Student Affairs

Becoming a Successful Supervisee (Managing Up)

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Joanne Goldwater
Price: $50.00

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Being a successful supervisee means knowing how to work well with your supervisor. How do you relate to the person to whom you report? We know that the only constant in life is change. Supervisors come and go. Staff members should not expect supervisors to adapt to them; supervisees have to adapt to their boss. How do you do that successfully?

During this webinar, we will discuss relationship-building and communication with your supervisor, whether that person is your new supervisor or a longtime supervisor. Participants will learn tips on how to establish and/or maintain a good working relationship with the person who does their annual evaluation!


  • Background: the importance of building this essential relationship
  • Needs and wants
    • What does the supervisee need and want from their supervisor
    • What does the supervisor need and want from their supervisee
  • Steps to keep any supervisor happy
  • Smart ways to communicate with your supervisor
  • Managing your boss
    • Questions any supervisee should be able to answer about their supervisor.
  • Tip-sharing
  • Q&A

Learning Outcomes: 

As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate their relationship with their current supervisor and determine if changes are needed.
  • Welcome a new supervisor and start building a good relationship from day one.
  • Consider steps they can take to keep their supervisor happy.
  • Identify at least 3 ways to communicate more effectively with their supervisor.

Who Should Attend:

This webinar is suitable for anyone in student affairs who has a boss!


Joanne Goldwater

  • Associate Dean for Retention and Student Success at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM).
  • Former Director of Residence Life and Associate Dean of Students at SMCM.
  • Higher Ed professional for over 30 years. Been a supervisee to 9 different supervisors and supervised many professionals.
  • Frequent presenter (in-person at conferences, and via webinars for PaperClip Communications,,
  • Past Executive Board member of ACUHO-I.
  • MACUHO Past President.

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