Rigor, critique, and challenge tend to be prized in academic cultures, but what happens when we perceive that we are the ones not meeting standards—either in reality or in our own internal and often unfriendly judgments? Following an exploration of aspects of faculty life that foster self-criticism, this webinar introduces mindful self-compassion as a resource for meeting difficult moments and interactions with resilience.
Presented by Susan Walzer, Ph.D., MSW, Professor of Sociology Emeritus, Skidmore College
Susan Walzer, Ph.D., MSW, retired as Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College in June 2021. Susan’s teaching and research focused on emotions, family relationships and transitions, social psychology, and issues in higher education. During her 25 years at Skidmore, she served as a department chair, on numerous committees, and provided counsel to colleagues based on qualitative research she guided and conducted about student and faculty cultures. These experiences coupled with her clinical background and training as a teacher of mindful self-compassion all inform her current consultations about navigating challenges of academic life.