Karolyn Kinane



Karolyn Kinane

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.

Previously, Karolyn served as professor and chair of the English Department at Plymouth State University (PSU), New Hampshire, where she researched and taught Medieval Studies, English literature, mysticism, and contemplative reading and writing. Over her thirteen years at PSU, Karolyn served as founding co-director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, director of the Medieval and Renaissance Forum, and founding director of Contemplative Communities, a cross- campus initiative that helps students, faculty, staff, and community members explore and develop agency, resilience, purpose, and mindfulness.

A native New Yorker, Karolyn loves good food, hiking, dancing, poetry, and drumming. 

Visit CSC's Faculty Engagement page.

Recent blog for the UVA Office of Engagement and Lifetime Learning, Thoughts From the Lawn, Contemplative Pause: Tool for Engagement.

Selected relevant publications:

“Critical, Creative, Contemplative,” Religious Studies News Spotlight on Teaching, June 18, 2019.
“The Place of Practice in Contemplative Pedagogy and Writing.”
Contemplative Writing Across the Disciplines special issue of
Across the Disciplines vol. 16 no. 1, March 31, 2019, pp. 6-15.
“The Issue of Relevancy: Contemplative, subjective, affective,”
Creating the Pre-Modern in the Post Modern Classroom. Eds.
Carole Levin and Anna Bertolet. Arizona Center for Medieval and
Renaissance Studies, 2018, pp. 193-214. 
“Introduction: New Age and Neopagan Medievalisms,”
Intuiting the Past: New Age and Neopagan Medievalisms.
Special issue of Relegere: Journal of Reception History.
3:2 (2013) pp. 225-248.
“Contemplative Pedagogy, Enchantment, and the Medieval Past,”
The Interdiscipline of Pedagogy. Ed. Mary Dockray-Miller.
Postmedieval Forum IV, October 2013.
“Arthurian Legends in General Education:
An Example of Student-Centered Pedagogy.”
Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching Vol. 20 (Fall 2013) pp. 85-104. 
“To Imitate and Inspire Awe: Enclosure and Audience in the
Katherine Group Saints’ Lives.” Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality
in History. 17.2 (Winter, 2011) pp. 32-52. 
“Sonnet: Ordinary life.” The Poetry of Yoga: A contemporary
anthology, Volume 1. Ed. HanwaH. One Common Unity, 2011.