Collegial Collaborations to Foster Contemplative Practice and Empower Empathy

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Conference Title

The Association for Contemplative Mind and Higher Education Annual Conference


Scotts Valley, CA

Conference Dates

October 27-29,2017

Date of Presentation



At the University of the Pacific, the Center for Teaching and Learning and University Writing Programs promote collaborative and reflective pedagogies, proven approaches to deep learning that also provide vital support in an era of increasing faculty workload, expanding student needs, rapid technological advances, and institutional and political uncertainties. In this interactive session, participants will engage in and reflect on a sampling of activities that we incorporate into our faculty development programs to build community, enhance empathy, and foster introspection, including values clarification, identity mapping, silent dialog, and annotated writing. Faculty may then translate these approaches to their classrooms to nurture connections and promote equity. Participants will leave the session with community-building strategies adaptable to faculty development, teaching, and professional settings.

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