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Going Global | Growing Global: Fostering International Education and Exchange at Community Colleges One-Day Conference

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Using SafeAssign to Discourage Plagiarism

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Dr. Alla Webb, Prof. Ray Gonzales, and Dr. Monica Trent Author Chapter in "Culturally Responsive Strategies for Reforming STEM Higher Education: Turning the TIDES on Inequity"


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Germantown Campus Council's Food Drive Competition

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Focus on Ethics Training Sessions Available Through MC Learns

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MC Well Represented at the 21st League of Innovation in the Community College Conference

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Educators and Immigrant Youth Summit

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MCRPA Spotlight for March: Get to Know Eniola Olowofoyeku

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Be More Confident! Be More Assertive! Join a Self-Defense Event on March 19

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Donations Still Needed for Women's and Gender Studies Silent Auction

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Artist Meghan Kirkwood to Exhibit Work in the Open Gallery Themed Series, Soapbox!

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MC Library Seeks Input on Database Cancellations

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"Know Your Risks About Opioids" Forum at the Germantown Campus on April 2

When a Colleague Sends You a Snarky Email, Talk to Them in Person

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Category: Professional Development

Published: Mar 18 2019 12:00AM

Email can be an efficient, convenient way to communicate with coworkers, but too often people hide behind it to avoid or deflect conflict. When someone sends you an email that's argumentative, or that's even a passive-aggressive attack, don't respond in kind (especially if that's what you feel like doing). Instead, reply and ask to schedule a call. Send a text message if the issue is time-sensitive: "Got your email, let's talk. Would 2 p.m. work for you?" It's even better to talk to the person face-to-face if you can. Diffuse the negative tone by stating up front that there seems to be a problem and you'd like to solve it together. As you try to find out what's behind the snarky email, stay calm and avoid making judgments. Clearly, something is bothering your coworker, so show them that you're on the same side and willing to listen to what they have to say.

Adapted from "When an Email Exchange Turns Ugly," by David Maxfield

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