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12 Surprises when Lecturing Less
(and Teaching More!)

Link to Wabash Center Blog: "12 Surprises When Lecturing Less (and Teaching More!)"

In order to continue the conversations that facilitate excellence in teaching, the Wabash Center is launching a new blog on the first years as a theology or religion professor. "12 Surprises When Lecturing Less (and Teaching More)"

The blog series will run from September 24 to November 1. New entries will be posted every Tuesday and Friday by faculty who have participated in the Wabash Center. Authors will share and reflect on their creative use of classroom time. What happens when professors replace powerpoint slides with other teaching tools such as crayons, film, debate, Google and Twitter? What do you do if class discussion goes TOO well? Join us for conversations with experienced theological educators, Gene Gallagher, Karyn Wiseman, Eric Barreto, Kate Blanchard, Deepak Sarna, Pui-Lan Kwok, Greg Carey, Monica Coleman, Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Lynn Neal, Bobby Williamson, Wil Gafney and Israel Gallindo.

We encourage you to respond to the posts in the comments section. Each author has agreed to interact with responses during the week of their blog publication. Comments will be moderated. 

Content Editor: Roger S. Nam, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, George Fox University
Technical Consultant: She Wren, Communications Coordinator, Wabash Center


Israel Galindo

"Five Stages For Effective Teaching and Meaningful Learning in the Classroom" 11/12/13

Israel Galindo is Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary. He also writes for the Wabash Center's Blog for Theological School Deans. 

Israel has received multiple degrees culminating in a Doctor of Education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has an extensive history of experience with both lifelong learning and seminary administration. Israel has written numerous books, as well as articles for magazines, journals and blogs. His book, The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Alban Institute, 2004) was named one of the “Ten Best Books of 2005” by the Academy of Parish Clergy. You can follow him on twitter at @deangalindo


Lea F. Schweitz

"Upgrading from 'Small Groups' to 'Organized Learning Communities'" 11/8/13

Lea F. Schweitz, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology/Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 

Lea F. Schweitz joined the faculty of Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 2007 and teaches in theology, philosophy of religion, and religion and science. Her current research project focuses on early modern views of humanity and the impact these views have on the theology and science of the time. In both her teaching ministry and her research, she is committed to inter-disciplinary interaction, historical sensitivity, community building, and the integration of academic concern with practical and public care. In addition, she is the Director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science  (link at www.zygoncenter.org ) and looks forward to continuing the long tradition of bringing religious traditions together with the best scientific knowledge in order to promote a more just and peaceful world. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Kurt, their two children.


Robert Williamson Jr.

"3 Possibilities of Teaching with Twitter and 3 Pitfalls of Teaching with Twitter"      11/5-11/6/13

Robert Williamson Jr. is Margaret Berry Hutton Odyssey Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark.

His scholarly work focuses primarily on the Wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible and cognate literatures. Robert's teaching is an expression of his passion for the texts of the Jewish and Christian scriptures and the fundamental conviction that both texts and students have the potential to act in the world for the common good

Find him at hendrix.academia.edu/robertwilliamson or on Twitter at @rwilliamsonjr.


Eric Barreto

"What Has Romans to Do with Flickr?: Imag(in)ing the Apostle Paul"      11/1/13

Eric Barreto, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Eric lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife Holley and two beautiful children. He loves great food, the recent TV renaissance, travelling, and Minnesota's fabulous summers. He is the author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16(Mohr Siebeck, 2010) and the co-author of New Proclamation Year C 2013: Easter through Christ the King(Augsburg Fortress, 2013). These days, he is working on a book on the theology of ethnicity of Acts and how it might shape biblical imagination around diversity in churches today. He is also a regular contributor at the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-dr-eric-d-barreto/) and hosts a monthly podcast on EnterTheBible.org.  For more, go toericbarreto.com and follow him on Twitter(https://twitter.com/ericbarreto).


G. Brooke Lester

"Now That You've Flipped Biblical Hebrew…"      10/29/13

G. Brooke Lester, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Scriptures, and Director for Emerging Pedagogies, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

G. Brooke Lester writes on inner-biblical allusion, and his current project is titled Inner-Biblical Allusion: A Phenomenological Approach. He also coordinates digital pedagogy at Garrett-Evangelical, offering a leadership of co-learning in online course design, lesson design, and “cool tools.” Brooke is curator and contributor for Seminarium Blog (Fortress Education) and at his personal site, Anumma. He is @AnummaBrooke on Twitter.


Kwok Pui-lan

"Debating the Black Christ"      10/25/13

Kwok Pui-lan, William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at the Episcopal Divinity School

Kwok Pui-lan is the William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. She has published extensively in Asian feminist theology, biblical interpretation, and postcolonial criticism. Her most recent book is Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude (with Joerg Rieger) you can find it here and follow her on Twitter here.


