Faculty Resources

Faculty members are some of the most important people students will come in contact with during their time at KU. Faculty also serve the dual role of being co-workers and employees as well. In this section we hope to provide faculty members with the resources to support their co-workers, students, and each other.

Center for Faculty Development and Mentoring

FAQ: Supporting Colleagues and Students in Crisis

If supervisors and/or employees encounter situations regarding the welfare of an employee, feel uncertain about future action, or if an employee has shared in confidence thoughts of self-harm or harm to others, contact the ADA Resource Center for Equity and Accessibility (accessibility@ku.edu, 785-864-748) or Employee Relations (hrdept@ku.edu, 785-864-4946).

Crises like COVID-19 impact the well-being of all employees. Some individuals with mental health diagnoses may experience an increase in symptoms, and other individuals experience a new mental health diagnosis, such as anxiety or depression as a result of COVID-19.

A supervisor may be the first individual to recognize that an employee needs help. The list below provides some examples of behaviors that may indicate an employee is having a difficult time. This list is not intended to be exhaustive nor should it be used to diagnose a behavioral health issue. Only mental health professionals are qualified to provide a diagnosis.

  • Crying spells
  • Withdrawal from others
  • Neglect of responsibilities and loss of motivation
  • Loss of interest in personal appearance
  • Use of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Displaying extreme mood swing
  • Behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Distracted or preoccupied thought processes
  • Lengthy, ranting or threatening communication with staff, faculty, peers, and/or visitors
  • Loss of interest in previously desired activities, hobbies, etc.
  • Increased absence
  • Fear of financial instability
  • Fear of loss of employment
  • Statements of self-harm or harm to others
  • Changes in employee behavior

If you see an employee in need, notify your supervisor and discuss the situation. Then, if you feel comfortable:

  • Reach out to the employee.
  • Remain calm in your conversation with the employee.
  • Ask how you can help.
  • Let them know you support them.
  • Listen non-judgmentally to their concerns.
  • Provide resource information: Employee Assistance Program (1-888-270-8897 option #1)  and/or ADA RCEA Mental Health Resource Guide
  • Follow up with the employee the following day to offer further support and ensure they have resources they need.

Faculty who Excel at Supporting Students

Below is a list of faculty members who have been recommended to our office as faculty members who support their students in innovative and responsive ways. If you are a faculty with questions on what you can do to ensure your classroom is inclusive of all of your students, please email a faculty below for tips they use in their classrooms.

A searchable table of faculty who excel at supporting students
Giselle AnatolProfessorEnglishganatol@ku.edu
Leah TerranovaAssistant DeanSchool of Lawleaht@ku.edu
Najarian PetersAssociate ProfessorSchool of Lawnajarian.peters@ku.edu
Tammara DurhamVice Provost of Student AffairsStudent Affairstdurham@ku.edu
Ward LylesAssociate ProfessorUrban Planningw872l929@ku.edu 

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