Mid–level professionals promoted to a supervisory role often find themselves in a novel position––attending to their own professional growth and career development while having to nurture the performance and success of others. In many cases, newly promoted supervisors are still cultivating their professional identity and mastering the challenges of a more complex role as they are learning to supervise other early career professionals, office staff, graduate students, or undergraduates. Stress and anxiety naturally accompany the demands of such a job, particularly in the academic world, an environment that can require sensitivity to multicultural issues, supervision by virtual means, and navigation of an occasionally difficult, opaque hierarchy.
The authors of this sourcebook blend research, personal essays, case studies, and their personal experiences to illuminate the needs and challenges of midlevel supervisors. It is the editor′s hope that the perspectives and stories offered here will help all student services professionals trying to grow into new positions of responsibility.
1. Dynamics of Supervision 5Tom ScheuermannThe author provides a review of literature on leadership, management, and supervision.
2. Refl ections on Building Capacity as a Supervisor in College Student Services 17Cathlene E. McGrawAn early–career professional shares experiences and lessons learned from mid–level supervisors.
3. Developing a Philosophy of Supervision: One Step Toward Self–Authorship 27Delores E. McNairThis chapter suggests how to use self–authorship to defi ne one′s philosophy of supervision.
4. Managing Confl ict from the Middle 35Mary–Beth Cooper, Heath Boice–PardeeThe authors discuss knowledge and skills needed by mid–level supervisors to navigate their unique role in institutions.
5. Supervising Graduate Assistants 43Jessica White, John NonnamakerThis chapter looks at the distinctive roles assumed by those who supervise graduate students.
6. Effective Strategies for Virtual Supervision 55Trisha J. Scarcia–KingThis chapter describes issues supervisors might encounter when required to supervise through virtual means.
7. Supervising Across Cultures: Navigating Diversity and Multiculturalism 69Larry D. RoperThe author discusses how supervisors are called upon to support diversity and model multiculturalism.
8. Case Studies in Middle Management Supervision 81Lori S. WhiteThis chapter uses case studies to illustrate the myriad of issues midlevel supervisors must address.