Faith in a Seed: Strategies for Nurturing and Embedding Contemplative Approaches on our Campuses

An ACMHE Contemplative Education webinar with
Juliet Trail, PhD
Director of Education for the University of Virginia Contemplative Sciences Center

Originally broadcast on Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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In this webinar, we will walk through ways in which we can cultivate Contemplative Approaches (CA) across the various mission areas of higher education – including academics, the co-curricular domain (including student life, student health, and faculty/staff life), research, service, and patient care. Different institutions will have some or all of these mission areas and will also prioritize them quite differently.

In order to consider an inclusive view of how we might help to germinate and sustainably embed CA in our home institutions, this presentation will walk through each mission area to consider questions such as:

  • How do we leverage the passions and interests of individual faculty and/or staff members to impact our institutions in positive ways?
  • How can we make curricular and co-curricular efforts complementary?
  • How can Faculty Learning Community approaches be helpful?
  • What types of resources might individuals and groups call upon to nurture growth of CA at their institutions?
  • Where might we strategically focus our energies in resource-scarce environments?
  • What rationales and data can we use to help bring institution and unit leaders on board to support this work?
  • What are the trends in research and patient care that lend further support to this movement?

“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed… Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.”
– Henry David Thoreau

About the Presenter

Juliet Trail, PhD, is Director of Education for the University of Virginia Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC). Launched in 2012 by Founding and Executive Director David Germano with just a single full-time administrator, the CSC has grown in just seven years to employ 30 full-time and dozens of part-time faculty, staff, and student interns. Juliet joined CSC in 2016 and has helped manage the curricular, co-curricular, faculty development, and higher education research and assessment efforts of the center. She has taught contemplative undergraduate courses including Mindfulness & Compassion: Towards Living Fully Personally & Professionally and the Art & Science of Human Flourishing and facilitated a year-long Contemplative Faculty Learning Community for a cohort of 17 colleagues from across disciplines and schools of the university. She will share insights and strategies that have been effective at UVA along with others gleaned from colleagues at other institutions including public and private four-year colleges as well as community colleges.


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