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Juliet Trail is the Managing Director of the Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC). In this role, she helps to manage the projects and initiatives of the center, which constitute a wide variety of efforts that span the 11 schools of UVA and involve research, learning and practice. She has a particular focus on faculty engagement programs that help to connect faculty and classrooms with contemplative and mindfulness pedagogies, as well as social and emotional intelligence pedagogies. Finally, Juliet assists CSC Director David Germano in translating the visions and ideas of the center into successful programs that positively impact undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty, as well as the broader world beyond grounds.
Juliet holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the UVA Curry School of Education. Her dissertation, “Network Enablers: An Exploratory Study of High Goal-Enabling Professionals in Higher Education,” investigated the behaviors, skills and perspectives of these “NE” professionals using socio-emotional intelligence, organizational network analysis, and emergent themes to develop a grounded theory about the NE disposition. She also holds an M.A. in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy from New Mexico State University (2002). She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Music (Piano Performance) from Guilford College (1996).
Juliet has designed and taught a course merging principles of art therapy with reflective approaches to life-transition from traditional Native American Medicine Wheel teachings. This course, “Everyday Shamanism: Discovering Expression for Balance and Harmony,” was offered for personal development in Greensboro, N.C. (1998-99) and through Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces, New Mexico (2000-02). Juliet trained in Rites of Passage work involving Vision Quests following the Lakota Sioux Tradition from 1996-1999 and continues today to walk a path of integration of the arts, sciences, and contemplative traditions. She is a long-time practitioner of yoga and Pilates.
Prior to joining CSC, Juliet served as the Director of Assessment and Special Assistant to the Dean of Arts & Sciences (A&S) from 2012-2016. In this role, she also helped to develop and launch the Directors of Diversity & Inclusion initiative, involving the creation of a new faculty leadership role across the more than thirty departments and major programs of A&S. She also served as a Research Assistant and director of K-12 outreach programming for the Center for Diversity in Engineering in UVA’s School of Engineering & Applied Science (2010-2012) and as Dean’s Office Special Assistant in the UVA School of Medicine (2005-2010), where she focused on faculty development and leadership programming, strategic planning, team and collaboration facilitation, and administrative operations.