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Rentsch’s Mindfulness in Team Communication Featured at Spring 2018 Mic/Nite

Joan RentschCommunication Studies Professor Joan Rentsch represented CCI at the March 8, 2018 UT Mic/Nite with her presentation, “Bringing Mindfulness to Communication in Teams.”

As part of her presentation, she defined mindfulness and differentiated it from other concepts.  She also shared research findings relating mindfulness to variables associated with communication and highlighted her research on mindfulness and communication in work teams.

Rentsch is currently the only certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher in the state of Tennessee. She holds a PhD and MA in Psychology with a specialty in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Maryland.

Twice a year the Office of the Provost hosts Mic/Nite. The Pecha-Kucha format is a simple lecture format where presenters show and discuss 20 images for 20 seconds each. The objective is to communicate in a simple, quick format the research, creative and pedagogical work being done by UT faculty to foster a deeper appreciation for that work and to build connections for greater intellectual interaction.

The event draws a large crowd to the Relix Variety Theatre in Knoxville and generates excitement and discussion among faculty and staff across campus. Past CCI Mic/Nite presenters include: Suzie Allard (IS), Eric Haley (ADPR), Mark Harmon (JEM), Barb Kaye (JEM), Virginia Kupritz (CS), Michael Palenchar (ADPR), Vandana Singh (IS), Peiling Wang (IS), Courtney Wright (CS) Beth Avery Foster (ADPR), Laura Miller (CS) and Nick Geidner (JEM).