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Higher education faculty stress was already high before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that stress was exacerbated during the first year of the acute health crisis. The early phase of the pandemic also impacted the budgets of higher education institutions, causing leadership to release messages to their faculty and staff indicating significant budget cuts. This quantitative study examines the perceived stress and concerns among full-time and part-time faculty members during this period. Results indicate that perceived stress increased throughout the first twelve months of the pandemic while their concerns related to their personal and professional lives decreased. Higher education executive leadership would be wise to address these concerns and adjust their approach to addressing an acute health crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic in the future.
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