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Vice Provost, Polytechnic campus Dean, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Dean, University College
ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

What is mindfulness to you?

One important form of mindfulness is reflecting on our performances. What am I doing? Why am I doing this? How am i doing this? How well am I doing this? How will this affect others? What are the likely outcomes of what I am doing? How can I do this more effectively next time?

How do you use mindfulness in your work, research, or practice?

In every course that I teach, I ask students to be mindful of their learning. I ask them to keep portfolios in which they make the following case: 1. In light of the learning outcomes for this course, here is what I have learned. 2. Here is evidence to demonstrate that I have learned what I claim to have learned. 3. This is why I think that my evidence is compelling. 4. Here is how I plan to use this learning elsewhere in life--in the academic, professional, civic, and personal arenas.

How has the practice of mindfulness affected your life (personally and professionally)?

I have published books and articles about reflecting on learning. In my personal life, my wife and I have written more than 16,000 pages of daily journal entries in which we reflect on the activities of our family. 

How can mindfulness transform society?

If everyone woke up every day and asked, "How can I make the world better today?" that could have an enormous impact on life on Earth. And at the end of each day, we can ask, "How did I make the world better today--even in some small way? 

What does the future hold for the practice of mindfulness?

The growing use of ePortfolios at ASU is promising. I am optimistic that Sun Devils will become increasing mindful.