CTFD and CESL Awarded Grant for Contemplative Pedagogy

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) and Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (CESL) have been awarded a $5,000 Contemplative Pedagogy and Teaching and Learning Center Grant from the Center for Contemplative Mind. The grant is intended to support the use of contemplative practices in course design and teaching.

“Building contemplative practice into a course offers a powerful tool to engage students more holistically in learning,” says John Reiff, director of CESL and the grant principal investigator. “Contemplative approaches can reveal the possibility of truly transformative, deep learning, where focus shifts from getting to being. We are delighted to have this support for the faculty development programs we do through CESL and CTFD.”

As part of the grant, the CTFD and CESL will send a cohort of five faculty to the Center for Contemplative Mind’s intensive summer session on contemplative pedagogy; embed contemplative practices into the CESL faculty fellows program; train CTFD instructional consultants on the current research and core competencies of contemplative pedagogy, offer a mindfulness pedagogy workshop for graduate teaching assistants, and build resources for faculty to integrate contemplative teaching strategies into their classes.