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Joya Misra Joins Expert Panel for June 18 Webcast on Faculty Well-Being

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Expert Panelist Joya Misra
Joya Misra

Joya Misra, provost professor and Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Chair, will be one of four panelists on the webcast, “How Investing in Faculty Well-Being Is Investing in Your Institution,” available for free for the UMass Amherst community at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18.

Misra, a professor in sociology and the School of Public Policy, will be joined on the panel by Adrianna Kezar, director of the Pullias Center of Higher Education at USC,

R. Todd Benson, director of the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at Harvard University and Aditi Pai, special assistant in the Office of the Provost at Spelman College.

Using case studies, the expert panel will explore effective, efficient ways institutions can support faculty members to achieve an improved sense of well-being, balance and productivity for their benefit and for that of the organization. They will also discuss what constitutes meaningful institutional support for faculty to achieve better balance and positively impact other groups on campus including students.

The panelists will also examine how and why faculty members tend to struggle with their sense of well-being, productivity, work-life and work-work balance. Examples from other institutions will be shared to explore how faculty members have been supported with specific interventions to boost their well-being, sense of balance and productivity. 

The webcast is sponsored by Inside Higher Ed with support from the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD).

Misra’s research and teaching primarily focus on social inequality, including inequalities by gender and gender identity, race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, citizenship, parenthood status and educational level. She considers how policies may work to both reinforce and lessen inequalities and aims to create more equitable societies and workplaces.

More information and online registration form can be found on the Inside Higher Ed webcast site. All registrants will receive a recording of the webcast and a copy of the presentation slides.