Our teachers are the backbone of society. Teaching, planning, and making an impact on students are no small feats. However, at times, we take for granted the hard work, time, and energy put in to keep academia going. One large issue hitting professors like never before is faculty burnout.But don’t fret too much– we have a solution! Keep reading to find out more.
Faculty burnout has been a problem long before any mention of COVID-19 in mainstream media. Academia is an industry characterized by self-sufficiency and that is vulnerable to the quickly changing landscape of the world. Shrinking budgets, growing workloads, and job insecurity are the mark of common issues faculty face.
But what exactly is faculty burnout? Faculty burnout, also sometimes called teacher burnout, is a work-related stress that affects one’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being that sometimes brings about a “reduced sense of confidence and personal identity.” These issues were amplified in addition to new concerns due to the rampage of the pandemic.
The Effect of COVID-19
The pandemic has brought concern for higher education faculty to the forefront, as many faculty members cited that they missed human connection and felt a mental exhaustion. Many faculty and teacher burnout statistics have arisen during this time. For example, 35% of higher education faculty said that they seriously considered changing their career path away from academia since the start of 2020. Through all of this hardship has come serious evaluations of how to improve faculty experience within the industry and of how to reduce burnout. Our solution? Modern Student Engagement.
Higher Education Dynamics
It is no surprise that the well-being of faculty and students are interconnected within academia. Tough times for students are felt by faculty and vice versa; and moments of euphoria within teaching are felt by learner and instructor alike. This creates what seems to be a dichotomy between re-evaluating the way learning is delivered to students and ensuring that faculty is receiving the support and resources that they need to safely and effectively do their jobs.