The Center for Teaching Excellence is offering a Faculty Wellness
Workshop Series. Funded by State APSCUF, it will offer seven sessions that
will draw upon shared readings, reflection, and the skills of nationally
known consultants, as well as IUP faculty and staff, to promote personal
wellness and build resilience in the face of challenges and change.
These workshops will offer each participant the choice of one of
two faculty productivity and well-being related books, a coffee mug to remind
participants to give priority to their own self-care (while supplies last), and
the opportunity to attend any or all of the six interactive workshops and an online
We have a few books left, and the semester is coming to an end.
Please register by December 9 to claim a free book on faculty wellness
and receive it prior to the start of the semester.
Register for the workshop series and
choose your book.
Jan 15, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Susan Robison, author of Peak Performing Professor,
with join faculty facilitators to provide an overview of the learning
community design and guide faculty participants in goal-setting exercises
designed to reduce stress through aligning work with core values and prepare
holistically for a productive semester.
Jan 29, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Spring 2020 brought into sharp focus the challenges presented
by online teaching and working from home to productivity, health, and well-being.
This session will share challenges presented and best practices in preserving
sanity and physical health, and avoiding social isolation while teaching online
and allowing faculty to discuss and apply strategies for personal practice.
Activities will include an analysis of your home office space to maximize
comfort and productivity.
This interactive session will offer faculty an overview of
research-supported best practices for scholarly productivity through the use of
self-care practices and promoting well-being. An emphasis on
“well-functioning” within academic productivity will be discussed as it relates
to balancing teaching, service, and scholarship.
Feb. 26, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Time management has two aspects: understanding how you use your
time, and intervening to manage your time with your priorities. Prior to the
session, faculty participants will be given instructions for a two-week time
audit where they engage in a self-study of their own time use. In
this session, we will explore methods for aligning your time with your
priorities, using your own time audit.
This session will involve a panel of IUP campus and community
service providers who will share content related to offices and personnel that
have as their mission the provision of expert assistance to students and
faculty. Utilizing these services can enable faculty to gain time by referring
inquiries to faculty, staff, and local health wellness agencies who support
faculty and student academic work and well-being.
Mid-semester, participants will be led in a relaxing yoga session
with Julie Means, a TriYoga teacher. TriYoga is a system of postures and
movements, breath, and focus that brings health to the body and peace to the
mind. Through the practice of yoga, participants can experience a relaxed and
strong body, a clear and calm mind, and inner peace. Studies continue to show
that the benefits of yoga include, but are not limited to, emotional balance,
mental clarity, and self-confidence; increased flexibility, strength, and
endurance; and transformation of body, mind, spirit.
March 26, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Week thirteen of the semester may feel like the 24th mile of a
marathon. You have come so far and just need to make it to the end! Susan
Robison, author of Peak Performing Professor, will join faculty
facilitators to share content related to avoiding faculty burnout through a
wellness approach. Activities will include a personal well-being
self-assessment, working in small and then large groups to share advice on
avoiding burnout through self-care, and an avoiding burnout takeaway activity to
choose a next step.