Strategies for Improving Faculty Morale in Times of Tight Budgets

With an increase in faculty members' teaching loads and diminishing resources, Barbara Brown, chair of the social science department at Georgia Perimeter College, became concerned with morale in her department. "I realized I was locked into a cycle of responding to negative events. So what I wanted to do, what psychologists always like to do, is to try to catch the good moments and note them. In an average day we don't pay attention to the good things happening. We're so busy paying attention to the negative things that we don't stop to say what's good or stop to think about what we can do to make things better," she says.

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