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Faculty Opportunities to Learn

We will be offering workshops for interested faculty and staff: one focused on pedagogy and one focused on a special topic relevant to both faculty and staff (such as mindful advising, mindful leadership, and mindfulness in the workplace).

Contemplative Conversations

Interested in learning more about mindfulness from multiple perspectives? Join faculty and staff for Mindful UNCW’s Contemplative Conversations to explore the work of engaging authors who connect mindfulness to topics such as pedagogy, communication, diversity, and social justice. Contemplative practice is characterized by awareness and connection, and we hope to live out this practice through deep listening and dialogue. We will post about our fall 2021 contemplative conversations in August.

Pedagogy with Presence

These workshops and talks explore ways to bring mindfulness and other contemplative practices into our teaching. In the spring of 2021, we discussed mindfulness-based pedagogy based on “Enhancing Learning Through Contemplative Pedagogy” (16 pages) which is the third chapter in “Mindful Teaching and Learning” (available electronically through Randall Library) edited by Karen Ragoonaden. We also had a workshop with Dr. Karen Ragoonaden (see below). We will post about our 2021-2022 pedagogy with presence workshops in August.

From Vanderbilt University: "Mindfulness in the classroom, sometimes called 'contemplative pedagogy,' involves teaching methods designed to cultivate deepened awareness, concentration, and insight." Read More

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Mindful Teaching and Learning: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Practice

Monday, April 12

Dr. Karen Ragoonaden discusses how mindfulness practices can provide pathways to engage in responsive and responsible dialogues about equity, diversity and inclusion. Developing an open and calm receptivity along with a realistic attitude about long-held opinions and assumptions about the self and others can create supportive and non-reactive environments where unlearning and re-learning can occur. Dr. Karen Ragoonaden is a professor in the Faculty of Education of the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus. She is the author of Mindful Teaching and Learning: Developing a Pedagogy of Well-Being (available through Randall Library) and Mindful and Relational Approaches to Social Justice, Equity and Diversity in Teacher Education (available through Randall Library). 

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Student Opportunities to Learn

There are many opportunities to learn about mindfulness practice as a student:

Thes following courses incorporate mindfulness into their instruction. Check SeaNet for availability.

  • Contemplative Cornerstone Learning Community
  • Asian Religions (PAR 232)
  • Buddhism (PAR 371)
  • Social Work
    • "Mindfulness: Implications for Personal Wellbeing and Professional Practice" (SWK 425/525)
    • Selected sections of other social work courses (SWK320, SWK 500, SWKL500, SWK496/SWK497)
  • The Art of Mindful Living (HON 120)
  • Happiness Advantage (HON 120)
  • Happiness Emphasis (HON 121)

Opportunities to Practice Mindfulness