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Feeling burned out? Tune in to these higher ed podcasts

Working in higher education can be hard. Being a professor can be both intellectually and emotionally draining. Why not set aside the papers you have to grade, plug in your headphones, and take a moment to relax with a podcast? You need to recharge, reconnect, and get re-inspired. Tune in to these higher education podcasts to guide you through.


With this stockpile of advice and inspiration, you’ll be well on your way to beating your employee burnout and regaining your work motivation.

Need inspiration?
If it’s just a little inspiration you need, this podcast could be just what the doctor ordered. “You’ve Got This,” by Katie Linder, Ph.D., helps academics and higher education professionals work more productively and creatively. Feeling especially fried as the new year approaches? Take some time over the holiday break to recharge your work motivation. In the episode “YGT 122: End of Year Burnout,” Linder discusses some simple solutions to deal with end-of-year burnout in particular. Linder suggests planning for guilt-free rest and relaxation over the break, reconnecting with friends and loved ones and reflecting on your victories and accomplishments for the year. “Mental health, emotional health, is just as important as our physical health,” she says in the episode. “And that’s a big part of self-care as well.”

Need a challenge?
Maybe you’re not feeling as effective and productive as you could be as an educator. On “Teaching in Higher Ed,” host Bonnie Stachowiak will introduce you to educators and innovators who will challenge your ways of doing things and provide you plenty of food for thought. Episode topics range from design thinking to addressing homelessness and housing insecurity in higher education. In episode 280, Stachowiak interviews Todd Zakrajsek, an associate professor of psychology in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina. They talk about how to sustain joy as an educator. Zakrajsek’s interview provides listeners with eight approaches they can take to sustain that joy. Many revolve around building better habits, encouraging educators to define the boundaries around your job by being selective about when to say “yes,” and to be vigilant about protecting their sleep and exercise time. Yet Zakrajsek warns against habituation, suggesting educators maintain their excitement for teaching by trying new things and giving themselves time to fall down intellectual rabbit holes. “We’ve got to be continually putting ourselves in the role of learner,” Stachowiak says in response, “and getting that struggle back and getting that curiosity back.”

Need a spark to relight your fire?
Reconnecting with your passion is a sure-fire path out of burnout, and some people’s passion is infectious enough to spread via audio. On “Higher Ed Geek,” Dustin Ramsdell sits down with people who work in higher education to discover their personal experiences in the field and nerd-out about the topics they’re most passionate about. Whether it’s Kristen Abell talking about mental health in higher education, Dave Eng discussing the gamification of education, or Sadé Abraham examining the effects of poverty and trauma on education, the personal stories of Ramsdell’s guests are sure to enlighten and excite. With this stockpile of advice and inspiration, you’ll be well on your way to beating your employee burnout and regaining your work motivation.
Linder, K. (2018, December 12). Retrieved from
Stachowiak, B. (2019, October 24). Retrieved from
Ramsdell, D. (2019, December 10). Higher Ed Geek. Retrieved from
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