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“Dr. Gmelch follows a sensible, pragmatic sequence of presentation in this book…. This book would be a definite asset for all academic libraries. In fact, I would urge departmental chairs and deans to issue it to each graduate student completing their program and entering higher education and each new assistant professor joining the faculty.” --Academic Library Book Review Anxiety, frustration, and strain leading to stress and burnout. Who hasn't felt these pressures to some degree? Stress is a common feature of academic life--and not always a bad thing--according to education professor Walter H. Gmelch, who has studied faculty stress for 15 years. “Positive” stress can actually help make you a more productive scholar. But, how do we manage those little (and not so little) annoying moments and patterns of behavior that build up to the boiling point by the end of the week? Based on his extensive research, Gmelch outlines the chief forms of faculty stress and its major causes. He then provides concrete advice on what you can do about the negative stressors in your job and in other areas of your life. Replete with exercises to help understand how stress affects you and forms to help you build a plan to cope with this stress, this book will be welcome relief for any faculty member.

Check Your Stress Level
Check your stress level

Sometimes I feel I have too heavy a workload, one that I cannot possibly finish in the day … or even the academic year.

The words spoken here are not those of a dean squeezed in the middle, a department chair compressed by time pressures, or a secretary frustrated from overload; they came from a tenured full professor looking for a way out.

Yes, time pressure represents one form of stress, just as lethal as feeling helpless within a tenure-track system. No matter what package it comes in, faculty recognize the feeling of stress. It is as much a part of their lives as love, pain, euphoria, and defeat. More than 100,000 books, magazines, and journal articles have been written ...

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