Center for Faculty Innovation

Contemplative Practices for Self-Care (Faculty Community)

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: Rose Library room 5211

This Faculty Community is offered on Wednesdays (12:00 PM-1:00 PM) through 4/24. Register for any dates this semester using the link below.

How do educators and faculty leaders take care of their inner life during the hustle and bustle of the academic year?  Join a community who engage in self-care through exploring contemplative practices.  Mindfulness meditation/quiet centering practice, walking meditation, metta (loving kindness) meditation, and compassionate listening will be explored. Research on contemplative practices suggest that they can help to foster focus, self-regulation, insight, empathy, and an interpersonal connection to others (APA article, Psychology Today article). 

Explore contemplative practices and discuss your experiences in a community of peers at this weekly opportunity.  In addition, participants will discuss how contemplative practices apply to other aspects of their teaching, scholarship, career, and to work-life integration.   

Note:  Drop-in participation is welcome.  Weekly participation is encouraged.  Regular participants will be invited and encouraged to co-lead contemplative practices to gain facilitation confidence—if so interested. 

Co-Sponsor: The Initiative for Contemplative Study and Practice, JMU.

Facilitator: Ed Brantmeier, Ph. D.  Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education Department and Center for Faculty Innovation.  

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Experiencing contemplative practices;
  • Applying contemplative practices to scholarship, teaching, career planning, and work-life integration.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this career planning outcome:

  • Identifying strategies to maintain balance in work-life continuum.

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at or call (568-4846) immediately to convey your needs.  We will work with the HR department to provide you with reasonable accommodations, if time permits.

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