6th Annual ACMHE Conference

The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) has convened conferences annually since 2009. These gatherings explore the many ways that contemplative practices support teaching, learning, and knowing in higher education.

Intention, Method, and Evaluation

6th Annual Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education:

Intention, Method, and Evaluation

October 10-12, 2014
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
$332 – $485 (ACMHE members pay a lower rate)

Thank you for a wonderful conference!
Learn more at ACMHEconference.org.

Faculty, staff, and administrators throughout higher education are employing contemplative practices for many reasons. These include sharpening attention; creating environments that enhance the well-being of all; addressing inclusion and access for all in support of the vibrant diversity of our institutions; deepening engagement and learning of subject matter; reflecting on and supporting meaning-making; considering the wider impacts of our actions; and ultimately supporting the development of a more just and compassionate society. Given the breadth and depth of these many intentions, the types of practices used are extremely diverse, and their assessment needs to be approached with great sensitivity. Assessment of practices designed to develop attention, for example, will be different from assessment of those practices designed to increase conceptual understanding or develop compassion and creativity.

This conference seeks to investigate the relationship between the intentions of contemplative methods and their effectiveness. How might the development and evaluation of these methods be guided by what has been discovered about the many ways we learn, the creation of meaning, and the development of meaningful assessment? How might contemplative practices inform new ways of evaluating effectiveness?

Presentations at the 2014 ACMHE Conference will examine many topics relating to contemplative inquiry in higher education, but will emphasize investigations of intention, method, and evaluation. We will also explore the relationship between contemplative education and other approaches that share an emphasis on awareness, experience, inquiry, and transformation (e.g., holistic education, transformative education, feminist pedagogy, critical race theory), as well as the results of evidence-based studies throughout higher education that can challenge and deepen the use of contemplative practices inside and outside the classroom.


Keynote Address by Peter Felten

Peter FeltenPeter Felten is the Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and Associate Professor of History at Elon University.

As a teacher, he aims to help students think critically and write clearly about the connections between the lives of individual people and larger themes in history. As a scholar, he has published widely on the scholarship of teaching and learning, including most recently the co-authored books Transforming Students: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) and Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching: A Guide for Faculty (Jossey-Bass, 2014).


Networking and Connecting at the Conference

ACMHE conferences are more than an opportunity to present relevant work and gain insights into current contemplative pedagogy methods and practices–they provide a space for higher education professionals from different regions, disciplines, and offices to meet and connect with one another.

In order to foster these connections, we have introduced Home Groups as a feature of the 2014 ACMHE Conference. On Friday night, at the start of the conference, participants will have the opportunity to meet in a small group arranged by geographic region and talk about their backgrounds, interests, and plans for the conference. Specific times throughout the conference will be designated for Home Groups to reconvene and discuss what they’ve learned and experienced during Parallel Sessions and other conference sessions. We hope that this structure will provide participants with a sense of continuity and connection as they move through the weekend, and also with a means of continuing their connections when they return home.

In addition to the Home Groups, the conference aims to nurture a supportive and lively environment for exchanging ideas through interactive presentations, thematic paper presentations, experiential contemplative practice sessions, panel and plenary presentations, and open, unstructured time for conversation.


JOCI Issue 1

Presenters and participants are invited to submit related papers to The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry (ISSN: 2333-7281), which will dedicate a future issue to the topics of intention, evidence, and evaluation.

Learn more about the 2014 conference at ACMHEconference.org

2014 ACMHE Conference

Seattle skyline photo by Ryan Carver.


Past Conference Programs


2013 ACMHE Conference Program

2013 Conference:
Integrity of Practice: A Contemplative Vision for Higher Education (.pdf)


2012 Conference:
Contemplative Approaches in the Diverse Academic Community: Inquiry, Connection, Creativity, and Insight (.pdf)


2011 Conference Program

2011 Conference:
The Contemplative Campus (.pdf)


2010 Conference Program

2010 Conference:
The Contemplative Academy (.pdf)


2009 Conference Program

2009 Conference:
The Contemplative Heart of Higher Education (.pdf)


2012 ACMHE Conference Keynote

Contemplating Race, Law, and Justice: Some Notes on Pedagogy for Changing the World

Rhonda V. Magee, Chair of the Board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of San Francisco