Future of Contemplation in Higher Ed Series w/ Jason Jones



Future of Contemplation in Higher Ed Series w/ Jason Jones


Mon., May 5 2014 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM


Nau Hall Room 341

In this 4 part speaker-series, Contemplative Sciences Center will be bringing together various contemplative advocates to discuss their vision of the future of contemplation in Higher Education with a focus on learning, and how Universities could be incubators for new approaches to classrooms across disciplines, residential experience, advising, and the like.  Each talk will be approximately 40 minutes and there will be time for questions afterwards.

This first talk on Monday, May 5 at 1:30pm in Nau Hall room 342 will feature University of Virginia's Jason Jones of the Curry School. 

Jason has enjoyed working in higher education for almost sixteen years in a variety of roles. He has worked in administration and student affairs, directed a men’s mentoring program, conducted research, and co-taught higher education courses on both governance and diversity. He was introduced to contemplative traditions as a teenager, when chronic pain from a childhood injury led him to begin a regular yoga practice. He holds a Masters of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University, and an MA in Religious Studies with a thesis on Buddhism in America from the University of Virginia. He is currently a PhD candidate in higher education at the Curry School of Education where he is writing a dissertation on the conceptual and practical components of liberal education.

This talk will focus on the ways in which integrating contemplative practice can help address the growing anxiety about the future of higher education. These practices, backed by an emerging body of humanities and scientific research, offer schools like UVA a data-driven means to engage their mission commitments while addressing contemporary calls for accountability. Jason advocates for the education of the whole person, a shared component of both contemplative practice and liberal education. He focuses on the idea that a confluence of these two traditions promotes lifelong success not only for students, but also for faculty and staff.

Jason continues to incorporate contemplative practices into his life every day through running, meditation, and yoga. He and his partner live in Charlottesville with their daughter and two dogs.