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Don't miss this Webinar, Ethics and contemplation in higher education: April 1

  • 1.  Don't miss this Webinar, Ethics and contemplation in higher education: April 1

    Posted 03-20-2019 21:19
    Edited by Sunny Jeong 03-27-2019 21:10

    Exploring the educative potential of inner consciousness:

    Ethics and contemplation in higher education

    Einstein said: "Intuition is a sacred gift and rationality is a faithful servant. Our society has it backwards we have honoured the servant and forgotten the gift." 

    Inspired by Einstein's belief in the sublime nature of inner consciousness, we are conducting a study entitled Evaluating Contemplative Pedagogy in Postsecondary Ethics Education. This research aims to explore: a variety of contemplative practices based pedagogies; and to evaluate their contribution to transform students' self-concept and ethical behaviour. It intends to address the most pressing concerns of our time that is, our relationship with ourselves, one another, and the creatures of this planet. For this study, data will be collected from several universities located in Canada the US and India).

    Please join our zoom session April 1, 2019 from 8 am till 10 am (PST), 11 am till 1pm (EST) to listen in and participate as three panelists, Professors Culham, Lin, and Chaturvedi discuss ideas on current and future research regarding ethics education, contemplative practices, concepts of self, and ways to measure ethics education effectiveness.  

    Webinar Format


    Time (PST)


    Presentation on past and future research

    8 am - 8.10 am

    10 min

    Panel Presentations

    8.10 am-9.10 am

    60 min

    Question-Answer and discussion session

    9.10 am-9.40 am

    30 min

    Next steps summing up thanks

    9.40 am-10.00 am

    20 min


    Panelist's Bios

    Tom Culham, Professor, City University in Canada, has published books, book chapters, and journal articles that focus on spirituality, transformation, ethics in business and management. Tom has been involved in teaching and researching on the matte of business ethics incorporating contemplative practices since 2014.

    Jing Lin, Professor, International Education Policy, University of Maryland has published several books, book chapters, and journal articles that focus on contemplative pedagogies, spiritual paradigm. She has also presented at national and international conferences and developed a course related to contemplative inquiry at the graduate level which has been taught for several years.

    D.K. Chaturvedi, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering Daylbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University) Dayalbagh Agra India, is the recipient of several prestigious awards. His research focuses on Human Consciousness, Soft Computing, Power and Energy Systems, Electrical Machines, Solar Energy, Modeling and Simulation of systems and he teaches Consciousness in engineering classes. His daily routine includes: 3 am spiritual practice gathering, then, 2 hours of community service work in agricultural fields, followed by teaching through the day and an evening spiritual practice gathering.

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    Sunny Jeong, Ph.D.
    MSR Division Representative-at-Large
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Business
    Wittenberg University
    Work: 937-327-7929

  • 2.  RE: Don't miss this Webinar, Ethics and contemplation in higher education: April 1

    Posted 03-27-2019 10:30
    Edited by Mary Finney 03-27-2019 11:44
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    Thanks Sunny, Tom and all the MSR Research Committee Members!

    This upcoming MSR Zoom session - next Monday - April 1st  looks really interesting.

    I saw the names of the presenters  and went online to find more about the presenters'  work in this field of contemplative education.  They each  have very deep experiences related to teaching, research and  writing about teaching and the contemplative opportunities in education.

    I look forward to the interdisciplinary discussion we will have together  on Zoom.

    I am going to go to  our new MSR CONNECT library - and see what is already in there related to contemplative education, teaching, and research.   Hope we can add a lot to this library - with materials from all MSR members - related to research into  all forms of transformational teaching and learning.

     If anyone has materials for the library related to this - please respond to this email now or later --  or create a new post on this MSR email discussion forum and  attach the documents you would like to share in this new  MSR Connect library.   Those items will go into the library on Connect.  Check out our library now to find materials you would like to review - and use.

    I added an short intro to a mentor of mine  along the way -- as she lives and learns about contemplative living, teaching, learning and suffering ----Mary Rose O'Reilley---- and a link to a chapter in her book : Garden at Night: Breakout and Breakdown in the Teaching Life   - Chapter 1 Practicing the Koans of Professional Life . - https://www.up.edu/garaventa/files/fildg%20files/garden-at-night.pdf

    See you at 11am-1pm ( EDT) and 8-10am (PST) - next Monday!

    Thanks again for all your efforts to support MSR and this field.

    Warm wishes
    Mary Finney

  • 3.  RE: Don't miss this Webinar, Ethics and contemplation in higher education: April 1

    Posted 03-27-2019 21:11
    Thank you Mary for sharing a wonderful reference.
    Loved the expression of the mindfulness in relation to live an authentic, slow paced and free life.
    "Each person constructs his or her reality. Your awareness of your authentic self is easily lost in busyness and your struggle to do it right in the workplace, even just to survive. Receive whatever comes your way as an opportunity for practice. Don't get caught in characterizing your experiences as "good" or "bad"; they're just your experiences. Change your relationship to time: live slowly enough to encounter life with mindfulness. This makes freedom possible, your one true freedom, which is to be authentic."

