Director of the Baldwin Center for Learning and Teaching and Lecturer in Education

Kathryn Byrnes directs the Baldwin Center for Learning & Teaching. She designs and facilitates professional development for faculty grounded in the scholarship of teaching and learning to enhance the quality of instructional and assessment for all students. Some initiatives she has started at Bowdoin include a biweekly Teaching Times newsletter, the Faculty Fellows Program, Teaching Triangles, faculty learning communities on topics like ungrading, book groups on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Small Teaching, and Spark of Learning, January, May and August course design/pedagogical strategy institutes, summer working groups such as Inclusive Excellence in the Sciences, and Pedagogy Matters, a collaboration with Bates and Colby Colleges.

Kathryn is one of the founding faculty of the Teachings in Mindful Education Institute (TiME) in Maine and the former Board President of the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN). She taught Education, Mindfulness and Psychology courses at Lesley University, Bowdoin College, the University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado College and has facilitated faculty development workshops online and in person across the United States. Her research focuses on contemplative pedagogy, theory, and practice in higher education, and has been published in several journals and edited books. She co-edited a series of books on Contemplative Practices, Pedagogy and Research in Education.

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  • PhD, Education, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • MAT, Education, Wake Forest University
  • BA, Psychology, Davidson College