August 2021 Workshop

Bringing Contemplative Pedagogy to Campus through the Faculty Learning Community

A workshop with Dr. Ranjeeta Basu and Dr. Pam Redela
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
1:00 - 4:00pm EDT (UTC -4)
Registration closes an hour before the event

Sliding scale fees: $100/$75/$50 (self-selected)
ACMHE members receive a $25 discount: Join here
Access grants available to cover $25 (apply here)

The 21st century college student is facing unique challenges and contemplative pedagogy provides an opportunity to deepen connection to course material and relationship to peers. Faculty who are experienced in mindfulness are a highly valuable resource to both their colleagues and their students. Creating opportunities for faculty to support one another in enhancing learning outcomes and connection with and between students is a key component in engaging with contemplative practices.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the effectiveness of Faculty Learning Communities in bringing contemplative practices to the university classroom. We will discuss the value of implementing contemplative pedagogy into higher ed curriculum and introduce participants to practices that can be used in classrooms of all types. Participants will try out these practices and discuss ways to develop and implement a plan for systematically using and assessing their effectiveness.

Workshop Takeaways: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how contemplative pedagogy can enhance solidarity and learning within the classroom.
  2. Highlight the value of Faculty Learning Communities as brave spaces to explore innovative teaching and learning techniques.
  3. Communicate the importance of mindfulness in developing a social justice-minded perspective across campus.
  4. Understand the role of introspection in maintaining positive engagement in all aspects of learning and interactions across academic disciplines.
  5. Provide tools to integrate contemplative practices into pedagogy to enhance learning.
Ranjeeta Basu

Dr. Ranjeeta Basu is a Professor of Economics and serves as the Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Inclusive Excellence and California State University, San Marcos. She is the founder of Mindful CSUSM and leader in bringing contemplative practices to campus.

Pam Redela

Pam Redela, PhD teaches Women's Studies and is a lead Facilitator of the Mindful CSUSM Planning Group at California State University, San Marcos. Her work centers the value of mindfulness in fostering deep engagement with social-justice themes in the classroom and across campus.

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