TEFD supports the integration of contemplative pedagogy (CP) into course design and teaching through:
- Individual consultations
- A Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group
- Occasional events for instructors.
A wide variety of resources support contemplative pedagogy.
UMass Amherst CP Working Group
The Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group, 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.
To join the CP Working Group mailing list, contact Brian Baldi
In Fall 2018, the CP Working Group meets on the following dates:
- Friday, September 14, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, "Welcome to the CPWG; Intro to Contemplative Pedagogy; Setting Intentions"
- Friday, September 28, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, "From the Griot to Hip Hop: Oral Tradition as Critical Liberatory Praxis in Islamic Black America" (Amer Ahmed, TEFD)
- Friday, October 26, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, "'Culture Keepers': Dynamic Mindfulness & Social Justice Practices in K-12 Public Schools and Higher Education" (Kofi-Charu Nat Turner, Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies)
- Friday, November 30, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, "Relationality, Respect, Reverence, Reciprocity, Relevance: Bringing the 5 Indigenous Rs into a Contemplative Classroom (even in Large Lecture Courses)" (Sonya Atalay, Anthropology)
- Friday, December 14, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, "Final Meeting of the Fall Semester; Contemplative Reflections"
Katja Hahn D'Errico at a Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group meeting
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.
UMass Courses Using Contemplative Pedagogy
- NRC 100: Environment and Society, “The (Slow) Incorporation of Contemplative Practices into My Courses,” Lena Fletcher, Environmental Conservation
- STOCKCH100: Botany for Gardeners, “Contemplative Practice in Sustainable Food and Farming,” Sarah Berquist, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
- Honors 201: Ideas that Change the World: Our Experiments with Truth, Nicole Nemec, Commonwealth Honors College
- Mindfulness, Meditation, and Leadership Development Training, Shalini Bahl and Kevin Harrington
- SocBehav 391P-01: Peer Advising Seminar, Timothy Beaucage, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- SRVCLRNG 192: Self-Awareness, Contemplation and Social Justice, Katja Hahn D'Errico, Service Learning
- FFYS197 History: Nature Writing, David Glassberg, History
- FFYS2-01 "The Literature of Food," Brian Baldi, TEFD
- FFYS191TEF2 "Paticular Potency: Contemporary Short Fiction," Brian Baldi, TEFD
CP Syllabus Database
- “How to Meditate FAQ: A Definitive Guide for a Gratifying Practice,” by Tara Brach
- Contemplative Practices for Anti-Oppression Pedagogy, collected by Beth Berila, St. Cloud State University
- “Practical Strategies for Deep Reflection,” by Iddo Oberski, Queen Margaret University
- “Contemplative Exercises,” by Hal Roth and Tori Smith, Brown University
- “Fostering Attention,” by Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching (video)
- 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.
- “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
- Brown University, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning
- 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
- 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