Faculty Engagement



Faculty Engagement

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.

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Contemplative Institute for Teaching and Learning 
Building capacities for awareness, connection, and values-aligned education

June 7-11, 2021
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 (likely over Zoom). This Institute is open to faculty from all UVA schools, career stages, and backgrounds. It's designed to connect and support faculty who want to embrace a more holistic approach to teaching and learning that fosters student flourishing, personal renewal, and systems change. Learn more and apply. (Applications due April 16)

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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.


PhD+ Foundations 1: Values and Your PhD/Postdoctoral Journey
Feb. 8, 2021, 3:30-5:00pm
For graduate and postdoctoral students

PhD+ Foundations 2: Contemplative Inquiry
Feb. 15, 2021, 3:30-5:00pm
For graduate and postdoctoral students

Contemplative Pedagogy: Cultivating Dispositions
Feb. 17, 2021, 10:00-11:00am
For graduate students
(This workshop is part of the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Tomorrow’s Professor Today program.)

Contemplative Pedagogy: Making Process Visible
Feb. 25, 2021, 11:00am-12:00pm
For graduate students
(This workshop is part of the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Tomorrow’s Professor Today program.)

Contemplative Pedagogy: Building Capacities for Awareness and Connection
March 9, 2021, 1:00-2:00pm
For graduate students

(This workshop is part of the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Tomorrow’s Professor Today program.)

What is Contemplative Pedagogy?
March 18, 2021, 3:00-4:00pm
March 19, 2021, 3:00-4:00pm
For faculty and graduate students
(This workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence.)


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)


All UVA faculty and instructors 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)


In addition to our Faculty Engagement programs focused on teaching and learning, CSC offers a number of classes and resources that support the flourishing and well-being of faculty themselves:
Contemplative Classes: Yoga, Mindfulness, and More
CSC offers an extensive schedule of free classes throughout the week on a variety of yoga styles, mindfulness meditation, T’ai Chi, and more. Learn more and register.

Virtual Meditation on the Lawn
These Brief, 7-8 minute meditation sessions are led by different instructors and inspiring UVA leaders every Monday at 7:50am ET. Learn more and register.

Insight Timer
UVA faculty have free premium access to thousands of guided meditations, courses, and other digital content from renowned contemplative experts. Follow CSC in the app to find our curated playlists. Download the app and learn more.

Tips for Beginner Meditators
These are general tips for practicing meditation. Additions or adjustments to these guidelines may apply to specific meditation practices and may be provided by individual contemplative instructors leading a particular practice. Learn more.

Read the Article: Exploring the Creative Process through Contemplation: A New Lab for Students