Faculty Lecture by Dr. Julie Norem
Please join the Dallas-Fort Worth Wellesley College Club as we welcome Dr. Julie Norem, the Margaret Hamm Professor of Psychology at Wellesley College, for our annual faculty lecture.
Saturday, April 4th, 2pm.
Southern Methodist University, Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall, room 144
(3101 University Boulevard; interactive and printable campus maps available)
RSVP to Kate Marshall ’00
About the talk:
Trap, Irony, Paradox?: Self-Knowledge & the Impostor Phenomenon
Feeling like an impostor is common, particularly among high-achievers. Wellesley women tend to have especially strong impostor feelings, at least while they are in college. Drawing from qualitative and quantitative research, I will tease apart some of the surprisingly complicated dynamics that lead to and reinforce impostor feelings over time. We will think about the difference between impostor feelings and “the” Impostor Syndrome, cultural values that amplify impostor feelings, and the roles of gender and self-knowledge in the development of those feelings. Discussion will also include consideration of the (counter-intuitive) ways that we might reframe some of the underlying beliefs that contribute to impostor feelings into understandings that can both decrease the individual costs of impostor feelings, and potentially increase organizational functioning.
About Julie Norem:
Julie K. Norem joined the faculty at Wellesley College in 1992, and she teaches courses in personality psychology, research methods, as well as a seminar on optimism and pessimism. Her research focuses on the strategies people use to pursue their goals, with an emphasis on the strategy of defensive pessimism; and on the ways self-knowledge influences adaptation, performance, and social relationships, particularly among those who feel like impostors.
Professor Norem received her A.B. in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago in 1982, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1987. She was a professor at Northeastern University before coming to Wellesley College.
Dr. Norem has written numerous book chapters and articles for scholarly journals, including empirical papers based on her own research and theoretical review and commentary, and has presented dozens of papers at scientific conferences across the country and abroad. She has also been Associate Editor of both the Journal of Research in Personality and the Personality and Social Psychology Review. She has been on the editorial board of several scholarly journals, and has held a variety of appointed and elected positions in the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. She is a founding member, and past-president of the Association for Research in Personality.