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Contemplative Teaching: Connecting Meaning, Purpose, and Values

The 2019 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium will be held on Wednesday, January 9, at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uptown Normal.

Call for Proposals

Proposal submissions are now closed. Thank you to all who sent in a presentation, panel or poster idea! Look for acceptance letters and the full Symposium schedule later this month.


Contact Dr. Dana Karraker at or (309) 438-5110.

About the Theme

As instructors, we want our students to do more than just remember. We want them to learn in ways that are deeply transformative. We want this not just for their sakes, not just for ours, but because we believe all of society benefits from an educated, compassionate citizenry.

The theme of contemplative teaching is rooted in the same soil as the contemplative practices which grow from other physical, creative, and even spiritual endeavors—practices made more challenging in an age of distracting devices, tweets, and incivility. For the purposes of this symposium, contemplative teaching can be defined as teaching to encourage new forms of inquiry, reflective thinking, and experiential learning. It also helps students to connect learning to their lives, values, and identities (ACMHE, 2015).

Keynote Speaker

Michelle Chatman, Keynote Speaker

Michelle Chatman

Michelle Chatman, Ph.D, is Assistant Professor in the Crime, Justice, and Security Studies program at the University of the District of Columbia.

Through her efforts, Chatman has increased the University of the District of Columbia’s utilization of mindfulness and contemplative approaches to enhance campus well-being, support student learning, and to build stronger connections within and across the university. Her campus accomplishments include organizing a contemplative speakers series, hosting one-day faculty retreats, establishing the contemplative faculty learning community and Mindful Mondays, and bringing a national mindfulness conference to the UDC campus in the spring semester of 2018. Her commitment to contemplative inquiry, social justice, and personal development is also evidenced in the workshops and presentations she has conducted around the country as UMass/Amherst, Smith College, Miami University/Ohio, Antioch University, Virginia State University, Community College of Baltimore County and numerous other venues.

Chatman has also integrated mindfulness and contemplative approaches into her research endeavors. She is a Research Fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program. The fellowship includes training in health equity research along with a $350,000 grant to support her team’s implementation of Youth MIND, an integrated violence prevention strategy that includes mindfulness, restorative justice, and resilience for African American youth.

Chatman serves on the board of directors for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and the Mindfulness in Education Network. In her inspiring TEDx talk, How Africa Changed My Life, she links her contemplative journey to her volunteerism in The Gambia, West Africa. An emerging leader in this field, Chatman will be one of the featured is one of the featured speakers in the higher education track in the 2018 Mindfulness at Work Summit. Chatman lives in suburban Maryland with her husband and their 10-year-old.

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact the CTLT main desk at (309) 438-2542.

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