Positive Psychology on Campus

Laurie A. Schreiner, Eileen Hulme, Roderick Hetzel and Shane J. Lopez

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology

Second edition

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195187243
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:
Positive Psychology on Campus

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This chapter synthesizes the research from positive psychology on fulfilled individuals and thriving communities with the research from higher education on student success and institutional effectiveness, in order to build a bridge from one discipline to the other. Principles from positive psychology are applied in practical ways to the daily work of faculty, staff, and administrators in four key areas: (a) teaching and learning, (b) academic advising, (c) student leadership development, and (d) promoting students' psycho logical well-being. Self-determination theory and the talent development approach are synthesized into practical applications for the teaching and learning process with an emphasis on engaged learning and strengths-based education. Specific strategies for academic advisors are outlined in order to increase the likelihood of engaged learners persisting to graduation. Authentic leadership principles are applied to student leadership development programs, with an emphasis on emotional intelligence, mindfulness, the importance of a growth mind-set, and strengths-based approaches to leadership development. Finally, positive psychology principles are applied to counseling and psychotherapy services, preventive outreach, and consultation services to the broader campus community in order to build students' psychological well-being.

Keywords: higher education; leadership; positive psychology; strengths; students

Article.  7067 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Educational Psychology

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