"How Do I Deal with Burnout?"


  • Richard Newton University of Alabama




burnout, bureaucracy, professionalism, time management, alignment, teaching, research, service, tenure


In this edition of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion’s advice column, Sage D’Vice answers helps readers deal with burnout. The piece emphasizes scholars’ need to understand their situatedness within a variety of settings and the ways they can use their skills effectively to negotiate the demands of those settings. Sage D’Vice offers practical tips to help scholars build upon their strengths, manage service expectations, and maximize their productivity.

Author Biography

Richard Newton, University of Alabama

Richard Newton received his PhD in Critical Comparative Scriptures from Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Newton’s areas of interest include theory and method in the study of religion, African American history, the New Testament in Western imagination, American cultural politics, and pedagogy in religious studies. His research explores how people create “scriptures” and how those productions operate in the formation of identities and cultural boundaries. He has published an array of journal articles, book chapters and online essays. His book, Identifying Roots: Alex Haley and the Anthropology of Scriptures (Equinox 2020), casts Alex Haley’s Roots as a case study in the dynamics of scriptures and identity politics with critical implication for the study of race, religion, and media. He is also the curator of the  multimedia professional development network, Sowing the Seed: Fruitful Conversations in Religion, Culture, and Teaching.



How to Cite

Newton, R. (2021). "How Do I Deal with Burnout?". Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 49(3-4), 42–43. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.18897



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