One challenge of the pandemic has been the loss of connection. Further, much remaining contact has become very goal directed, such as classes and department meetings. This presentation will describe an online, narrative-based approach that creates space for connection and reflection among professionals. This presentation is based on the first two groups. A series of narrative prompts developed in past research was adapted for professionals. The prompts invite people to tell a professional story on seven themes: a high point, low point, turning point, positive behavior, not-so-positive behavior, current challenge, and future directions. During each self-contained two-hour session, members write for 20 minutes, each person then shares their story, and the group provides feedback to each other. Results: The groups helped create a space that is largely missing, perhaps not only during this period of social distancing but also more broadly. The virtual space helped create more “audible narratives” around many of the challenges of working in academia and gave each member food for thought on their own professional journey. In this presentation, participants will share some of the stories and invite discussion among the attendees, creating a unique virtual space during this conference as well.
Panelists: Sherry Hamby, Victoria Banyard, Clementine Msengi, Danielle Littman
Moderator: Pam Rutledge
Date, Time & Location: Thu, July 16, 2020. 9:30 – 10:45 am (PT) — Room 2