Faculty Stress and Well-being: Why It Matters and What to Do About It

Status: RECORDED on SEP 13, 2017

$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

ISM research has consistently identified faculty culture to be the primary predictor of student performance, satisfaction, and enthusiasm. It has also shown the importance of predictability and support on faculty culture and the student experience. New ISM research into faculty stress and well-being has examined stress, life satisfaction, and what teachers look for in a place of employment. We can use these data findings to inform decisions that impact attraction and retention of exemplary faculty members.

This is the first Webinar in a two-part series. It provides an overview of the research on faculty stress, why it matters, how to assess it, and what to do about it.


  • The latest ISM research on private-independent school faculty stress and well-being
  • The importance of faculty culture in the lives of students
  • Tools for assessing faculty culture and the faculty experience
  • Concrete ways to reduce stress for faculty and foster a positive faculty culture

Run Time:
Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes with15 minutes designated for Q&A.

Who Should Attend:

Heads of School, Division Heads, Department Chairs, Business Managers

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Barbara Beachley

ISM Director of Advisory Services | Consultant


Barbara provides her expertise in the areas of student-centered and brain-based pedagogies, faculty growth and culture, faculty evaluation, academic leadership, mission identity, survey best practices, and data analysis.

Current Role

As Director of ISM Advisory Services, Barbara:

  • Oversees ISM’s Consulting, Publications, Research, and Professional Development divisions
  • Consults in strategic academic planning and school leadership
  • Writes for ISM’s publications, including Ideas & Perspectives
  • Facilitates some of ISM's scheduling workshops, empowering teachers to transition to and teach effectively in longer periods
  • Leads courses at ISM’s Summer Institute, including Transformative Academic Leadership: Inspire and Empower Excellence and Administration and Faculty Evaluation: Maximize Your Team's Capacity
  • Speaks at educational conferences, including CASE-NAIS, EMA, and AISAP
  • Facilitates Board and school leadership retreats

Prior Experience

Barbara joined ISM in 2011 after working in the field of education since 1996. She served as an ESL and adult literacy teacher at Boston University, MA; an upper school modern language teacher at the MacDuffie School, MA; and a language teacher and lead advisor at Collegiate School, VA. She also served as Academic Dean at Cape Henry Collegiate School, VA, where she oversaw curriculum and professional growth in grades PK−12.

While enrolled at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, she attended a year of high school in France through School Year Abroad. She later lived in Spain and Brazil, where she learned Spanish and Portuguese.


Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Trinity College, CT; a master’s degree in applied linguistics from Boston University, MA; a master’s degree in educational administration from Harvard University, MA; and a master’s degree in independent school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY.

Personal Mission Statement

To cherish my work and to support and empower educators such that they cherish theirs.

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