Contemplative Institute for Teaching and Learning



Contemplative Institute for Teaching and Learning


Online via Zoom

The application period has closed.
Contemplative Institute for Teaching and Learning 
Building capacities for awareness, connection, and values-aligned education.
The Contemplative Sciences Center, in partnership with the Center for Teaching Excellence, is now accepting applications for a week-long pilot Contemplative Institute for Teaching and Learning, to be held (over Zoom) June 7-11, 2021, 10:00am-3:00pm. This Institute is open to faculty from all UVA schools, career stages, and backgrounds. It's designed to support and connect faculty who aim to embrace a more holistic approach to teaching and learning that fosters student flourishing, personal renewal, and systems change.
The Institute’s curriculum is grounded in inquiry, awareness of self, and connection to others. Through practices, discussion, and interactive exercises, participants will explore and reconnect with the values and passions that brought them to their disciplines and to teaching. Participants will develop and share concrete strategies for integrating contemplative inquiry into the design or re-design of a course or assignment to support critical thinking, foster creative expression, and deepen students’ connections with the material and one another. The Institute may also help prepare instructors to facilitate profoundly active, contemplative, and experiential learning in the class lab spaces of the Contemplative Commons, which is slated to open in 2023.
Prior experience with contemplative practice and/or pedagogy is not required but welcomed. Following the Institute participants will have the option to participate in a year-long Community of Practice during the 2020–2021 academic year.
Contact Karolyn Kinane with questions. 
Karolyn Kinane: Contemplative Sciences Center
Dorothe Bach: Center for Teaching Excellence