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Navigating Conflict and Collaboration in the Lab
Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Category: National Webinars

Working in a research lab can be both exhilarating and challenging. On one hand, there's the thrill of scientific discovery, the satisfaction of contributing to groundbreaking research, and the opportunity to collaborate with brilliant minds in your field. Unfortunately, bullying and harassment can occur in research settings, posing significant challenges to the well-being and productivity of scientists, particularly women. 

In the dynamic landscape of scientific inquiry, conflicts are inevitable, but how we manage them can make all the difference. Led by Dr. Jennifer Swann, this webinar will provide practical strategies and effective communication techniques to navigate conflicts within the laboratory setting. Learn how to maintain professionalism, resolve disagreements constructively, and foster a collaborative environment that fuels innovation.

Whether you're a graduate student, postdoctoral researcher, or established professional, this webinar offers valuable insights and actionable strategies to enhance your success in the competitive world of STEM. Empower yourself with the knowledge and tools to create a supportive and inclusive research environment where everyone can thrive.

Key Takeaways:

  • Proven techniques for conflict resolution and fostering collaboration in research laboratories.
  • Insights into navigating authorship disputes and ensuring fair recognition for contributions.
  • Strategies for identifying and addressing bullying and harassment in STEM environments.
  • Empowerment to cultivate inclusive and supportive research environments conducive to success.


Live captioning and a video recording will be available. This webinar is $29 for non-membersNot a member? Consider joining AWIS and register for FREE:

Meet the Speaker

Dr. Jennifer Swann, a Professor of Biological Sciences, has been at Lehigh since 1995. She has distinguished herself as an arbiter of justice and mediator of restorative practices while serving as a member in good standing on the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSCHE) Board of Appeals and Evaluation Team, the International Ombudsman Association, the Academic Parity Movement Advisory Board, and the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment. She is the recipient of several Lehigh awards, including the 25 Women Who Are Changing Lehigh Award, the Martin Luther King Faculty Award, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs Faculty Staff Award “for outstanding contributions to improving the quality of student life.”

Jennifer has served in a number of administrative roles at Lehigh, including as interim director of Africana Studies, director of Student Success for the College of Arts and Sciences, chair of the internal advisory board for Lehigh ADVANCE, faculty tri-chair for the Council on Equity and Community (CEC), and co-chair of the Faculty and Staff of ColorNetwork (FSCN). She is a founding member of Lehigh’s Community Conversations About Race (CCAR). She also works as a mediator for  Philadelphia’s CORA services and Eviction diversion program to keep tenants in their homes.  

Jennifer has mentored faculty, staff, and students. She co-founded the Faculty and Staff of Color Network which collected and addressed issues among community members at Lehigh University. She served as chair of the professional development committee for the Society for Behavioural Neuroendocrinology for four years during which she initiated “speed mentoring” to enhance the society's efforts. She assisted the Society for Neuroscience and Mentornet in their mentoring efforts and was runner-up for an award from Author Aid, an international mentoring platform. She has hosted over 100 students in her research lab and has advised hundreds more.

Jennifer is passionate about empowering people to live their best lives and believes that conflict is to be embraced as an opportunity for growth. As ombuds she helps the entire Lehigh community meditate disputes through deep listening, empathy, and restorative practices. She loves science fiction, cycling, yoga, and singing in the Lehigh Valley Chorale.