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Apr 19, 2021

Burnout is a serious issue that can affect your health, relationships, and job performance. It’s important to know the signs of burnout so you can take steps to prevent it from happening in the first place. But if you do experience burnout, don’t panic! There are ways for you to get back on track and feel good again. Listen to this episode of The A&P Professor with Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark about how we can avoid, deal with, or be there for others experiencing burnout! You'll be glad you did!

  • 00:00 | Introduction
  • 00:48 | Rebecca Pope-Ruark
  • 02:42 | Sponsored by AAA
  • 04:08 | Burnout & How to Fix It
  • 18:41 | Sponsored by HAPI
  • 19:59 | Reducing Academic Burnout
  • 34:42 | Sponsored by HAPS
  • 35:59 | Student Burnout
  • 41:54 | Staying Connected

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Rebecca Pope-Ruark

2 minutes

Introduction to this episode's special guest, Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark. She's an author of the popular book Agile Faculty, host of the Agile Faculty podcast, and an expert in faculty burnout.

  • The Agile Faculty Life (Rebecca Pope-Ruark's website)
  • Agile Academic (Rebecca Pope-Ruark's blog)
  • The Agile Academic Podcast (Rebecca Pope-Ruark's podcast for women in higher ed)
  • Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching (book by Rebecca Pope-Ruark)

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Sponsored by AAA

1.5 minute

A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at

Searchable transcript

Captioned audiogram 

Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!

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Burnout & How to Fix It

14.5 minutes

Following up on a recent online HAPS webinar hosted by Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark lays out some of the basics of burnout. What is burnout? Is it different than stress? How can we deal with faculty burnout?

  • Keeping the Spark - March 10, 2021. Presentation by Rebecca Pope-Ruark on faculty burnout and how to avoid or recover from it. Sponsored by HAPS and AACA. (recording of presentation)

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Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

1.5 minute

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!

NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction


Reducing Academic Burnout

14.5 minutes

What can we do to prevent or reduce faculty burnout? Are there ways we can support each other and keep each other out of "the burn?"
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Sponsored by HAPS

1.5 minute

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast.  You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there. Watch for virtual town hall meetings and upcoming regional meetings!

Anatomy & Physiology Society

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Student Burnout

6 minutes

Yes, there are things we can do in our courses to help with student burnout.fatigued woman with laptop


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