Pedagogical Wellness: A New Direction in Educational Development


Mental health and well-being in higher education is currently a national topic of conversation. In response to the wellness and burnout challenges among our faculty and students, we created the Pedagogical Wellness Specialist (PWS) position at the University of California, Irvine. Designed to explore the intersection of wellness and pedagogy, the PWS is uniquely embedded in the CTL. In this article, we provide an overview of the state of well-being in higher education, offer the PWS position as an opportunity to enhance the CTL’s connection to the broader campus, reflect on the first year of implementation, and provide an example from Montana State University, Billings, that shows how pedagogical wellness can be adopted even without a formal position. We close with recommendations and lessons learned for other CTLs interested in adopting pedagogical wellness.