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UPCOMING: INAUGURAL CONTEMPLATIVE INSTITUTE
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.
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: 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.)
FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITIES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please use the following subject line: Contemplative Practice 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 email@example.com. (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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (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 email@example.com. (Please use the following subject line: Consultation)
ADDITIONAL FACULTY RESOURCES
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.
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.