Working with Struggling Students


The Working with Struggling Students workshop was one of four programs that the Bruce K. Nelson Faculty Development Center hosted to help prepare EMU faculty for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. Through this programming, we intended to give attendees the tools to maximize success in the coming semester and to navigate the "new normal" to the best of their ability. For more information about our other programs for the month of August 2022, please visit the links below.

Syllabus Trading Zone

Returning to Teaching: Lessons Learned while Naviating the New Normal

How to Make the Most of the First Day of Class


All of us - faculty, staff, and students - have been through a challenging last two-and-a-half years.  From a faculty standpoint, when our students struggle, they often turn to us for support.  This can leave the faculty unsure of how best to help their students; listening to and responding to these struggles can also exacerbate the wellness challenges faculty themselves are experiencing.  This workshop will address issues such as how to recognize mental health crises in students, what resources are available toward which we can steer students, how to deal with situations when student share things that concern us (i.e., suicidal ideation, severe anxiety), and other similar issues


Perry Francis, Professor of Counseling and Coordinator of the Counseling Training Clinic 

Jillian Graves, Associate Professor of Social Work

Sean Woolf, Associate Director, Office of Wellness and Community Responsibility



faculty member helping student

If interested in learning more about Working with Struggling Students, please click the button below to view a recording of the session.

Click here to view the Working with Struggling Students Workshop recording

We are excited to have ran programming such as this one to help prepare EMU faculty for the 2022-23 school year.

To learn about more programming that we offered in August 2022, please visit our Events page