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Spring 2023 Teaching Effectiveness Institute

Burnout 101: Understanding and Mitigating Burnout in Teaching and Learning Environments

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

by Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Georgia Tech

Online registration is closed


Levels of burnout among faculty across the country are high as we continue to deal with issues of pandemic, social unrest, and political strife. But understanding burnout and actively working to mitigate its effects on our lives and classrooms is possible. In this institute, Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark will lead you through a series of activities and reflection opportunities to answer several questions:

  • What is burnout, and how might it be impacting your life and work?
  • How might students be experiencing burnout, and how might that be influencing classroom engagement?
  • How might reaffirming your purpose as a higher ed professional as well as reconnecting with your interests and students serve as a path away from burnout?
  • How can you talk about burnout with your colleagues and administrators to improve learning environments for everyone?


Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark, director of the Office of Faculty Professional Development at Georgia Tech, is an experienced faculty member, faculty developer, and coach. She is the author of Unraveling Faculty Burnout: Pathways to Reckoning and Renewal (Johns Hopkins, 2022) and Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching (University of Chicago, 2017). She is also the host of the agile academic podcast for women in higher education.

Rebecca Pope-Ruark
Rebecca Pope-Ruark


Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning

Registration Information

The Institute is open to all NIU faculty (including tenured / tenure-track, clinical, research, visiting, and instructional faculty), SPS, and Civil Service staff. Please register by the deadline so that we can ensure you have access to the technology used for the virtual Institute.

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 9, 2023. Please register online.

After you register, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration by Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? View answers to commonly asked questions below.

Who is the Teaching Effectiveness Institute designed for?
The Teaching Effectiveness Institute is typically offered every fall and spring. We invite presenters who are well-known for their expertise and experience in higher education teaching. The Institute is geared toward those who are new to teaching as well as experienced faculty wanting to learn about new and exciting teaching topics.
Will the institute be held in-person or virtually? Updated
The Spring 2023 Teaching Institute will be delivered virtually via Zoom. While we love getting together in person, the unpredictable weather in January makes it challenging for speakers to travel and for participants to attend.
What will I need to be able to participate in the institute?

You will need a computer with speakers or headphones or a smartphone (Android or iOS). You will need a webcam or microphone to share your audio or video with other participants, but this is not required. There is a text chat for discussion if you do not have a microphone available. You will also need a reliable Internet connection.

The institute will take place via Zoom, so it would be helpful to have Zoom installed on your computer prior to the institute.

Is there a fee for attending the Teaching Effectiveness Institute?
There is no fee for attending the Teaching Effectiveness Institute; the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning offers the institute free of charge. However, it is expensive to provide the Institute, not to mention the time our staff devotes to planning and executing the program. The center does not receive student fees or grants to fund the Teaching Effectiveness Institute and other programs. Therefore, we would appreciate that you attend as much of the Institute as possible. If, after you register, you know that you will be unable to attend, please cancel by the deadline so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to register and/or program expenses can be reduced.
Where can I park to attend the Teaching Effectiveness Institute?Updated
Because it is fully online, you may attend the Teaching Effectiveness Institute from anywhere, so you do not have to come to campus to attend. If you need to be on campus to have a reliable Internet connection, you can park in the visitor pay lot located on Carroll Avenue for a fee for the day. Alternatively, you can purchase a parking permit for the day, week, month, semester, or entire academic year from Campus Parking Services to park in any unreserved blue parking space. For more information, visit the Campus Parking Services website.
Will the Institute be recorded for me to review, if I am unable to attend part of it?Updated
Because the 2023 spring Teaching Effectiveness Institute will be offered fully online, the session will be recorded. Due to the interactive nature of the institute, registrants are encourage to attend and actively participate during the institute. The recording will be shared with participants only for later viewing. To ensure participants feel comfortable sharing during the institute, portions of the session may not be recorded or may be removed from the recording.

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Teaching and Learning

Phone: 815-753-0595

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