New School Year, New You: Strategies for Managing Stress, Exhaustion, and Burnout for Pandemic Fatigued and Weary Online Instructors

This webinar is part of our OLC Innovate 2021 Best-in-Track (Leadership and Advocacy) summer webinar series!

For some instructors, the pandemic events of 2020 and 2021 brought new challenges to teaching and learning, alongside an imbalance in routines, priorities, and self-care habits. Many Instructors found themselves buried under grading and content creation, all while managing multiple other personal and professional priorities. As we embark on a new school year, join us for an engaging and collaborative group conversation to identify strategies for managing stress, identifying outlets for self-care, and reflecting on the nuggets of strength, grace, and hope that helped us persist through the worst of the pandemic.

In this honest, personal, informative, and engaged conversation session, participants will explore their self-care routines and strategies (or lack thereof) and how they might find new ways to build self-care practices and strategies into their daily practices moving forward. Let’s work together to create individualized plans to weather whatever challenges the new school year brings.

By participating in this webinar, you will…

  • Identify at least one strategy you use to infuse self-care into your daily routine.
  • Identify at least one person you will actively build a network with and together further support and mentor one another to address burnout, fatigue, and self-care.
  • Discuss strategies for rewriting one’s fatigue, burnout, and stress dialogue.
  • Identify possible teaching-focused strategies that could reduce stress, fatigue, and burnout.

Please note: This webinar will NOT be recorded in order to encourage and protect candid sharing from participants in a safe space.

Speaker Bio
Tina Rettler-Pagel
Dr. Tina Rettler-Pagel

Director of Online Learning and Chief Online Learning Officer – Madison College

Tina Rettler-Pagel is a Faculty member and Chief Online Learning Officer at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin. Tina holds a B.S. in Education with an emphasis on Emotional Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently working on a Student Affairs Administration Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Tina has completed an Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Online Teaching Certificate, as well as participated in OLC’s Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) in 2017. Her research interests include retention and persistence in the online classroom, the success of women of color in online learning spaces, women in higher education leadership and governance, digital equity, and community college approaches to teaching and learning. When consulting with faculty, and in her own practice, Tina shares three important lessons: start small, engage at all costs, and never underestimate the power of kindness and inclusion in the classroom.