Dr. David Lee Keiser and Julie Dalley Present Contemplative Pedagogy Webinar for the Contemplative Mind in Society

Presentation on behalf of the Center for the Contemplative Mind in Society focuses on building a new faculty development program at Monclair State University, centered on contemplative pedagogy and practices as critical to student engagement, learning, and overall well-being.

Dr. David Lee Keiser, Associate Professor, Secondary and Special Education, and Julie Dalley, Assistant Director of the Research Academy for University Learning, were honored to present a new webinar for the Center for the Contemplative Mind in Society on November 21, 2013. The full webinar can be accessed here: http://www.contemplativemind.org/archives/2460.

The webinar, titled "Implementing a New Contemplative Pedagogy Faculty Development Program," discussed the work of Keiser and Dalley as they built a new faculty development program within the Research Academy over the past two years.  The presentation attracted over 100 online attendees, making it the second highest attended webinar hosted by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. The original pilot program was funded in Spring 2013 by a 1440 Teaching and Learning Center grant sponsored by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, and framed upon the highly successful Engaged Teaching Fellows Program already in place at Montclair State.

The work of the pilot program included the participation of six Montclair State faculty members: Dr. Aditya Adarkar, General Humanities and Classics; Dr. Elizabeth Erwin, Early Childhood Education and Literacy Education; Ann Evans, English, First Year Writing; Dr. Maughn Gregory, Educational Foundations; Dr. Michael Kruge, Earth and Environmental Studies; and Dr. Meena Mahadevan, Health & Nutrition Sciences.

The pilot program culminated with a campus-wide workshop at the 4th Annual University Teaching and Learning Showcase, held on May 3, 2013, as well as the publication of an online web portal, including an educator toolbox of practices, to inspire other educators to consider integrating contemplative practices in their classrooms. To access the Toolbox, please visit: http://www.montclair.edu/academy/contemplative-pedagogy/toolbox/.

Due to the success and interest generated by the pilot program, the Research Academy, under the leadership of Dalley and Keiser, implemented the Contemplative Pedagogy and Practices Faculty Fellowship Program as a sustained faculty development program available to all faculty at Montclair State University. The program began its full iteration this past Fall 2013 semester with the inclusion of three new faculty and staff members, including: Mike Lee, Philosophy & Religion; Lori Petrozzello, Library Technical Services; and Denise Rodak, Center for Advising and Student Transitions.

The program requires participants to meet monthly to discuss their teaching practices, weigh in on research and new readings in the areas of contemplation and student life/well-being, and revise their courses based on their involvement in the program. The program emphasizes evidence-based practices and encourages members to consider new areas of research in the field of contemplative science and its influence on teaching and learning in higher education. Participants are also asked to help develop materials and workshops for other faculty members at Montclair State and beyond to disseminate their work and promote interest in new ways for engaging the whole student in the classroom. For more information on the full program, and to request information on how to get involved, please visit: http://www.montclair.edu/academy/contemplative-pedagogy/cpp-faculty-fellows-program/or contact Julie Dalley at dalleyj@montclair.edu.