    I would love to share what I collected out of Mindfulness reference request that I made early February. I ran a campus wide mindfulness workshop during this spring. Thank you all who contributed and shared your mindfulness resources.

    Definitions of Mindfulness (provided by Kanti Saini)

    The most widely acknowledged definition of mindfulness comes from Kabat-Zinn (1994) which is defined as "ability to pay attention on purpose in present moment with nonjudgmental view". Likewise, mindfulness is explained as "receptive attention to and awareness of present events and experience" (Brown & Ryan, 2003). Further, Shapiro (2009) notes mindfulness as "the awareness that arises through intentionally attending in an open, accepting, and discerning way to whatever is arising in the present moment". Thereafter, Bishop et al. (2004) explains mindfulness as "process of regulating one's attention to bring awareness to have orientation towards curiosity, openness, and acceptance towards one's experience. In line with the above views, Glomb et al. (2010) define mindfulness as "…a state of consciousness characterized by receptive attention to and awareness of present events and experiences without evaluation, judgment and cognitive filters". Thus, based on above opinions, it can be concluded that mindfulness results from four factors. They are acceptance, attention, present moment focus and awareness, which are similarly being pointed by Brown & Ryan (2003), and, Brown, Ryan & Creswell (2007).


    Benefits of Mindfulness Practices

    * Watch The Science of Meditation:  


    Readings & References

    My best and widest ranging resource for using contemplative practice in the academy, is ACMHE, Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.  This is a well-established association that has on-line resources, on-line and in-person workshops and webinars, retreats, and conventions.  One of the founders is Arthur Zajonc, a physics prof at Amherst; others are from a wide range of disciplines, including modern languages, architecture, economics, and many psychologists.  You will find them at http://www.contemplativemind.org/programs/acmhe


    A few points of entry that you might find interesting:

    Dr. James Doty, Into the Magic Shop, (Avery, 2017).  Doty is a Stanford neurosurgeon with quite a story about how he got into this practice.  I first heard his story on a On Being (with Krista Tippett) podcast.  You can easily find the transcript online.  Doty has put some practices on-line as a part of his paying it forward.


    Bill Moyers/Healing and the Mind

    Video: Moyers interviews Jon Kabat-Zinn.  Kabat-Zinn runs a pain clinic using mindfulness practices for those patients at Mass General Hospital referred by the MDs who have been unsuccessful with meds, surgery or other biomedical resources.  This video is quite striking:  there are many patients who have zero buy-in for alternative practices; it is helpful to hear them talk about their experience.  Kabat-Zinn has a number of CDs and downloadable materials.

    Barbezat, D. P. & Bush M. (2014). Contemplative practices in higher education. San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass.

    Brown, K. W., & Ryan, R. M. (2003). The benefits of being present: mindfulness and its role in psychological well-being. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 84(4), 822-848.

    Kabat-Zinn, J. (1994). Wherever you go, there you are: mindfulness meditation in everyday life. New York: Hyperion.

    Kabat-Zinn, J. (2002). Meditation is about paying attention. Reflections, 3, 68-71.  

    Culham, T., (2013), Ethics education of business leaders: Emotional intelligence, virtues and contemplative learning. In J. Lin, R. Oxford, (Eds.) Book Series: Transforming Education for the Future. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.

    Goleman, D., & Davidson, R. J. (2017). Altered Traits: Science reveals how meditation changes your mind, body, and brain. New York: Avery


    [Contemplative practices in the western tradition]

    Contemplative Practices: Centering Prayer


    Experiment with Light, a Quaker practice: Use it to gain insight.



    Mindfulness Practice in Class

    Quick Meditation Before or During Class

    An opportunity for REFLECTION as extra credit.  I told them they could turn in a journal with a number of assignments where they considered the activities, learning, interactions, etc. and it would help their overall course grade.  Easy way to sneak in mindfulness.  They could do it in or out of class time.  

    *As many of you know, the internet is full of downloadable, clickable guided meditations…send the ones that you like to me.  I'm always interested in new resources!
    * I will keep collecting resources and will post it under MSR library.

    Sunny Jeong, Ph.D.
    MSR Division Representative-at-Large
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Business
    Wittenberg University
    Work: 937-327-7929

  • 4.  RE: Don't miss this Webinar, Ethics and contemplation in higher education: April 1

    Posted 03-27-2019 21:15
    Please join this Webinar by clicking the link https://zoom.us/j/8921170813 in case you can't see the link.
    See you all at 11 am (EST) this coming Monday (April 1st).

    Sunny Jeong, Ph.D.
    MSR Division Representative-at-Large
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Business
    Wittenberg University
    Work: 937-327-7929

  • 5.  RE: Don't miss this Webinar, Ethics and contemplation in higher education: April 1

    Posted 03-30-2019 16:52
    Edited by Mary Finney 03-30-2019 16:51
    I definitely want to be with MSR members at our next  MSR Research and Teaching webinar session on Monday - April 1st.
    Thanks for the reminder of how to get to the webinar ---at this link .   https://zoom.us/j/8921170813 -
    at 11 am (EST) 

    Warm wishes,

    Mary Finney
    Immediate MSR Past Chair