Educational Mindfulness: Embracing Vulnerability

  • Kimberly Wise Bridgewater State University
Keywords: Vulnerability in educational practices, educational mindfulness, best practices, lived experiences.


This essay considers the enhanced educational value of faculty embracing vulnerability through mindfulness.  Understanding how collegiate educators reflect on their repertoire of experiences is important because they are willfully considering how they should proceed throughout their career, thus possibly leading to more meaningful and effective teaching practices. Although research on exploring vulnerability practices of lived experiences in higher education teaching and learning has increased in the past decade, there is still much to be explored. When collegiate educators purposefully embrace vulnerability while reminiscing about their repertoire of experiences, it ties the connections to their consciousness and empowers to dismantle harmful patterns and rebuild best practices. Empowerment gives way to vulnerability, which adds greater value of the educators’ constructed reality.