Post-Election Faculty Panel: Perspectives from Across the Disciplines


What is the short and long term impact of this election? What has this election done to the stability of, and our faith in the integrity of, some of our fundamental democratic institutions — the election process itself, the news media, polling, the primary election process, etc. What is the future of the two major parties? Has our political dialogue been irreparably coarsened? Will our electorate become even more polarized? What does this election mean for foreign policy and our relationships with other countries? These are just some of the questions we would like to discuss with the panelists: Stephen Nichols (Political Science), Jill Watts (History), Dino Bozonelos  (Political Science), Brian Dolber (Communication), Raj Pillai (CoBA Management), and Mary Jo Poole (Sociology).

To learn more and participate in the discussion please attend the event on November 10 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm in Markstein Hall 210. To engage a discussion or ask a question, add a comment to this Post-Election post. If you have questions email

This is a campus-wide event inclusive of faculty, staff, and students who are all encouraged to join the post-election discussion.

Ranjeeta Basu
Interim Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences



Mindfulness and Compassion


There are several definitions out there but I will start with two definitions:

  1. “Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  1. “Mindfulness is paying attention to your life, here and now, with kindness and curiosity.” – Amy Saltzman



There is a growing body of research that shows that mindfulness can help us in many ways, chief among those are that it can help us:

  1. Quiet the habitual chatter of the mind;
  2. Cultivate a capacity for deep awareness;
  3. Increase focused attention;
  4. Feel connected and compassionate.



  1. Stop — say, three times per day (increase as you wish) wherever you are, take a deep breath and if you can close your eyes, do so and pull everything inward. Then, open your eyes and reconnect outward. A couple of seconds is all you need. As you are doing this ask yourself: How is my body feeling? Am I tense anywhere? If so, can I relax? What is my mind doing? Is it calm, stressed, whirling? Am I in the moment or somewhere else?
  2. When you are in the presence of a person who makes you stressed, unhappy or self-conscious, take a moment to step outside of yourself and bring awareness to your mind and physical self. Where do you feel tension? What if you try to relax it? Does that change the dynamic? What is it inside of you that makes you feel this way?
  3. What is your favorite time of day? If it is morning, for example, take a glance outside your window as you prepare for your day. See if you can notice five to 10 things. Maybe the sky is a magnificent color? Maybe you’ve never noticed the color of your neighbor’s door? Maybe you notice a bird singing?
  4. CHABSS Faculty and Staff should attend one of the weekly sits scheduled for this semester on Wednesdays at noon (KELL 3012) and at 4:00pm (SBSB Faculty and Staff Lounge).


CHABSS Faculty and Staff should sign up for the Mindfulness Based stress Reduction course (8 weeks) offered by HR and MindfulCSUSM.