Integrity of Practice:
A Contemplative Vision for Higher Education
The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education’s 5th Annual Conference
November 8-10, 2013
Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
$267 – $420 (Refer to our fee structure for details; financial aid available)
Over the past four years, members of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education have gathered at annual conferences to explore contemplative approaches to all aspects of post-secondary education and to share their questions and discoveries.
During this time, the application of contemplative approaches in educational contexts has increased considerably, both inside and outside the classroom. Neuroscientific research and the increasing use of these practices have been demonstrating their many benefits. As a result, many more students and colleagues are aware of contemplative and reflective practices and are more open to applying them toward particular goals and outcomes.
With these developments in mind, this conference will explore how contemplative practices and perspectives are currently transforming the educational enterprise and will consider the questions and issues that arise concerning the application and adaptation of contemplative practices.
The conference will open with a plenary panel discussion that will initiate a conversation based on the following questions:
- As contemplative practices are being adapted and developed in higher education, how are we considering issues of integrity and tradition?
- How might commitments to inclusion and access be strengthened by a closer examination of the relationships between “integrity” and “diversity”? Might a focus on “integrity of practice” also weaken such commitments? How can our deepening practice help us hold these two possibilities as one?
- How do we bring the benefits of practice to address specific and urgent needs without losing their broader transformative potential?
- Can we viably assess the effects of our efforts without reducing the practices to narrow instruments?
This conference will include ample time for conversation and sharing among participants through open space sessions, interactive presentations, contemplative practices, panels, and round table and plenary discussions.
When contemplative methods are employed, a variety of outcomes are possible. When practices are used skillfully, the space that they create for students to encounter the emotional, ethical, intellectual and even physical aspects of what they are learning can bring about positive outcomes: both material and immaterial, measurable and immeasurable.
2013 Conference Steering Committee
Associate Director and Associate Professor, Teaching Resource Center, University of Virginia
Professor of Economics, Amherst College
Associate Professor of Art, Design, and Transmedia, Syracuse University
Professor of Chemistry, Bryn Mawr College
Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neurology, University of Arizona
Professor, The Information School, University of Washington
Senior Lecturer, English Department, Spelman College
Past Conference Programs
Contemplative Approaches in the Diverse Academic Community (.pdf)
The Contemplative Campus (.pdf)
The Contemplative Academy (.pdf)
The Contemplative Heart of Higher Education (.pdf)
Videos from Past ACMHE Conferences
Always On: Exploring Undergraduate Attitudes Towards Information Technology (2011)
David Levy, Professor, Information School, University of Washington
Bringing Attention to Mindfulness Research (2010)
Amishi Jha, Director of The Jha Lab and Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Miami
Contemplative Practices in the Classroom: Value Added or Changes Everything? (2010)
Panel discussion featuring Susan Burggraf (Associate Professor of Contemplative Psychology and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, Naropa University), Barry Kroll (Professor of English, Lehigh University), Judith Simmer-Brown (Professor of Religious Studies, Naropa University), and Thomas Coburn (Visiting Scholar, Brown University and President Emeritus, Naropa University)