The founding of the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia provided an opportunity for institutional transformation across all schools in teaching and learning, research, engagement, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. The approach has been to assess the organizational culture, intellectual norms, pedagogical practices, and gaps in student outcomes to consider how contemplative ideas, values, and practices can potentially contribute to transformative growth, and then operationalize into a series of strategic initiatives. Six University of Virginia faculty involved in this process from different schools — College of Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Education, and Commerce — will offer insights into this process by which contemplation can function as a gateway to organizational transformation within schools and disciplines, and also between them in new partnerships. In addition to school-specific initiatives, this includes articulating new models of classroom learning that go beyond content acquisition and critical thought, fashioning new partnerships between humanists and scientists, and building innovative models of collaboration between arts and sciences and the professional schools.

Dorothe Bach

University of Virginia

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Susan Bauer-Wu

President, Mind & Life Institute

Susan is the President of the Mind & Life Institute, a role she assumed in December 2015. She has held leadership, academic, and clinical roles that have largely focused on … MORE

David Germano, PhD

University of Virginia

David Germano, PhD, teaches and researches Tibetan and Buddhist Studies atthe University of Virginia. He is the director of UVA’s Contemplative Sciences Center as well as UVA Tibet Center, the … MORE

Patricia (Tish) Jennings, MEd, PhD

University of Virginia

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee

Prof. Jennings is a Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and … MORE

David Mick

University of Virginia

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Kurtis Schaeffer

University of Virginia

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