Faculty Mental Wellness in Academe: Is Leadership Up to the Challenge?

In an era of global pandemics, social distancing, covered faces, and vaccine debates, college educators and their students are expected to forge ahead. Yet the question arises: Is leadership prepared? Much is made of student mental wellness, and rightly so, but the pandemic has proven that educators’ mental health cannot go ignored. Academic leaders must equip themselves with new insights and paradigms related to fostering mental wellness among faculty. Self-care before student-care is the new mantra. This webinar sheds light on what needs to happen now in order to help faculty thrive.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants understand why toxic leadership at community colleges disempowers and contributes to the poor mental health of faculty.
  2. Participants learn how supervision style can impact faculty mental health.
  3. Participants learn pertinent laws, regulations, and policies governing mental disabilities in higher education and whether leadership gets a passing mark in this area.

Dr. Mignette Yvonne Dorsey was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is an award-winning former newspaper journalist, having worked for Houston Community Newspapers, The Houston Post, and The Houston Chronicle. She has also worked as a spokesperson for the city of Houston and was the city’s first Bicycle-Pedestrian Coordinator, appointed by Mayor Lee P. Brown. After her stint in politics, she taught high school journalism and reading and is currently a professor of English at Lone Star College-Houston North. As a child, Dr. Dorsey became familiar with her father’s historical struggle for civil rights via newspaper articles, but it was during her years at The Houston Post that she began researching in earnest. Her book,  Speak Truth to Power, the Story of Charles Patrick, a Civil Rights Pioneer, was published by The University of Alabama Press and is available on Amazon. Dr. Dorsey is also a 2017 alumnus of Lone Star College’s Leadership Academy, a 2016 alumnus of the Deans and Chairs Institute, and a 2021 Lone Star College Faculty Excellence Award winner. Dr. Dorsey earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from the University of Houston. She earned her doctorate in leadership from Carolina Christian College in Spring 2021 after completing her dissertation: “Leading Mentally Ill Employees in Higher Education and Managing Self in the Process.”

None of the information contained in this presentation is legal advice.

Please Note:

Only those attending the LIVE webinar will receive a certificate of attendance. Thank you!