PhD+ Foundations 1: Values and Your PhD/Postdoctoral Journey



PhD+ Foundations 1: Values and Your PhD/Postdoctoral Journey


Mon., Feb 8 2021 - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM



Open to doctoral and postdoctoral students

Many of you are just getting started with your PhD programs or Postdoctoral training at UVA. While it is easy to feel the weight of your checklists, your to-dos, your calendars, it is also critical for us to pause and reflect on what is explicitly and implicitly driving our decisions. What are values exactly? What are your values? How are your values connected to your PhD/Postdoctoral work, your professional and career development, and your personal life?
This is the first session of PhD Plus Foundations Series in Spring 2021. Join us for a discussion on values as the series offers guidance on common areas related to your mentality, well-being, productivity, and professional preparation. In this session, we will discuss the definitions of values, take a values assessment, and brainstorm ways that allow us to live our lives more intentionally based on our values. We will also get to know each other from different academic/professional backgrounds, creating a learning community for the semester, share and exchange thoughts through small breakout room and general discussions, and lay out the topics for the rest of the semester.
Gain more understanding of what values mean to you and which values stand out to you Understand how values play a role in individual life as well as your subsequent graduate training, professional development, and career decision-making Discuss intentions and transformations: what happens when values align or shift.

Karolyn Kinane, Ph.D., is Associate Director of Pedagogy and Faculty Engagement at the Contemplative Sciences Center. Karolyn works one-on-one and in small groups with faculty across grounds to develop and enhance contemplative approaches to teaching and learning. She facilitates workshops and retreats, designs curriculum, and directs the pedagogy database for the Contemplative University.

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You may find information about a second workshop, PhD+ Foundations 2: Contemplative Inquiry, Pedagogy and Practice, offered Feb 15 here.
Contact: Yi Hao,