Developing Global Perspectives on Well-Being

Session Time and Location

Wed, 6 Jun 2018
8:00am to 9:00am
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Maplewood A
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In recent years, educational developers have been asked to consider our role in the creation of academic cultures that foster individual, community, and institutional well-being (Harward, 2016). For Shuster (2018) and others, “well-being embodies a sense of direction and purpose, positive personal identity, strong relationships, empathy, resilience, and mindfulness” (p. 1). Several scholars are currently exploring these elements of well-being as they relate to both the philosophical and practical dimensions of our work (e.g., Boye, 2018; DiPietro, 2018; Gravett & Bernhagen, 2018). This workshop seeks to contribute to these conversations by developing global perspectives on well-being in educational development.

  • Session References +

    Boye, A. (2018, April 6). Mattering to ourselves: Confronting burnout and compassion fatigue for educational developers [Webinar]. In PODLive! series. Retrieved from

    De Neve, J. (2018). Work and well-being: A global perspective. In Global Happiness Council (Ed.), Global happiness policy report 2018 (pp. 75-128). New York, NY: Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

    DiPietro, M. (2018). The chakra system as a framework for holistic educational development. To Improve the Academy, 37, 88-99.

    Gravett, E. O., & Bernhagen, L. (2018). Ways of doing: Feminist educational development. To Improve the Academy, 37, 17-29.

    Harward, D. (2016). Well-being and higher education: A strategy for change and the realization of education’s greater purpose. Washington, DC: Bringing Theory to Practice.

    Jaggar, A. M. (2006). Reasoning about well-being: Nussbaum’s methods of justifying the capabilities. The Journal of Political Philosophy, 14, 301-322.

    Nussbaum, M. C. (2011). Creating capabilities: The human development approach. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

    Shuster, E. (2018). Intersectionality and well-being: A journey toward hope and healing. Diversity & Democracy, 21.