© 2018

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

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

About the editors

Dr Narelle Lemon is an Associate Professor of Education at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. She currently holds the Deputy Chair of Education – Learning and Teaching role  within the Department of Education.  Narelle’s research is focused on engagement and participation in the area of building learner capacity to engage with cultural organisations and community arts programmes, arts education, and social media for cultural knowledge and professional development. She is interested in the lived experience of being an academic – care, collaboration, mentoring, mindful and supportive practices informed by positive psychology. Narelle blogs at Chat with Rellypops, Tweets as @Rellypops and @MindfulAcademic (with Sharon), and curates an online project to promote stories of how creativity and mindfulness are applied to people’s lives from various disciplines in the community on Instagram via @exploreandcreateco. 

Dr. Sharon McDonough is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Arts at Federation University Australia. She began working in teacher education after a 16-year career as a secondary school teacher. Sharon has an interest in collaborating with schools and organisations to provide learning opportunities for pre-service teachers, and is committed to supporting the ongoing learning of pre-service teachers, teachers and teacher educators. She researches in the fields of self-study, teacher emotion and embodiment, mentoring and resilience.

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