Feeling Any Burnout?

Spring semester is tough. I am always running on fumes by the end of it, and this year is no different.

Last week, I got an email from Carrie Nepstad with this video on Cabin Fever in it–she must have seen the empty look in my eyes/posts, and then I remembered this article from Inside Higher Ed:

The analysis, which is based on 12 peer-reviewed studies in the United States, Britain, Canada, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands, likens levels of burnout among those who teach in higher education to those of schoolteachers and health professionals.

The authors also attempt to pinpoint the key factors that push some academics into a state characterized by “the depletion of emotional reserves (emotional exhaustion), an increasingly cynical and negative approach towards others (depersonalization) and a growing feeling of work-related dissatisfaction.”

And then, again, there’s this from the same piece:

With students increasingly consumerist, it was important to “set the boundaries of respectful discourse on both sides.” But she added: “We academics have to toughen up.”

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