Coping with Covid: Finding Your Center in This Time of Disruption

A workshop for FAS Faculty led by Rena Seltzer, ACSW

Date: July 23, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Zoom access details will be provided to confirmed participants.

Space is limited; RSVP here

A regular feature of academic life is working at full tilt while juggling multiple priorities. A global pandemic has introduced a whole new level of stress. Even those not directly impacted by the virus face challenges ranging from disruption of research projects to cancelled travel plans to loss of childcare. Academic work-loads continue to be in flux as universities announce fall plans, many which are contingent on what happens with the virus. In and out of academia, everyone is coping with an unprecedented amount of uncertainty. In this two-hour interactive workshop, we will explore strategies to get and stay centered both in “normal” times, and especially in this time of disruption. Topics covered will include:

  1. Research based strategies to manage stress and recharge.
  2. How to create boundaries between work and personal life, especially when working from home.
  3. Clarifying priorities and protecting time for the most mission critical activities.
  4. Mapping out the uncertainty and the certainty to focus on the things you can control.

Rena Seltzer, ACSW, is a dynamic coach and trainer with over seventeen years of experience coaching academics across the span of their careers. Rena is a regular presenter at universities including Yale University, the University of Michigan, and Cornell University, and a popular presenter for numerous other organizations including Princeton University, the University of Wisconsin, and the Academy of Management. Rena is the author of The Coach’s Guide for Women Professors: Who Want a Successful Career and a Well-Balanced Life. The Coach’s Guide gives robust attention not just to gender but to a full range of issues pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion of faculty of color and from a range of historically underrepresented groups. Rena’s coaching and workshops are also deeply influenced by her interest in Positive Organizational Scholarship.


The following faculty members are eligible to attend:

  • any ladder faculty member with a primary or fully joint appointment in an FAS department or program, or
  • any instructional (non-ladder) faculty member with a primary or fully joint full-time multi-year non-visiting appointment in an FAS department or program or the MacMillan Center.

Space is limited; please RSVP here.