Feeling Like a Fake: Overcoming the Impostor Phenomenon
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Michael Murphy, Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin
Wednesday, 9/20/2017, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
7A Sparks Building, University Park

Wideline Seraphin (portrait)Moji Shahvali (portrait)

Impostor Phenomenon (also sometimes called Impostor Syndrome) is the belief, despite evidence to the contrary, that one is inadequate, unworthy, and does not belong in a particular role or position. One attributes one's success to luck, luck that will soon run out. "I am a fraud," that little voice inside says, "and it's only a matter of time before everyone else knows it. I don't belong here." This set of beliefs and the attendant self-criticism can have profound consequences for our well-being, our enjoyment of life, work, and school, and our ability to perform at our true levels. Impostor Phenomenon is quite common in academia, and both teachers and students suffer in secret. In this workshop we will talk more about what I.P. is and how to recover a well-deserved sense of confidence, enjoyment, and satisfaction in our teaching, learning, and research. We will also explore ways to support those students in our classrooms with similar thoughts and feelings.

This workshop meets one of the requirements for the Instructional Foundations Series.