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Fully Engaged: Integrating mindfulness and meditation in engineering classes

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2022 First-Year Engineering Experience


East Lansing, Michigan

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July 31, 2022

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July 31, 2022

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August 2, 2022

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Technical Session M3B

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Kathryn Schulte Grahame Northeastern University

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Dr. Kathryn Schulte Grahame is a Teaching Professor and the Associate Director of First Year Engineering at Northeastern University. The focus of this program is on providing a consistent, comprehensive, and constructive educational experience that endorses the student-centered, professional and practice-oriented mission of Northeastern University.
She teaches the Cornerstone of Engineering courses to first-year students as well as courses within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. She is a recent recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of First-Year Students Award, the Excellence in Mentoring Award, and is interested in research that compliments and informs her teaching.

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Richard Whalen Northeastern University

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Dr. Richard Whalen is a Teaching Professor at Northeastern University in Boston, MA and is Director of First-year Engineering. The mission of the First-year Engineering team is to provide a reliable, wide-ranging, and constructive educational experience that endorses the student-centered and professionally-oriented mission of the University. He also teaches specialty courses in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern and has published and presented papers on approaches and techniques in engineering education. He has won multiple Outstanding Teaching Awards at Northeastern and numerous Best Paper and Best Presentation Awards with fellow First-year faculty coauthors at ASEE.

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The purpose of this workshop is to actively involve participants in the practice of mindfulness and meditation while learning its principles and how to integrate them in a variety of ways into engineering classes. The workshop will look at the art and science of mindfulness and meditation interspersed with activities used to teach and practice. The format will be hands-on including participation in exercises as well as discussions and sharing of practices from a variety of perspectives. The content comes from various texts on mindfulness such as Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness, by Susan L. Smalley. The activities will include guided practice sessions and discussions that illustrate and elucidate the content and use of meditation and mindfulness in engineering classes. Presenting and practicing a variety of ways allows participants to customize for their comfort and knowledge to grow and add on where they see the best fit.

Schulte Grahame, K., & Whalen, R. (2022, July), Fully Engaged: Integrating mindfulness and meditation in engineering classes Paper presented at 2022 First-Year Engineering Experience, East Lansing, Michigan.

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