Faculty Well-Being in the Age of COVID: National Braintrust

Some Questions

  • Fatigue is a real thing…
  • How are we preparing for emotional recoil? What might be the (latent) PTSD?
  • In what ways are we keeping our fingers on the pulse of fatigue around teaching & learning in the teaching corps (including teaching staff and adjunct faculty)?
  • What are the Care Pedagogies available? Where are the spaces for conversation?
  • What are some trauma informed practices and pedagogy? What is their relationship to resilience? For example, responses to trauma can show up as overachievement to deep depression.

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POD Member Interest: Survey Results

To POD Network:

December 10, 2020: I have historically superimposed faculty development in the Spring semester with jubilant times: a new calendar year, new beginnings, new ways to consider older ideas, conferences to stimulate new thoughts or reaffirm existing ones. delivery methods for some, learning challenges for some, and more. And the most jubilant of all – commencement exercises where we send a cadre of students into the world to dare to do significant things. I consider myself a stubborn optimist, but over the course of the past nine months, I have been particularly burdened with what the foreseeable Spring 2021 semester will look like for our faculty. A new year that isn’t new but rather more of the same — a raging pandemic, decision-making to ‘balance life and livelihood’, civil unrest, economic instability, increased emotional labor, isolation, new teaching delivery methods for some, learning challenges for some, and more.  The realty for many of us is that we cannot “re-frame” away this sustained engagement with loss. Thankfully, there may be some light at the end of this tunnel.

I would like to convene a brain trust on how we might work together to improve our collective faculty’s well-being. Is anyone interested? If so, do you mind logging your contact information here so that I can schedule some time for us to gather after the New Year?

Find some data from a recent study here.

Rosalie A. Richards, Ph.D., associate provost for faculty development and professor of chemistry and education