Rutgers English Department News

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 Update April 15, 2020 

Dear Staff, Faculty, and Students,

Things are changing all around us, and I am thinking of you and all that you are managing for yourself and others while heroically continuing to support our mission as educators.  In the coming days and weeks, we are likely to encounter greater difficulties individually and collectively.  We don't need to face those difficulties on our own, and I want to encourage you to ask for relief and support if you need it.

Staff members should keep in touch with staff and faculty supervisors.  Please reach out as circumstances change for you.  We know how hard you are working to keep our operations going and support the work we do, and we are so grateful.

All instructors -- tenure-track faculty, non-tenure-track faculty, PTLs, and graduate instructors -- should know that course and program directors are ready to help in short- and long-term ways as circumstances worsen or change for you as a result of the COVID-19 situation.  Please don't be afraid to ask for help if you become sick, need to take care of someone who becomes sick, or are in some new way affected by the crisis.  Our department has a long tradition of "closing ranks," which means that we help each other in emergencies, and we figure out ways to make necessary adjustments.  I have asked course directors and program directors to write to you in the coming days to touch base about ways we can support you and each other.

Please be aware that students may need to miss classes or may need to adjust deadlines, and please be as flexible as you can. 

To the students in our department, please don't worry about disappointing instructors or mentors at this moment.  We know that everyone is under enormous pressure, and we want to do what we can to support you. 

The university has set up a web site with information about policies adopted to help employees who have been affected by COVID-19 and there are links to resources of various kinds.  You can see that here.  But please also feel free to write to colleagues, supervisors, program administrators, faculty directors, and other department leaders. Below are a list of links of some of those resources to help you during these times.

We are here for you.

Warmest wishes for good health and equanimity,

Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of English
Rutgers University

 

For Everyone

 

Staff, faculty, and students, if you are feeling overwhelmed and need to talk with someone, please consider reaching out to the COVID-19 Psychological Services Network, which has been set up by volunteers at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers.  It is very easy to request mental health support through this network.  Someone will contact you directly.  If you yourself have mental health training, they are also looking for additional volunteers.

 

For Students

 

For Instructors

 

All Employees