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From: Denise K. Magner

Subject: The Quick Tip: Remote Teaching While Introverted

If you think academe's shift to remote instruction has been easier on faculty members who are introverts, think again.

Solitude isn’t a luxury for introverted faculty members — it’s a necessity, especially after intense, emotionally draining interactions with students online. Another semester of remote teaching, thanks to Covid-19, means many faculty introverts are working from home with family members around 24/7 — sometimes in close quarters, sharply reducing opportunities for the kind of extended quiet solitude that they need. If you count yourself in the introvert camp, here are a few strategies to help you cope:

  • Do the mental prep work for remote communication. To connect with your students in a virtual classroom, you can't just fire off a quick email and call it a day. You have to put a lot of time and effort into personalized, consistent, and clear virtual communication. That’s a big stretch for introverts. What can help is deliberate preparation for those interactions — schedule specific blocks of time dedicated solely to student outreach. Having a clearly defined period of interacting helps introverts prepare to “people.”
  • Seize some solitude to replenish your teaching energy. Take frequent solo walks, tote your laptop to any place in the house with a door (it’s not a “coat closet,” it’s a “contemplation chamber”), and set your alarm an hour earlier than anyone else in the family.

Continue reading: "Remote Teaching While Introverted," by Jessamyn Neuhaus

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Denise K. Magner is senior editor of The Chronicle’s advice section, which features articles written by academics for academics on faculty and administrative career issues.