Employment Research Institute and Edinburgh Napier University Human Resource Management Subject Group Seminar

Start date and time

Wednesday 6 April 2016


1-2pm, Classroom 3/07, Edinburgh Napier University Craiglockhart Campus

Academics and the imposter phenomenon: What is it and how do you address it?
 Dr. Holly M. Hutchins, University of Houston
Imposter syndrome was first coined in 1978 to describe feelings of perceived fraud, luck, deceit, and incompetence held by individuals in leadership positions. Despite holding advanced degrees and significant professional accomplishments, many individuals appear unable to internalise their success and attribute it to external factors such as luck and good fortune. Drawing upon her own experience with imposter issues, Dr. Hutchins will discuss her mixed methods research examining the prevalence of imposter phenomenon among academic and medical faculty. Her research has been published and presented in numerous domestic and international outlets. Dr. Hutchins will also discuss promising interventions to assist individuals who struggle with imposter tendencies, and discuss current research implications for those interested in studying this topic.
Dr. Holly M. Hutchins is an associate professor of Human Resource Development at the University of Houston where she has taught courses in research design, program evaluation, facilitation, and leadership development. Dr. Hutchins is also the lead co-principal investigator on a five-year National Science Foundation grant that focuses on increasing recruitment, retention and advancement of women STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) faculty at the University of Houston. Her primary research area is in transfer of training, but her recent work has focused on faculty development specifically in identity formation and imposter tendencies.