Scholar Skills: Unraveling Faculty Burnout


“I’m burned out” is a familiar phrase in higher ed these days. This episode explores:

  • What burnout is and is not.
  • One scholar’s personal experience with burnout.
  • How higher ed’s culture and the “expectation escalation” encourage burnout.
  • Academic capitalism and its relationship to faculty burnout.
  • The missing voices from the conversation on burnout.
  • Imposter syndrome and how it plays out for women, especially, in the academy.

Our guest is: Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Director of the Office of Faculty Professional Development at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the author of Unraveling Faculty Burnout: Pathways to Reckoning and Renewal (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022) and Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching (The University of Chicago Press, 2017) as well as the coeditor of Redesigning Liberal Education: Innovative Design for a Twenty-First-Century Undergraduate Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020).

Our host is: Dr. Dana M. Malone, co-producer and co-host of The Academic Life channel. Dana is energized by facilitating meaningful conversations and educational experiences for folks across the academy and beyond. Dana is the author of From Single to Serious: Relationships, Gender, and Sexuality on American Evangelical Campuses, (Rutgers University Press).

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