Mindful Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

In this Learning Community, we will define what mindfulness means in the context of teaching in a higher education setting, working with three different texts: The Mindful Twenty-Something, written by a Duke University psychiatrist specifically for an audience of college students; A Fearless Heart, based on the landmark course in compassion training that the author helped create at Stanford Medical School; and the classic, Mindfulness in Plain English. While mindfulness practices are often associated with stress-reduction, we will explore how such practices also enable the development of empathy, emotional resilience, and ethical awareness. We will work on applying mindfulness to make us more effective instructors, support student learning, and create inclusive classroom communities.