Fall 2021 Return Resources for Faculty

The Office of the Provost’s Faculty Affairs and Diversity Team has planned programming and compiled resources to help WashU faculty Return and Reset as we find and develop our new normal.  We realize that our personal and professional lives have changed in profound ways during the pandemic, and many are still navigating challenges and transition.  Our hope is that you will bookmark this page and return to it frequently.  New resources and events will continue to be added as they arise. If you have any questions, please contact Cecilia Hanan Reyes.

Return and Reset Programming

Thursday, September 30 |12:00 – 1:00pm (Rescheduled)

“Silver Lining from Pandemic Teaching” The Center for Teaching & Learning. Register Here

Thursday, October 14 | 12:00 – 1:00pm

“Wellness & Self-Care: Using Mindfulness to Find Your Center and Getting Grounded during Uncertain Times” Dr. Diana Parra-Perez, Research Assistant Professor, The Brown School. Register Here

Tuesday, October 26 | 3:00 – 4:00pm

“Finding New Rhythms: Returning to Campus, Resetting, and Writing” National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity faculty panel. Register Here

Tuesday, November 2| 12:00 – 1:00pm 

“Mindset and Resilience in the Midst of Trauma” – Tim Bono, Assistant Dean, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Lecturer in Psychological & Brain Sciences, Arts & Sciences. Register Here

Thursday, November 18 | 3:00 – 4:00pm

“Resiliency Strategies during Transition” Emily Page, Sr. Manager, Employee Wellness, Office of Human Resources. Register Here

Work-Life Resources

The New Normal

Our world continues to change as we navigate the pandemic. Caring for oneself is more important than ever. This webpage will highlight tips to help you find balance and practice self-care.

Our tips are informed by WashU experts in psychiatry, wellness, leadership development and family care. Faculty, physicians and expert staff provide their perspectives and suggestions for resources here.

Work-Life Solutions (EAP)

This valuable benefit for you and your family provides resources and referrals for:

  • Confidential emotional support from highly trained clinicians
  • Work-life resources from qualified referrals for just about anything on your to-do list
  • Legal guidance – talk to attorneys for practical assistance with your most pressing legal issues
  • Financial resources from financial experts to assist with a wide range of issues.

Work-Life Solutions, formerly known as Employee Assistance Program (EAP), offers free, confidential, 24/7 support, resources and information for every aspect of your life.

It’s important to remember that there are steps you can take to understand the warning signs for suicide and how to help anyone who may be contemplating it.

Utilize the tools in the Money Matters Toolkit to learn more about simplifying your financial life and managing personal finances.

Family Care

Knowing that family members are safe and well-cared for is the cornerstone of healthy work-life balance. Washington University is committed to providing the support you need to navigate the systems that provide care.

Wellness Resources

Your well-being at WashU

Public Health Guidelines: View the public health guidelines, including the daily screening, masking, physical distancing and other important guidelines.

Online Screening: All personnel must complete a daily screening prior to entering a Washington University building. Personnel should complete and pass this screening each day before coming to campus.

The most effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is getting vaccinated. All faculty, staff and trainees must receive the COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated by August 30, 2021. View our COVID-19 vaccination policy

Take Care Series

Featuring Daily Mindfulness Sessions at 1:30 p.m.

Join us for the Take Care Series throughout the month of October 2021 to learn from a diverse group of well-being experts. This series highlights the 8ight Ways to Wellness principles to address important well-being topics, including screening recommendations, emotional supports, financial planning, nutrition tips and more.

Campus Guidelines

There are a few health and safety guidelines to remember when returning to campus. Human Resources has a list that includes, mask guidelines, guidelines on physical distancing in the workplace, and reminders on good hygiene practice. This site also has helpful numbers and links including the Occupational Health line and the COVID-19 hotline.

Healthcare Benefits

During this time of heightened health concerns and the need to take action to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the COVID-19 virus, the following information is a reminder of some of the benefits available to you as a WashU employee.

Wellness for Educators

Wellness for educators is a site that is invested in and passionate about supporting educators with trauma- and equity-informed practices and strategies for mental health and wellbeing as well as social and emotional learning through a variety of disciplines (yoga, mindfulness, meditation, Qigong, art, dance, music, and more).

Mental Health

Work-Life Solutions, powered by Guidance Resources, the university’s employee assistance program offers free, confidential, 24/7 support, resources and information for every aspect of your life. As a part of their services, counselors can help you or your family members address personal challenges including:

  • Anxiety, depression, stress
  • Grief, loss and life adjustments
  • Relationship/marital conflicts

Teaching and Research

Recalculating: Setting the Course for the Coming Semester and More

Over the last several semesters, we’ve adapted our teaching styles to various forms of remote and hybrid instruction. However, with the planned return to mainly in-person courses this Fall, we’ll need to adapt again. We’ve all learned a lot about teaching over the course of the pandemic, so this is a fruitful time to take stock of these lessons, especially as much of what we’ve learned is just as useful for in-person teaching as it was for remote environments.

Research Policies

The school has provided guidance for researchers during COVID-19. The page provides guideline for Community-Based Research, Environmental Health & Safety, Field Research, Human Participant Research during COVID-19, Lab Research, and other helpful guidelines and protocols for this time.

The Future of Instruction Task Force

In March 2021, Provost Wendland charged the Future of Instruction Task Force (FOI Task Force) with exploring the future nature of instruction and remote learning at the university as a result of changes prompted by the pandemic. This task force considered how the university might employ various forms of remote learning that have been found to benefit student learning. You can view the report here.

Additional Resources

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The NCFDD is a nationally recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources, with an emphasis on research productivity. Of particular interest, they have provided focused support during the pivot to remote learning. 

Through our Institutional Membership, all Washington University faculty, graduate students, post-docs, and trainees can enroll in a free Individual Membership. 

The Washington University institutional membership grants access to the NCFDD full suite of online support resources, including:

Enroll now:

  • Go to http://www.facultydiversity.org/join
  • Choose Washington University in St. Louis from the dropdown menu
  • Select “Activate my Membership”
  • Complete the registration form using your Washington University email