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We have all spent the last three years sharing our concerns, frustrations, and hopes with one another. By offering channels for faculty to specifically name the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their professional and personal lives, the 2022-23 Gender Equity Research Fellowship team hopes to stimulate tangible institutional change that will support faculty moving forward.Our project utilized a mixed methods approach, though the present research focuses on the qualitative research findings. The purpose of the qualitative data was to find commonalities between the responses that faculty provided when asked about the pandemic in relation to their role(s) at the university. Data collection included three focus groups and individual interviews. The sample for the one-on-one interviews consisted of 19 participants. The research team analyzed the data using two rounds of coding, and results found that participants experienced various challenges. Faculty’s primary roles at the university were shaped around professional duties, such as scholarship and being a resource for students, rather than responsibilities like parenting and caregiving. Many faculty members shared experiences related to exhaustion and burnout.Our findings have led us to suggestions that focus on improving faculty well-being by calling for a shift from focusing on productivity to emphasizing people, policies, and programs. Creating a space for participants to share their experiences brought new insights about the countless roles that faculty take on and how to best support them as we continue to navigate a post-quarantine world.
Course Project 202310 WGS 390 P1
Corinne Brion, Erin Kunz
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium, School of Education and Health Sciences
Institutional Learning Goals
Critical Evaluation of Our Times; Community
"Voices from UD Faculty: The Impact of COVID-19 on Productivity and Progress" (2023). Stander Symposium Projects. 3206.
Presentation: 1:15-2:30 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom