Center for Faculty Innovation

FWWW: Addressing Faculty Burnout through a Change in Culture

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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As April is designated National Stress Awareness Month, the CFI and its partners are pleased to host the inaugural Faculty Wellness and Wellbeing Week. The week of April 8-11, there will be several opportunities for faculty to reflect on and focus on their wellness and wellbeing. 

In partnership with Balanced Dukes, Common Health, JMU Libraries, and Talent Development, the CFI has developed several programs designed for faculty to reflect and focus on wellness and wellbeing. 

This exciting collaborative effort provides full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and academic unit leaders with opportunities to focus on different dimensions of wellness and wellbeing.

Wednesday - April 10, 2024
Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark

Addressing Faculty Burnout through a Change in Culture

Please join us for a discussion on a topic much related to wellness and wellbeing, faculty academic identity, and institutional culture.

Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark is the director of the Office of Faculty Professional Development at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. A former tenured professor with 17 years experience teaching undergraduates as well as an experienced facilitator and certified coach.

She is the author of two books: Unraveling Faculty Burnout: Pathways to Reckoning and Renewal (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022) and Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching (University of Chicago Press, 2017). She is also the host of the agile academic, a podcast for women in higher education.


Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark will discuss her book Unraveling Faculty Burnout. In this book, she “draws from her own burnout experience, as well as collected stories of faculty in various roles and career stages, interviews with coaches and educational developers, and extensive secondary research to address and mitigate burnout. Pope-Ruark lays out four pillars of burnout resilience for faculty members: purpose, compassion, connection, and balance.” (from publisher’s website).

Presenter: Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark

Location: Online via Zoom
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 PM


Register by April 9, 11:59 PM


Please refer to the Faculty Wellness and Wellbeing Week website for the full week's details and schedule.

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