Southam and Lund Deepen Knowledge in Massachusetts

Grant Will Assist in Applied Research Project


A pair of faculty members traveled to Massachusetts last month to take part in an important opportunity for an applied research project being undertaken by the Selkirk College Teaching & Learning Institute.

Teaching & Learning Institute Coordinator Theresa Southam and Rural Pre-Medicine Program Coordinator Elizabeth Lund journeyed to Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts for the 2014 Teaching and Learning Center Grant Program Meeting. They were invited as recipients of a $5,000 grant from the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.

Teachers in Mass - Theresa

Teaching & Learning Institute Coordinator Theresa Southam at Amherst College last month.

Southam and Lund attended with representatives from teaching and learning centres from four other successful universities. Selkirk College was the only Canadian post-secondary institution selected for a grant.

Attendees received advice and guidance from last year’s six successful grantees including Xavier University of Louisiana, University of North Carolina, Montclair University, Elon University and Bridgewater University.

“This meeting provided a great opportunity to learn from senior research scientists and directors of teaching and learning about the latest research instruments and methodologies,” says Southam. “We look forward to sharing this information with faculty and staff at the college and continuing to move ahead with the project.”

Teachers in Mass - Elizabeth

Rural Pre-Medicine Program Coordinator Elizabeth Lund.

The Selkirk College grant is being used to conduct an applied research project in which contemplative learning activities and associated assessments are developed to meet program outcomes.

Anyone interested in knowing more about contemplative practices in higher education can contact Southam by email or at 250.505.1342.


Learn more about the Selkirk College Teaching & Learning Institute and join us on Twitter.