Author: Paige Welsh

Paige Welsh is a dual English MA and MFA candidate at Chapman University.

I have been questioning how much of my mental disability I should disclose to my students. I had been warned about performing excess emotional labor as a female instructor, but remote instruction throughout the pandemic already blurred the boundaries between home and school, personal and professional. My students were sharing their pandemic grief in their compositions. Would it be unprofessional to share some of my own?  In my faculty manual, “professional” is never defined, but it appears to describe my responsibilities on the clock: be punctual, be communicative, and be ethical. If a student shares their personal difficulties, I am…

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