2022 Speakers 

Special thanks to our keynote speaker for the fourth conference on Meaningful Living and Learning in a Digital World.

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Linda Coutant
Creating a More Mindful Campus

What if we brought our full selves to work each day? And if we did, how might we create greater meaning for ourselves and our students?

Dr. Linda Coutant will explore the momentum in higher education to bring more mindfulness and contemplative focus to teaching, learning, and the wider campus community. She will share insights from her research, as well as her own experiences in shaping a more contemplative culture at Appalachian State University. She also will lead participants in an intention-setting exercise to help them maximize their conference experience.

Linda Coutant, Ed.D. is a certified mindfulness instructor, educator, and communications professional. She holds a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership, with an emphasis on mindfulness/contemplative practices in higher education. Her dissertation explored organizational structures and cultures created by campus leaders as they sought to make their institution more mindful. She is a published researcher in the Journal of Contemplative Inquiry and a member of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.

Dr. Coutant teaches the Koru Mindfulness curriculum to emerging adults and incorporates contemplative education in her teaching as an adjunct instructor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Communication.

Closing Lunch Panel

Rethinking Online Student Engagement in an Uncertain World

Dr. Linda Coutant, Appalachian State University

Dr. Sarah Kuck, Albany State University

Ms. Ann Carroll, 500-Level Certified Yoga Teacher, and former corporate Vice-President


Dr. Jason Huett, Associate Dean of University System of Georgia eCampus