For Faculty

Faculty Learning Communities to Support the University

When the collaborative between Miami Oxford, Hamilton, and Middletown began in 2011, mindfulness was not popular in southwest Ohio and a difficult topic to understand. As a seasoned and trained mindfulness practitioner, Dr. Klatt recognized its potential and provided numerous free 8 week evidence based mindfulness programs to faculty and staff across multiple campuses prior to developing faculty learning communities along with Katie Egart (now retired). They proposed and co-led five (5) Miami University Center for Teaching Excellence sponsored Mindfulness & Contemplative Inquiry faculty learning communities from 2012 to 2016. The most recent FLCs focused on embodied learning practices, contemplative pedagogy, and research/scholarship attentive to explicit and implicit bias. Practices and FLC content focused on critical approaches to mindfulness and contemplative inquiry. Participants were from multiple divisions and departments such as Sociology and Gerontology, Educational Leadership, English, Architecture and Interior Design, Spanish and Portuguese, Kinesiology and Health, Media, Journalism, and Film, Family Studies and Social Work, Educational Psychology, Psychology, Teacher Education, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Philosophy as well the Howe Center for Writing Excellence Rinella Learning Center, and Women’s Center. Later the provost requested learning communities for female administrators and Dr. Klatt led to rounds for high level female administrators.

Faculty and staff walk a labyrinth during a Mindfulness and Contemplative Inquiry Faculty Learning Community retreat.

Faculty and staff walk a labyrinth during a Mindfulness and Contemplative Inquiry Faculty Learning Community retreat.

Project Consulting

Administrators, faculty, graduate students, and community members interested in mindfulness and contemplative inquiry teaching, research, and service utilize the Center. Contact us for more information.

Research / Small Grants

Small Grants (started in 2017)

The Mindfulness & Contemplative Inquiry Center (MCIC) hosts small grants designed to strengthen our understanding of the role of contemplative practices, inquiry, studies, teaching, research, and community engagement. Thanks to the Ford Family Initiative for Spirituality, Meaning, and Purpose for this funding.

Since 2017, small grants of up to $600 have been available to support faculty and graduate students interested in positively impacting communities through contemplative inquiry research projects. A wide range of projects are encouraged. Miami students will be involved or impacted in some way by these grants. Consideration will be made for contemplative practice projects (pedagogy, training, research, and/or community engagement) designed to support one or more of the following endeavors:

  • Inclusive excellence/just communities/anti-oppressive practices
  • Caring for others / creating well-focused spaces
  • Spirituality, meaning, purpose
  • Professional ethics
  • 21st century skills