One episode wasn’t enough to talk about burnout in the academy. Juxtaposing the WHO definition of burnout with a definition Karen read, that burnout is “investing emotionally in a job and not having that investment returned,” Karen and Kel, along with commenters on the FB Live where this was recorded, delve further into the elements of academia that make burnout so endemic. In academia, most of what we do is in relationship – with students, colleagues, collaborators, administrators – and requires our investment in a “greater good,” but those relationships have become so extractive and one-sided, and so without any feeling of reciprocity or good will, that the balance that once sustained our academic lives has tipped into unsustainability.
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