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Rachael Crowder PhD RSW, University of Calgary Teaching Scholar

Contemplative pedagogy is the integration of meditative and other present-moment awareness practices into higher education as a complement to critical reasoning with the goal of rebalancing liberal education to include head and heart, body and mind. Presence in the Academy: A Community of Practice in Contemplative Pedagogy is a 3-year, cross-faculty initiative to: provide free introductory workshops to familiarize faculty with the concepts, theories, practices, research, and rationale for contemplative pedagogy;  provide free mindfulness courses to faculty to reduce stress and build resilience (in line with the mental health strategy at the University of Calgary);  to develop confidence, competency and leadership with faculty to implement contemplative pedagogy in their courses through practice and course design workshops; build capacity, leadership, mentorship, and sustainability in contemplative pedagogy amongst faculty across disciplines through the development of a Community of Practice, a strategic plan, and resource repository hosted by the Taylor Institute EDU.

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