“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.
Chapter 2: Identify Your Stress Traps
Identify Your Stress Traps
Education is to professors as water is to goldfish. They swim in it, but never think to study it.
This statement reflects the relative dearth of studies in which college and university professors are the focus. While academicians devote much time and energy to the study of other professions, they rarely turn that scrutiny on themselves. Few have ventured to study the professoriate, and when exploring its dimensions the discourse most often remains at the philosophical and esoteric levels.
Earlier studies reveal that professors are among those professionals who are most satisfied with their jobs, and report fewer health problems. However, recent studies of academics around the word reveal dissatisfaction with work environments, disillusionment with career ...