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Teaching in Times of Crisis: Tips and Strategies


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In response to the tragedy at NIU, the NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center has compiled the following information and resources for faculty as the campus community heals. This page will be frequently updated as additional resources are made available throughout the healing process and will remain archived here.

NIU Resources



    • Fear, Anxiety, and Guilt After a Traumatic Event
      When you have lived through a shocking event…you survived a terrible accident, you lost your house in a tornado, you lost a loved one in an accident or severe storm, you or a loved one were attacked, or the place you thought was safe was violated by some form of violence or natural disaster....[PDF] [Word]

    • Grief Journey Tips
      Grief is a normal response to any loss.  Each person’s grief journey is unique, yet the process of grief is similar regardless of what was lost:  a loved one, a relationship, your health or your loved one’s health,your home, your identity/role related to family or job, your income and/or your hopes and dreams.  The intensity of your grief is directly related to the strength of your attachment to what was lost. [PDF] [Word]



    • Responding and Coping...After Traumatic Experiences
      People respond to traumatic events differently.  We cannot control how we respond; we can only accept how we are emotionally and physically responding.  It is important to work at not giving in to our avoidance tendencies and take small steps to face what we experienced and how we are feeling. [PDF] [Word]

    • Stepping Stones Along Your Grief Journey...After the Death of a Loved One
      Everyone’s Grief Journey has a different route and many curves and circles as you slowly move forward.  In the beginning, you hardly believe you are taking any steps or maybe you take a couple steps that are definitely going nowhere!  As you move through the first few months your particular path begins to emerge. Listed below are some of the landmarks that let you know you are moving through your grief. [PDF] [Word]

    • Teaching in Times of Crisis
      Handout of tips and strategies compiled by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center from various sources for teaching after a time of crisis [PDF] [Word]




    • Trauma and Learning - Some tips for Faculty and Instructors
      Some tips for Faculty and Instructors prepared by Toni Tollerud, Ph.D. and Lee Shumow, Ph.D. NIU College of Education, Center for Child Welfare and Education. Dealing with questions like: How does trauma impair learning? What contributes to this impairment that affects the student? As an instructor, what are some ways I could respond to the students in my classes? What about students who might be at a heightened risk? What suggestions can I make? [PDF] [Word]

    • What Helps You Cope With Grief?
      Grief is a normal response to any loss.  Each person’s grief journey is unique, yet the process of grief is similar regardless of what was lost:  a loved one, a relationship, your health or your loved one’s health,your home, your identity/role related to family or job, your income and/or your hopes and dreams.  The intensity of your grief is directly related to the strength of your attachment to what was lost. [PDF] [Word]

 


NIU Support Units

    • Counseling and Student Development Center can help students resolve personal difficulties and acquire the attitudes, abilities, and knowledge that will enable them to take full advantage of their college experience and be successful. Information about the Center can be found at http://www.niu.edu/csdc and 815-753-1206.


    • Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center (FDIDC) has a number of resources online on teaching after a crisis. FDIDC staff are also available for consultations on strategies for teaching after a crisis and can be reached at 815-753-0595, facdev@niu.edu (for faculty), and tadev@niu.edu (for TAs).

    • International Student and Faculty Office (ISFO) advises international students and faculty on ways to succeed academically, socially, and culturally at Northern Illinois University. Information about ISFO can be found at http://www.niu.edu/isfo/aboutus/index.shtml and 815-753-1346.

  • Psychological Services Center provides high quality mental health resources to students, prepares graduate students in professional practice, and provides opportunities for research on empirically supported treatment outcomes. Information about the Center can be found at http://www.niu.edu/psyc/psc/psc_index.shtml and 815-753-0591.

General Resources



    • Crisis Intervention on Campus: Current and New Approaches [PDF]
      Article by Bert H. Epstein (2004) discussing the resulting use, potential overuse, andpossible misuse of psychological debriefing. Analysis and interpretationof recent scientific data for interventions similar to commonly usedmethods of campus crisis intervention are provided.









    • Responding to Crises - POD Network
      Resources and useful links on responding to crises, compiled by the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education











Additional information or resources?
Do you have an additional resource to share with NIU faculty? Email the URL, title, and brief description of suggested resources to jrhode@niu.edu for consideration.

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center staff are available for consultations on strategies for teaching after a crisis and can be reached at 815-753-0595, facdev@niu.edu (for faculty), and tadev@niu.edu (for TAs).


Last Updated: 12/10/2014