Maria Shine Stewart

Maria Shine Stewart is a licensed professional counselor and adjunct lecturer in writing. She seeks to build bridges between the humanities and the social sciences focusing on writing across the lifespan, wellness, humor, the creative process and the prevention of burnout. “A Kinder Campus" explores human relations in the academy with anecdotal and research support for the idea that when we work kinder, we work better. Civility and collegiality count, so stock up and spread them around. Submit column ideas to mariashinestewart@gmail.com.

"If thou thinkest twice before thou speakest once, thou wilt speak twice the better for it."
--William Penn

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Most Recent Articles

August 3, 2012
Neither playing ostrich nor building a moat will protect campuses from violence. Awareness of the possibilities may help us build safer, kinder places, Maria Shine Stewart writes.
July 6, 2012
Feel like celebrating kindness? Come to the party and enjoy a piece of virtual cake as Maria Shine Stewart ponders the first fledgling year of this column.
June 8, 2012
With summer approaching, Maria Shine Stewart explores ways to cultivate kinder campus spaces all year long through the three “n’s”: noticing, navigating, nurturing.
April 26, 2012
Don't follow the crowd. Maria Shine Stewart advocates a make-your-own graduation ceremony.
April 13, 2012
Has the keyboard become a tool to promote collaboration, quibbling, or chaos? Maria Shine Stewart ponders e-kindness.
March 9, 2012
“Can’t we all just get along?" No, especially if we’re on the same committee. Maria Shine Stewart takes a lighthearted look at one of academia’s heavier responsibilities.  
February 24, 2012
G.B. Shaw said that "youth is wasted on the young." Be that as it may, college is not wasted on the older, at least on kinder campuses. Maria Shine Stewart reflects.
January 27, 2012
Stock up on kindness to confront perils of winter, Maria Shine Stewart suggests.  
December 16, 2011
What should you do when you feel like bursting the cartoon bubble over your colleague’s head? Or your own? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, Maria Shine Stewart prescribes.
November 30, 2011
Have you ever had a magical moment on your campus -- when it almost vibrated with a higher frequency of kindness? Maria Shine Stewart revisits the moment that culminated in the birth of her column.

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