Avoiding faculty burnout

ivor livingston, Ph.D.

March 29, 2010

Video Segments

  1. What is burnout?
  2. How common is faculty burnout?
  3. What are the causes and outcomes of burnout?
  4. How can faculty manage stress to avoid burnout?
  5. How can faculty prevent burnout?


Sociologist, psychologist, and public health educator, Dr. Ivor Livingston explores faculty burnout from an interdisciplinary perspective.    He begins his presentation by defining burnout, identifying its symptoms, and documenting its incidence among faculty.  Then, highlighting the role of stress and perception, he explains burnout’s causes and outcomes.  Finally, he proposes five stress management strategies that faculty can adopt to avoid burnout:  cognitive restructuring, psychosocial adjustments, lifestyle adjustments, situational adjustments, and relaxation experiences.