Task Force Rationale: The Council of Deans (COD) and Council of Faculties (COF) Faculty Affairs Committee will work together to address burnout and building a culture of support. With the impact of the pandemic and the subsequent great resignation, faculty and staff have been left with lingering effects on workload, wellbeing, morale, and job satisfaction. We know that burnout is real and present, yet AACP has produced ample programming and materials on wellbeing in support of individuals. Offering yet another mindfulness exercise or adding more time for self-care into our already busy schedules puts the burden of addressing what is a larger workplace issue upon individuals. We have an imperative to examine systems level issues that influence culture, psychological safety, and working conditions in pharmacy education. Addressing such issues will involve a systemic approach. Reconceptualizing how to create community will be important. This task force will explore systemic influential factors contributing to faculty wellbeing and professional satisfaction as well as make recommendations for creating community that foster belonging and connection to meaningful work. We envision their work producing valuable resources for best practices and programming that emphasizes strategies known to improve engagement and provide a culture of support.
Task Force Charges:
- In collaboration with members of COF and AACP staff, the task force is responsible for planning programming for the AACP Interim Meeting 2024. The deadline for this programming is the end of September 2023.* The topic should be on Addressing burnout at the systemic level and building a culture of support.
- The task force is responsible for one of the following: preparing a webinar on this topic OR submitting a minimum of one formal proposal for a platform presentation at the AACP Annual Meeting in July 2024.*
- Creation of a summary report for publishing and distribution to the academy (e.g., commentary or white paper in AJPE) of the systemic factors contributing to faculty wellbeing and offer recommendations/guidance for creating community and fostering connection to meaningful work.
*Members of the community leadership group are not expected to provide all these programs, rather they are responsible for coordinating their development and implementation.