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.
Campus Mindfulness Resources
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
- "Leading a Centering Breath," by Sarah Berquist (UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture)
- “How to Meditate FAQ: A Definitive Guide for a Gratifying Practice,” by Tara Brach
- “Contemplative Exercises,” by Hal Roth and Tori Smith, Brown University
- "Contemplative Practices for Anti-Oppression Pedagogy," collected by Beth Berila, St. Cloud State University
- “Fostering Attention,” by Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching (video)
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.
Katja Hahn D'Errico at a Contemplative Pedogogy Working Group Meeting.
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.
- Contemplative Learning & Inquiry Across Disciplines, by Olen Gunnlaugson, Edward W. Sarath, and Charles Scott
- Contemplative Practices in Higher Education, by Daniel Barbezat and Mirabai Bush
- Contemplative Studies in Higher Education: New Directions for Teaching and Learning, by Linda Sanders
- The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal, by Parker J. Palmer, Arthur Zajonc, and Megan Scribner
- Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies, by Judith Simmer-Brown and Fran Grace
- Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love, by Arthur Zajonc
- Teaching Mindfulness: a Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators, by Donald McCown, Diane Reibel, and Marc S. Micozzi
- 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.
- The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry
- Religious Studies News (The June 2019 issue has a spotlight on teaching, with articles on topics ranging from contemplative reading to technology to critical thinking to not using contemplation in the classroom)
- "Toward the Integration of Meditation in Higher Education: A Review of Research," Shauna L. Shapiro, Kirk Warren Brown, John A. Astin, Center for the Contemplative Mind in Society
- “Bringing Mindfulness into Higher Education,” by Richard S. Ellis (UMass Amherst Professor of Mathematics and Adjunct Professor of Judaic Studies)
- “Contemplative Education: a Systematic, Evidence-based Review of the Effect of Meditation Interventions in Schools,” by Lea Waters et al. Educational Psychology Review, 103-134
- “Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: the Hard Task of Not Doing,” by Robert Chmielewski.
- “The Mindful PhD,” Nancy Chick
- “Reason in the Service of the Heart: The Impacts of Contemplative Practices on Critical Thinking,” by David Sable, The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, 1(1), 1-22
Teaching Centers with CP Resources/Programming
- Montclair State University, Research Academy for University Learning
- University of Arizona, Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry and the Office of Instruction and Assessment, Contemplative Pedagogy: A Faculty/Professional Learning Community
- University of Southern California, Center for Excellence in Teaching
- Brown University, Sheridan Center
- University of Virginia, Teaching Resource Center
- Vanderbilt University, Center for Teaching
- Wake Forest University, The Teaching and Learning Center
- Yale University, Teaching Center
Higher Education Meditation Resources
- UMass Religious and Spiritual Life Meditation Group
- UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
- Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
For more information, contact Brian Baldi.