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Katerina Bodovski to Present Work on Burnout in Academia and Work/Life Balance

April 01, 2019

At 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in Room 111 of Renfrew Hall, the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences will welcome Katerina Bodovski, author and associate professor of education at Pennsylvania State University. Bodovski has distinguished herself in the realm of creating work/life balance in the face of escalating expectations on tenure track faculty members.

Bodovski suffered a physical and emotional collapse as a result of tenure track burnout. She chronicled her experiences last year in "Why I Collapsed on the Job," a virally-read and widely-discussed article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Her presentation draws from her own experiences recovering from burnout to create work/life balance she can share with other faculty members. Her talk will highlight the challenges and problems with the current institutional climate and expectations of academia, reflections on Bodovski's personal experiences, as well as presenting potential solutions.

Bodovski received her master's in sociology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and her doctorate in sociology from Pennsylvania State University. Bodovski's peripatetic early life across three continents informed her unique perspective of several cultures. Born in Soviet Moscow, Bodovski came of age during the "perestroika" and "glasnost" movements. She moved to Israel, just as a peaking peace process suffered the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin. Her final move brought her to America in the dark days following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Bodovski is the author of two books: "Across Three Continents: Reflections on Immigration, Education and Personal Survival" (Peter Lang Publishing, 2015) and "Childhood and Education in the United States and Russia: Sociological and Comparative Perspectives" (forthcoming, Emerald Group Publishing).

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