Austin, Ann, and Pilat, Mary: Tension, Stress, and the Tapestry of Faculty Lives. American Association of University Professors Vol 76. No 1. Jan-Feb, 1990.
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Nearly 3,000 faculty* strive to manage the rigorous, often competing, professional expectations of this academic environment (teaching, research, grant-writing, and mentoring) while also managing lives outside the profession. There are experiences in nearly every faculty member's life that can be extraordinarily stressful.
- Expectations related to a new job
- Preparation for tenure
- Deadline pressures
- Denial of grants or loss of funding
- Increased demands at home (new baby, eldercare)
- Prolonged separation from family or other social supports
- Teaching a new course, or a course outside one's realm of expertise
- Conflicts or troubled relationships at work or outside of work
- Research opportunity that takes one away from family
- Alcohol or other drug addiction
Faculty members may feel they can't take time to talk about their stresses, or that their problems are just not "solvable." But talking with someone, getting another perspective, discovering new resources may actually restore time and energy you thought you'd lost.
FSAP staff members are available for phone as well as in person appointments, so you can choose what would fit best in your demanding schedule.
FSAP services also are available to the partners and spouses of eligible employees.
Faculty members often are the first to recognize serious problems in their students, teaching assistants, research assistants, and colleagues. FSAP staff can help you assess concerns, consider options, and facilitate outreach or referral for the person in distress.
*Regular full-time and part-time professorial faculty members. Weill Cornell Medical College-NYC medical division units have additional external affiliations with 1,326 full-time and part-time faculty members elsewhere. Weill Cornell Medical College and Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, both in New York City, and Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha, Qatar. (Source accessed 6/2011: http://www.cornell.edu/about/facts/stats.cfm)