Mitigating chronic faculty pandemic stress: Opinion

November 23, 2020

For many instructors, now is a key time of stress, writes Colleen Flaherty, and a new study has shown that this stress has become chronic for many faculty members in the US. The study identified new teaching modes as a significant source of stress. Additionally, the survey showed that professors were having to meet the emotional and mental health needs of students, which could lead to secondary trauma and mental health issues. Instructors also noted signs of burnout, with an increase in emotional drain and work-related stress or frustration. The article concludes by discussing ways to mitigate these issues for faculty, such as higher compensation, modified teaching loads or schedules, new technology or better technology support, and increased staff or teaching assistant support. Inside Higher Ed (International)