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Dorothe Bach

Dorothe Bach

In her role as a faculty/educational developer, she facilitates a variety of events and programs designed to enhance the University’s teaching mission. Intensive multi-day workshops, year-long programs, and learning communities include the TRC’s Course Design Institute, the Excellence in Diversity Fellows Program, and the Contemplative Pedagogy Program, among others. She consults nationally and internationally on higher education teaching and learning. Her research focuses on early and mid-career faculty development, course design, learning portfolios, contemplative pedagogy, using social media for learning, transformational learning, and community engagement. A list of her workshops and publications can be found on her TRC webpage.

Thomas Ball

Thomas Ball

Thomas Ball studied finance and economics at the College of William and Mary and then earned an M.S. in Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce in 2008. After work experience for an investment banking mergers and acquisitions firm and a large consultancy, he returned to school for a self-directed post baccalaureate pre-med course of study. He volunteered as an EMT for the fire department in his hometown where he meditated on route to respond to 911 calls. During this time, he was fortunate to become a mentee of an Oxford educated minister with knowledge and practice in the contemplative Christian traditions.

Tom Bateman

Tom Bateman

In his courses on leadership—offered through the McIntire School of Commerce, but a minor open to all students of the University—Professor Tom Bateman contextualizes the oft-used term ‘mindfulness’ through discussing how leaders can make decisions which consider long-term consequences for multiple stakeholders. Pausing and being fully aware of the wide array of all of an organization’s goals and opportunities allows leaders to rationally and proactively make decisions without merely reacting instinctively and without thought.

Rosalyn Berne

Rosalyn Berne

In order to combat the overwhelming size of the 350-person Science, Technology, and Contemporary Issues course—as well as the apparent indifference of the majority first-year students—Dr. Berne began introducing contemplative techniques to focus students’ attention on their experience in the here and now. In order to further develop her students’ understanding of how technology is affecting our lives, Dr. Berne combines this contemplative silence with an explicit emphasis on meaning-making which encourages her many engineering students to consider how their work and research can influence the larger society. Dr. Berne explains that this process has helped her to grow as an educator through generating a powerful vulnerability which leaves her open to her students’ particular needs.

John Bultman

John Bultman

John Bultman, Contemplative Science Center (CSC) Yoga programs manager at the University of Virginia, has been practicing Ashtanga yoga daily over 12 years and has been studying Science, the Arts, and spiritual practices his entire life.

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