Mindfulness in the Academy

Practices and Perspectives from Scholars

  • Narelle Lemon
  • Sharon McDonough

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Integrity, Compassion, and Care

  3. Becoming, Identity, and Professional Transitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Chad M. Morrison
      Pages 71-82
    3. Marni J. Binder, Jennifer Martin, Jasna K. Schwind
      Pages 83-96
  4. Collegiality, Collaboration and Relationships

  5. Leadership, Professional Vulnerability and Change

  6. Conscious Decisions, Being Present, and Voice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Sarah Pinto, Kirstie Close
      Pages 217-230
  7. Resistance, Social Justice and Being the Change

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 285-294

About this book


This book focuses on the way academics understand, embrace and enact the concepts of mindfulness in approaching their work in demanding and dynamic contemporary higher education environments. It examines how they implement formal and informal mindfulness practices that increase the capacity to transform mind and body states by drawing on concepts such as compassion, kindness, gratitude, curiosity, self-awareness and non-judgemental stances. The book provides insights into and highlights the struggles of scholars through their experiences and perspectives in relation to their identities, practices and job enactment. Each chapter author explains their mindfulness practices and their motivations for implementing them, and explores how mindful ways of researching, writing, learning and teaching, leading, and engaging with others leads us to self-awareness and engagement in the present.


Mindfulness and Academic Practice Academic Work in Universities Leadership in Universities Mindfulness Strategies and Approaches Work Life Balance in Academia Ethic of Care in Higher Education Identity in Higher Education Casualisation and Academic Work Networking and Collegiality International Perspectives on Academic Work

Editors and affiliations

  • Narelle Lemon
    • 1
  • Sharon McDonough
    • 2
  1. 1.Swinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Federation University AustraliaBallaratAustralia

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