Faculty Wellness Day
Our Faculty Success and Wellness Day provides strategies to help us confront the many demands of our busy lives. This day is an opportunity to nourish ourselves both intellectually and holistically, to think about better ways to manage our time and build connections, and to explore wellness practices for self-care. When we take time for ourselves, both mentally and physically, we provide an example for others and we recharge in order to live out our personal values more effectively.
Our Fall 2021 Wellness Day event will be held virtually on Friday, October 15 from 9:00am-2:45pm.
Check out the full agenda for the day.
Keynote speaker: Dr. KerryAnn O’Meara
Aligning Faculty Time and Priorities
This year, we are pleased to welcome Dr. KerryAnn O’Meara. Dr. O’Meara is Professor of Higher Education and Distinguished Scholar Teacher at the University of Maryland. She teaches and learns with students about issues of organizational change and behavior, women in higher education, the academic workforce, and ranking systems. She is a sought after partner, speaker, and consultant on reforms to make academe equitable and inclusive.
Do you ever get frustrated you can spend all day on email or tasks you had not predicted and never get to your priorities? Join us for a presentation about diagnosing some of our time saboteurs. We will consider time-use strategies and putting priorities front and center. O'Meara shares some work from three implementations of a 4 week faculty development series on time management. She shares common challenges, many of which accelerated during the pandemic, and strategies we can use to ensure wellness by aligning what we most want to get done and how we are spending our time.
Faculty Success and Wellness Day keynote is sponsored by VCU's Faculty Senate.
Our first wellness day took place in 2019. Those who attended share an overwhelmingly positive response to their experience.
Our 2020 wellness day required a virtual format. View session recordings here. Topics covered included:
- Detox Your Textbook with Open Educational Resources
- Preserving Time and Peace: Patterns and Paths in Google Products
- Gratitude and Positivity: Informal Student Feedback and Classroom Climate
- Caring for Self While Caring for Family
- Relearn to Relax
- Better Nights Ahead
- Mindfulness in the Classroom
- Tips for Faculty Success and Having a Life
Resource Folder 2020: As a follow up to the event, we put together a folder which contains resources such as reflective exercises, a 30-day self care challenge, to tips on successfully working from home, and links to yoga, meditation and Tai Chi videos. You will also find materials from the 2020 Wellness Day sessions.