Professor Destressor eNews
Combining productive work lives and balanced personal lives
Spring 2007

Our goal is to bring you news, insights, and information about leading a balanced and productive life while making a difference.

In this issue, you'll find:

  1. Preventing the Midsummer Blues
  2. Professor Destressor coaching
  3. Up and coming workshops

1. Preventing the Midsummer Blues

Schools in, schools out, teacher let the monkeys out.

That old children’s rhyme reminds us that we look forward to the end of the school year as much as our students. Summer offers such promise: time with the family, travel to interesting places, teaching a favorite course, a chance to regroup from the stress of the academic year, and uninterrupted research time.

About midsummer the depression sinks in. The promises are not being fulfilled. We wanted so much out of those three months. It turns out the three months are shorter than we think. The academic year intrudes into the beginning of the summer with filing class records and notes, writing the annual report of activities to be turned in to the dean or department chair. Then the end of the summer gets truncated by back-to-school faculty advising, freshman orientation, faculty development workshops, course preparation, etc. Add to those tasks the need to connect to the long neglected areas of one’s personal life like chaotic closets and visits to the parents and the wished for luxury of time has shrunk to six weeks. Not much time to catch up on the best sellers’ list.

Making the Most of Summer

Is it any wonder that the heart of the midsummer blues is the sensation that time is running out? As the spring transitions to summer, this is the time to plan how you want to spend this time. What kind of work-life balance will help you get the most out of your summer months? Here are some suggestions to prevent the trap of either working so hard that you enter the next school year burned out or guilty and depressed about not accomplishing enough.


Have a productive and balanced summer and better work-life balance across the whole year.

Susan Robison

2. Professor Destressor Workshops and Coaching

About the publisher: Susan Robison, Ph.D. is a psychologist and an independent educator. She is professor of psychology at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and offers services as a professional coach, speaker, author and seminar leader. She loves to coach professionals who want improvement in: If you are feeling stuck on the way to your ideal life, give Susan a call for a complementary half-hour coaching session.

Susan provides keynotes and seminars to colleges, universities and professional organizations on the topics of:

She offers her audiences a follow-up coaching session because she knows that workshops don’t work… unless the participants apply their learnings.

Contact Susan for your coaching, speaking, or seminar needs at or at 410-465-5892.

3. Up and coming workshops

I am currently accepting speaking invitations work-life balance workshops for 2008. Contact me if your group needs a speaker on any of the topics listed above.

Title: “Leadership Skills for Academic Leaders”
Date: October 8, 2007
Place: Johns Hopkins University

Title: “Staying Sane in Insane Places: Managing Diverse Faculty Responsibilities with Clarity, Balance and Ease.”
Date: November 9, 2007
Place: Eastern Illinois University

Title: “Living Purposely in a Distracting World: A Blueprint for Work-Life Balance for Busy Professionals”
Date: November 16, 2007
Place: Lilly International

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