Robin Dickey, a doctoral candidate in the Saybrook University Mind-Body Medicine program, has just been awarded a grant to fund a faculty wellness initiative at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Robin will be collaborating with the Office of Faculty Affairs to offer monthly wellness related activities, including education, exercises, mindfulness, guest speakers, etc.
She will also conduct an appreciative inquiry study with the UT faculty. The appreciative inquiry will include collaborative questioning, pre- and post-participation surveys, and open dialogue with faculty attendees about transformational change potential for the University. This will include exploration into strengths, successes, values, hopes and dreams. We plan to follow the The 5-D Cycle of Appreciative Inquiry: Define, Discover, Dream, Design and Destiny/Delivery to focus on Strategic Planning, Cultural Transformation, Employee Satisfaction, Morale and Retention, and Leadership Development.
The funding for the faculty wellness initiative comes from UT System, an entity that oversees the 14 University of Texas educational institutions throughout the state. She hopes to publish the results of this offering in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health's special edition called Participatory Research in Health Promotion that will be published in November.