The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry

The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry

Daniel Barbezat, General Editor
Professor of Economics, Amherst College

Carrie Bergman, Editorial Assistant
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

2014 Editorial Board

Dorothe Bach
Associate Professor and Associate Director, Teaching Resource Center, University of Virginia

Anne Beffel
Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, Michigan Technological University

Michelle Francl
Professor of Chemistry, Bryn Mawr College

Alfred Kaszniak
Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neurology, University of Arizona

David Levy
Professor, The Information School, University of Washington

Sharan Strange
Senior Lecturer, English, Spelman College

2013 Editorial Board

John Baugher
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Southern Maine

Melissa Goldthwaite
Professor of English, Saint Joseph’s University

Veta Goler
Associate Professor of Dance, Spelman College

Jill Schneiderman
Professor of Earth Science, Vassar College

The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry (ISSN: 2333-7281) is a peer-reviewed online journal published by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society for all who design, research, teach, and assess contemplative and introspective methods and practices in college and university settings.

JOCI promotes the understanding, development, and application of contemplative and introspective methods in order to serve a vision of higher education as an opportunity for cultivating personal and social awareness and an exploration of meaning, purpose and values. The development of a critical first-person perspective allows students to examine their own experience in relationship to the material they study, transforming their understanding of how their learning can affect their actions in the world.

Members of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education have quick, free access to the Journal’s contents through the ACMHE member portal. To learn more about the ACMHE and to join, please visit

Members: Read Issue No. 1   Non-Members: Subscribe Here


Questions? Please contact Carrie Bergman at or (413) 582-0071.

Introduction to the First Issue
Daniel P. Barbezat, Carrie J. Bergman


Reason in the Service of the Heart: The Impacts of Contemplative Practices on Critical Thinking
David Sable

A Contemplative Approach to Teaching Observation Skills
Peter G. Grossenbacher, Alexander J. Rossi

Responding to the Challenges of a Contemplative Curriculum
Charles Burack

Contemplating the Effects of Oppression: Integrating Mindfulness into Diversity Classrooms
Beth Berila

Mindfulness & Bodyfulness: A New Paradigm
Christine Caldwell

Secular Ethics, Embodied Cognitive Logics, and Education
Brendan R. Ozawa-de Silva


A Pedagogical Heartbeat: The Integration of Critical and Contemplative Pedagogies for Transformative Education
Juan D. Mah y Busch

Honor the Negative Space
Renée A. Hill

Meditations on Contemplative Pedagogy as Sanctuary
Jackie Seidel

Members of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education have quick, free access to the Journal’s contents through the ACMHE member portal. To learn more about the ACMHE and to join, please visit

Read Issue No. 1

Members may also request a free subscription through the regular JOCI website. To subscribe, you must first be registered and logged in to the site. Proceed through the subscription process and select the “ACMHE Member Subscription” option; simply ignore the instructions to submit a payment. We will confirm your ACMHE membership, waive the payment requirement, and activate your subscription as soon as possible, generally within three business days. Learn more about subscriptions.

Non-member and institutional subscriptions are available through the JOCI website. Individual subscriptions for non-members are $45.00 per year. Institutional subscriptions are $90.00 per year. Individual articles are also available for purchase for $8.00 each. All subscriptions are for a 365 day term, and JOCI is scheduled to publish two issues per calendar year. Learn more about subscriptions. Subscribe to JOCI

Call for Submissions

We invite authors from any discipline, department, or office in academe to submit original, unpublished writing on any aspect of contemplative practices and perspectives in higher education.


  • All submissions must be original works not previously published and not currently under review by other publications.
  • Papers should be suitable for a broad, interdisciplinary audience.
  • The submission fee is $50.00. Current members of the ACMHE will have the submission fee waived. There are no other fees assessed for publication.
  • JOCI operates a blind peer review process during which the identities of the author and the reviewers are concealed. Please be sure to remove your name (and the names of any co-authors) from your manuscript text and your file properties.
  • The suggested word count is 3000-7500 words per article.
  • Follow our Author Guidelines for more detailed information on document formatting, punctuation, quotations, etc.
  • Please use APA format for your citations. All submissions must include references.

To be considered for publication in our second issue, submissions must be received by July 1, 2014. Submissions received after July 1 will be considered for future issues.



  1. Register with the journal. During registration, you must select the option to enroll as an author. If you are already registered but have not enrolled as an author, you must edit your profile and select this option before beginning the submission process.
  2. Once you are enrolled as an author and logged in, you may begin the five-step submission process here.

Submit Your Manuscript