“Just like we have to learn how to give grace to ourselves, we really have to give grace to our students. I'm giving more grace than ever before....Some students would really just appreciate being seen by you and recognizing that their struggle is difficult."
— Dr. Christina Bieber Lake
Listen in on our book club conversation with author and professor Dr. Christina Bieber Lake where we discuss thriving in academia — even during a pandemic.
Whether you are a seasoned college professor or just starting out in your career, Dr. Bieber Lake offers a rich combination of spiritual insight and practical tips that will renew your love of teaching. Her intent is to help you thrive — rather than merely survive — in academia. Even though Christina wrote her book pre-pandemic, it was published during the pandemic and some of the issues she addresses in the book take on pressing and deeper significance. How do you adjust your expectations in the face of personal and societal crises and grief? How can teachers practice habits of well-being and bring a sense of well-being to their students? How do you find the solitude needed for academic reading and writing?
These are just some of the questions around which we had lively discussions as we read The Flourishing Teacher at the Fall book club hosted by Women in the Academy and Professions. In November, we enjoyed having Dr. Bieber Lake join us for the book club finale to talk to us about thriving as a teacher during this season. This episode is a recording of that book club session from November 10, 2020. We hope you too will enjoy listening to Dr. Bieber Lake’s wisdom and be spurred to pick up her book!
— Jasmine Obeyesekere