Faculty Resources



Faculty Resources


In addition to our research and student programming initiatives, the Contemplative Sciences Center offers retreats, workshops, learning communities, and consultations for faculty interested in learning more about contemplative teaching and learning at UVA and beyond. 

View our Contemplative Course Design Video Series

View the complete series here.

This series of eight short videos produced by CSC's Associate Director of Pedagogy and Faculty Engagement, Karolyn Kinane, introduces contemplative pedagogy and offers college instructors the basic vocabulary and skills to begin to engage in teaching as a contemplative practice. With special attention to the approach's role in backward design, the instruction offers specific examples from online learning environments in higher education.  
The videos also address the relationship between course design best practices and contemplative values including  presence, awareness, and reflection. The series offers exercises which identify the beliefs, habits, and intentions that undergird instructors’ teaching philosophies and practices. Videos offer guidance on developing strategies to design learning experiences in line with one’s most pressing goals for student-learning.

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Contemplative Practice Faculty Community

  • Meets weekly for 15 minutes of contemplative practice, including mindfulness, gentle movement, and observational practices. We hold occasional half- and full-day retreats and in-depth practice sessions. We ask you to commit to attending this session twice a month. This community is open to all UVA instructors whether new to contemplation, a seasoned practitioner, or anywhere in between. Past CSC Learning Community members are welcome! 

    For more information, email us (Please use the following subject line: Contemplative Practice Faculty Community)
Teaching & Learning Faculty Community 
  • Meets once a month to discuss the theories and practices of contemplative teaching and learning, share ideas, hear from seasoned practitioners, and help one another explore questions and concerns that arise on this journey. Focus is on contemplative teaching and learning in service of student flourishing.

    For more information, email us (Please use the following subject line: Teaching & Learning Faculty Community)

Research & Scholarship Faculty Community

  • Meets once a month to set our individual or collective research project goals, read and discuss core studies in the field, and read/comment upon each other’s drafts for conference presentation and/or publication.

    For more information, email us (Please use the following subject line: Research & Scholarship Faculty Community)
Contemplative Institute
  • Multi-day Institute for faculty interested in teaching as a contemplative practice. Includes course design elements for adopting contemplative pedagogy and ideas for bringing contemplative approaches to research and scholarship. Hosted in partnership with the Center for Teaching Excellence's Course Design Institute in Summer 2021.

    For more information, email us (Please use the following subject line: Contemplative Institute)
  • You're invited to meet one-on-one with one of our seasoned staff to consider ways to bring contemplative approaches into your teaching, scholarship, or personal life. Format varies depending on faculty need.

    For more information, email us at (Please use the following subject line: Consultation)

To stay up-to-date on our workshops and classes, you may subscribe to CSC's e-newsletter here.
Past Workshops 
Past Retreats