Welcome! In these pages you will find a variety of resources to help you integrate pedagogies of flourishing-- particularly contemplative pedagogy-- into your work as a teacher, advisor, mentor, and member of an institution of higher learning.
Inspired by contemplative pedagogy, “pedagogies of flourishing” refers to various educational philosophies and practices that are deeply reflective and have as their aim student wellbeing. Pedagogies of flourishing may include aspects of contemplative, critical, anti-oppression, integral, feminist, liberatory, open, sentipensante, and other pedagogies. For a very brief orientation to the emerging notion of pedagogies of flourishing see [Components of Pedagogies of Flourishing.]
If you are interested in adopting pedagogies of flourishing, particularly contemplative pedagogy, take a moment to review these [considerations]. If you would like a deeper-dive, visit modules from UVA’s [curriculum on contemplative faculty development (under creation)].
In [Classrooms for Flourishing] you can find contemplative practices, exercises, and assignments that you may adopt or adapt into your own pedagogical frameworks. You can also find sample syllabi as well as course policies that support student flourishing. This area also features research briefs, bibliographies, and curated guides to deepen your scholarly knowledge of contemplative approaches to teaching and learning and pedagogies of flourishing more broadly. You may gain inspiration from case studies and reflections that are also housed in this area.
In [Advising and Mentoring] you can find resources such as checklists and guidelines for successful advising experiences as well as exemplary instances of excellent advising in higher education. Here, too, you can find reflections, case studies, bibliographies, and research briefs to support and inspire your own work. [note: there is nothing currently in this section]
The section entitled [Taking Care] directs you to contemplative practices and exercises for self care that you may apply in higher education settings to help students develop their own capacities for care of self and others. There you will also find reflections, scholarly materials, and case studies to support you in your practice and the important work of transforming higher educational environments into institutions that prioritize student flourishing.