Contemplative Pedagogy Initiative

In its series on Contemplative Pedagogy, CET invites you to a discussion of:

Contemplative Pedagogy: Sharing Best Practices
Location: URC Fishbowl
Date & Time:
Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 12:30pm–2:00pm
Sponsored by: USC Office of Religious Life and USC Center for Excellence in Teaching

Light Lunch provided



  • How to Solve it by George Polya (1945). This is an enduring classic, a short, pithy book about problem-solving in mathematics – but it generalizes to all types of problem-solving. His admonition to “look at the unknown” is, effectively, an invitation to contemplation.
  • The Heart of Higher Education by Parker Palmer (author of The Courage to Teach) and Arthur Zajonc, professor of physics at Amherst and director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society — “for all who are new to the field of integrative education, all who want to deepen their understanding of its challenges and prospects, and all who want to practice and promote this vital approach to teaching and learning on their campuses.”
  • Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love by Arthur Zajonc – “(he) developed his orientation toward meditation through working with hundreds of university students and professors…” This book is full of techniques of contemplation and meditation that can be used to enhance learning in all sorts of classrooms.
  • Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education – Chickering, Dalton, Stamm – A sourcebook of policies and programming used in colleges and universities to integrate and deepen students’ educational experiences.
  • Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith by Sharon Daloz Parks. She is a scholar and author focused on student’s search for “the big picture” in higher education.
  • Living like a Roman Emperor: the Stoic Life (PDF)
  • Mindfulness Training Boosts Test Scores

Presentations from Previous Workshops

  • Contemplative Inquiry (PDF) created by Rev. Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life at USC, based on the work of Arthur Zajonc and others.
  • Teaching Intellectual Virtues – Professor Joshua Baehr, Dept. Philosophy Loyola Marymount University (PDF)

References From Previous Workshops

Organizing Faculty