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Burnout Prevention Through Professional Development: Academic Values Enacted Online

Burnout Prevention Through Professional Development: Academic Values Enacted Online
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Author(s): Sally Smits Masten (Western Governors University, USA) and S. Nikki Holland (Western Governors University, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 22
Source title: Handbook of Research on Future of Work and Education: Implications for Curriculum Delivery and Work Design
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sunil Ramlall (Concordia University Wisconsin, USA), Ted Cross (Western Governors University, USA) and Michelle Love (Western Governors University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8275-6.ch026

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Abstract

Surging enrollment, high levels of student contact, and the professional isolation that can result from teaching remotely combine to increase the risk of burnout for faculty teaching online. Additional risk factors stem from higher education's turn toward a customer service model, its current emphasis on efficiency with the addition of performance metrics, and resulting feelings of loss of agency, efficacy, and belonging. However, the principles of self-determination theory—autonomy, competence, and relatedness—provide a foundation for creating a sustainable, engaging work environment for faculty that also benefits students and the university as a whole. This chapter draws from interdisciplinary research and the insights and experiences of faculty to detail the causes of and solutions for burnout, emphasizing the role institutions play in mitigating the risk factors. Finally, this chapter includes a playbook of concrete practices that departments and institutions can draw from to create opportunities for employees to collaborate, reflect, and flourish.

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