying dynamic of conflict and how it can spread in teams. Arbinger is a worldwide leadership training and consulting firm and scholarly consortium that draws on disciplines including philosophy, psychology and leadership. Arbinger’s purpose is to “enable organizations, individuals, and people to solve their deepest, most difficult and persistent people problems” (

Jean is a full-time academic at the University of Otago. She is in training as an Arbinger facilitator. Jean enjoys working with others in teaching, research, and postgraduate supervision.