Contemplative Pedagogy

CTL supports the integration of contemplative pedagogy (CP) into course design and teaching through:

  • Individual consultations
  • A Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group
  • Occasional events for instructors
  • Online resources

Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

The UMass Amherst Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group (CPWG), comprised of instructors at all career stages across the disciplines, meets monthly during the academic year to share resources, discuss CP readings, and compile best practices in CP course design and teaching. Approximately 70 people from across campus participate in the group per year, and over 140 are on the mailing list. To join the CPWG mailing list, contact Brian Baldi.

In Fall 2020, the CPWG meets on the following dates:

  • Friday, September 11, 10-11:30AM, Setting Intentions (Facilitators: Brian Baldi, CTL; Lena Fletcher, Environmental Conservation) 
  • Friday, September 25, 10-11:30 AM, Remote and Large Class Contemplative Work (Facilitators: Lena Fletcher, Environmental Conservation; Sarah Berquist, Stockbridge School of Agriculture) 
  • Friday, October 16, 10-11:30 AM, Equanimity as Grounding (Facilitators: Katja Hahn D'Errico, CESL; Terrell James, Anthropology; Brian Baldi, CTL) 
  • Friday, November 6, 10-11:30 AM, Racial Justice and Contemplative Practice (Facilitators: Jennifer Cannon, College of Education; KC Nat Turner, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies)
  • Friday, December 4, 10-11:30 AM, Here We Are (Facilitators: Brian Baldi, CTL; Lena Fletcher, Environmental Conservation) 

All meetings for Fall 2020 will be held on Zoom. For the link, contact Brian Baldi.

Past (2016-2019) Working Group Presentations

Campus Mindfulness Resources

Student Life maintains a list of mindfulness opportunities on campus, including apps, classes, and resources. They also have a listing of all the contemplative spaces on campus.

UMass Courses Featuring Contemplative Pedagogy

A growing number of classes at UMass Amherst are taught using contemplative pedagogy. For the most recent list, see our course page.

UMass Library CP Subject Guide

The UMass Library Subject Guide for Contemplative Pedagogy provides information such as:

  • A list of local community resources
  • Films that employ contemplation
  • Research databases.

CP Syllabus Database

Classroom Exercises

Silent Retreat Opportunity

In partnership with UMass Amherst, the The Vipassana Meditation Center (VMC) of Shelburne, MA is reserving ten spaces in their 10-day residential, silent meditation courses for UMass Amherst/5-College faculty, staff or students to support their personal and professional growth. For more information, see our VMC silent retreat opportunity page.

Participant at Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group meeting

Katja Hahn D'Errico at a Contemplative Pedogogy Working Group Meeting.

Mindful Sabbaticals

In Spring 2020, the CTL participated in a panel discussion on "Mindful Sabbaticals" led by the Office of Faculty Development. The CTL handout for the event lists the benefits of having a mindful sabbatical and local resources for mindfulness programs.

Books

Webinars

  • The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society maintains an archive of webinars on contemplative pedagogy, with focus on social justice, legal education as multicultural inquiry, the neuroscience of somatic attention, contemplative pedagogies and geosciences, the science of meditation, and more.

Journals

Articles/Blogs/Papers

Teaching Centers with CP Resources/Programming

Research

Higher Education Meditation Resources

For more information, contact Brian Baldi.