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Reflective Practice

Reflective Practice is a process for making meaning out of one’s experiences.  

Learning is not simply a matter of seeing or hearing new information. Instead, in order to learn, we must actively construct our knowledge. Critically reflecting on our ideas, thoughts, and encounters is a way to understand them, connect them to what we already know, and interrogate them in order to come away with some new insight into ourselves and our world 

Recognizing that reflective practice is a key component of engaged learning, the Center for Engaged Learning invites the entire campus community to participate in our Year of Reflective Practice. To introduce reflective practice, we have developed a toolkit of resources for both faculty/staff and students. You will find models of reflective practice, sample assignments, and tips for engaging in critical reflection on these webpages. In addition, the CEL will be hosting and co-sponsoring a variety of events this year on the theme of reflective practice.  

There is a rich tradition of reflective practice in many domains – the philosopher contemplating the nature of knowledge, the artist submitting their work for critique, the social worker developing a more effective practice with their clients, to name just a few.  We hope that you will adapt our resources to be true to your discipline or share examples from your disciplinary tradition to add to our toolkit. Please email or use #PCReflectivePractice to share. 

Reflective Practice Mini-Grants


Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019
Personal Branding
4 – 5 p.m.
Slavin Center LLO1
Your personal brand is how you market yourself to others. Often it is your résumé, LinkedIn, and network that create your brand image. Like a reputation, it is to be guarded, respected and managed to make sure that it is promoted positively and effectively across campus and ultimately the workplace. For more information, log into Handshake.

Monday, Sept. 23, 2019
Social Media Footprint & Impression Management
4 – 5 p.m.
Slavin Center LL01
This workshop will encourage you to reflect on your social media footprint – and what you plan on changing. We will review what you think makes a good impression and consider how you want to be perceived. First and last impressions are difficult to change- we will discuss ways to make a good first impression and manage your impression throughout your internship or job. For more information, log into Handshake.

Monday, Oct. 7, 2019
Working in Groups & Teams and Managing Difficult Situations
4 – 5 p.m.
Slavin Center LL01
From a student’s first year in college to their first job – they need to work effectively on a team. There are internal and external pressures that make this challenging. This workshop will outline steps team members can take to avoid undue conflict and reach an outcome where everyone feels a level of accomplishment and satisfaction. For more information, log into Handshake.

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019
Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback
4 – 5 p.m.
Slavin Center LL01
Understanding how and when to give and receive feedback is critical to professional success- learn strategies to manage up, down, and across. Learn how to navigate difficult conversations and be strategic about when and how to express yourself in a professional setting. For more information, log into Handshake.

Monday, Nov. 4, 2019
Using Emotional Intelligence to Manage Up, Down, and Across
4 – 5 p.m.
Slavin Center, LL01
In this workshop, attendees will learn about Emotional Intelligence – and why it is so important to professional success. “Studies are confirming the importance of being present to our emotions at work. The result has a greater long-term impact on the bottom line than quality improvement programs or monetary incentives. There is now concrete evidence demonstrating that interpersonal skills are a greater predictor of success over technical and intellectual competencies.” For more information, log into Handshake.