Thursday, 18 February 2021 at 7am PST and 3pm GMT


Knowledge Session: Researching the Effects of COVID-19 on Staff Wellness


As higher education institutions and organizations responded to the coronavirus crisis, the immediate focus was on student health and safety. As professional helpers, we will continue to prioritize students during crisis; however, we must acknowledge that not enough attention is given to the wellness of professionals who help manage crises. In this knowledge session, Dr. Jeremy Doughty and Dr. Kerry Klima will present findings from their qualitative research study that explored the wellness stories of international educators who supported students in response to COVID-19. We will then engage in interactive discussions on implications for practice related to faculty and staff wellness during crises.

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Jeremy R. Doughty, Ph.D.; Resident Director—England; University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)

Jeremy R. Doughty, Ph.D.; Resident Director—England; University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)Dr. Jeremy Doughty serves as the resident director for USAC’s study abroad programs in England. Jeremy has worked in the field of international education since 2005 in roles that range from an English instructor with the Peace Corps in Ukraine to the senior international officer at a liberal arts college in Wisconsin. Jeremy received his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University. He spent his summers at the University of the Western Cape, and his research explored how South African community members are affected by international service-learning programs.

Kerry L.B. Klima, Ph.D.; Associate Director—Assessment & Evaluation; Director—McNair Scholars; California State University, Long BeachDr. Kerry Klima serves as the Associate Director for Assessment and Evaluation, and Director of the McNair Scholars program in Southern California at California State University, Long Beach. Her research centers on wellness, mental well-being, and professional development for student affairs professionals. She has assisted in international research projects and served as a student coordinator for a study experience for student affairs professionals in New Zealand.

Researching the Effects of COVID-19 on Staff Wellness.