Karen Head, associate professor and associate chair in the School of Literature, Media and Communication, contributed to the resource "Coping With Coronavirus: How faculty members can support students in traumatic times" in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
In her contributed essay, Head advocates for the prioritization of empathy and understanding in faculty members' teaching plans in the time of coronavirus, as the disease can have wide-ranging consequences that affect every part of a student's life.
The accompanying sense of insecurity should be a focus of course redevelopment as we move to remote delivery, because we need first to focus on the human part of this experience. Students may not have access. They may be distracted by sick relatives. They may be forced to work to help their families financially. They may have to look after younger siblings. They may not have a safe place to live off campus. They may be ill themselves.