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Negotiating Difficult Conversations
The transition from doctoral or postdoctoral trainee to independent scientist is associated with a host of opportunities, challenges, negotiations, and decisions. Conversations with authority figures, such as deans, department chairs, program officers, editors, and senior colleagues, can be tricky to navigate as junior scientists enter a new work environment, establish themselves, and strive to accelerate their careers while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. For example, difficult conversations often occur when negotiating job offers, research start-up packages, teaching and service loads as well as when navigating discussions about job performance, promotion, collaborations, difficult colleagues, equity, and work-life balance—just to name a few. This presentation will offer a conceptual framework, strategies, and associated resources to assist early career scientists negotiate difficult conversations.