Greg Carey

"Field Reports in Biblical Studies: A Teaching without Teaching Experiment"      10/22/13

Greg Carey, Professor of Biblical Studies, Lancaster Theological Seminary

Greg Carey is Professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary. A graduate of Rhodes College and Vanderbilt University, Greg serves on the Society of Biblical Literature Career Development Committee and is co-chair of the Society's Rhetoric and the New Testament Section. His most recent books areThe Gospel according to Luke: All Flesh Shall See God's Salvation (Sheffield Phoenix 2012) and Soundings in Cultural Criticism: Perspectives and Methods in Culture, Power, and Identity in New Testament Interpretation (co-editor with Francisco Lozada Jr.; Fortress 2013). As a seminary teacher, Greg aims to help students become proficient public interpreters of scripture. You can find his Huffington Post blogs here follow him on Twitter here.


Wil Gafney

"Learning From Each Other: Hevruta'"       10/18/13

Wil Gafney, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney is an Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. An ordained Episcopal priest, she is a member of the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, PA. Founded in 1792, it is the first Episcopal church in the U.S. founded by and for African Americans. She is also a member of the Dorshei Derekh Reconstructionist Minyan of the Germantown Jewish Centre, in Philadelphia. Dr. Gafney's series of bible studies in Genesis was published in the Abingdon Pastor's Bible Study, Volume III, in 2006. Her monograph, Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel, and the Peoples' Bible, which she co-edited, are available through Fortress Press. A number of Wil's sermons in Jewish and Christian congregations are posted in her blog. Wil also is a blogger on the Huffington Post - follow her writing here. Visit Dr. Gafney's Amazon author page here. And follow her on twitter here .


Grace Ji-Sun Kim

"Using Film to Nurture 'Theology from the Underside'"       10/15/13

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Associate Professor of Doctrinal Theology, Moravian Theological Seminary

Grace lives in Bethlehem, PA with her husband, Dr. Perry Y.C. Lee and their three children Theo, Elisabeth and Joshua. She is the author of three books, The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women's Christology (Pilgrim Press, 2002), The Holy Spirit, Chi and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit (Palgrave Pivot, 2013). Presently, she is working on a biblical commentary on First and Second Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah for the series Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible (Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming). Grace serves on various committees with the American Academy of Religion, and she sits on the editorial board for the Journal for Religion and Popular Culture. Grace was recently ordained as a minister of word and sacrament within the PC (USA) denomination. While on sabbatical, she is presently a visiting researcher at Georgetown University. You can read her blogs at http://gracejisunkim.wordpress.com/ and follow her at https://twitter.com/Gracejisunkim.


Kate Blanchard

"When Good Discussions Go Bad"       10/11/13

Kate Blanchard, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Alma College

Kate is currently on sabbatical near Atlanta doing a collaborative project with Dr. Kevin O'Brien (a friend from her pre-tenure workshop) about Christian ethics and free market environmentalism. When not on sabbatical, she makes her home in Alma, Michigan, with her husband, Rev. Chris Moody, and their son, Gus, a dinosaur and train connoisseur. She has taught at Alma College since graduating from Duke in 2006. She is the author of The Protestant Ethic or the Spirit of Capitalism: Christians, Freedom, and Free Markets (Cascade, 2010) and co-editor of "Lady Parts: Biblical Women and 'The Vagina Monologues,'" which includes six pieces authored by her students. She mouths off now and then at the Huffington Post, and very occasionally tweets at @blanchard_kate.


Lynn Neal

"Quiet Please: Making Space for Silence"       10/8/13

Lynn Neal, Associate Professor of Religion, Wake Forest University

Lynn S. Neal is Associate Professor of Religion at Wake Forest University where she teaches courses in American religious history, religion and popular culture, and religious intolerance.  She is the author of Romancing God: Evangelical Women and Inspirational Fiction (2006), and the co-editor, with John Corrigan, of Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History (2010).


Monica A. Coleman

"Students Teaching each other through Partnership"       10/4/13

Monica A. Coleman is Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions at Claremont School of Theology. 

She is the author or editor of five books, her latest being Ain't I a Womanist Too?: Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought.  When not lecturing or arranging study buddies, she is cooking or cycling.  You can learn more about her at www.MonicaAColeman.com.


Deepak Sarma

"A Model from my Middle School in India: Bhashya, Samvada, and Sadhana (Commentary, Debate, and Attainment)"       10/1/13

Deepak Sarma, Professor of South Asian religions and philosophy at Case Western Reserve University

Deepak Sarma is the author of Classical Indian Philosophy: A Reader (2011), Hinduism: A Reader(2008), Epistemologies and the Limitations of Philosophical Inquiry: Doctrine in Madhva Vedanta(2005) and An Introduction to Madhva Vedanta (2003). He was a guest curator of Indian Kalighat Paintings, an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art. After earning a BA in religion from Reed College, Sarma attended the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he received a PhD in the philosophy of religions. His current reflections concern cultural theory, racism, and post-colonialism. You can find him regularly on Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deepak-sarma/


Karyn Wiseman

"More Meaningful Teaching with Crayons and Play-doh"       9/27/13

Karyn L. Wiseman, Associate Professor of Homiletics at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. 

Karyn is an Elder in The United Methodist Church and has pastored churches for over fifteen years.  Her degree is in Liturgical Studies, with major study in Preaching and the Emerging Church. She is especially interested in engaging the 21st century church for vital ministry, equipping established communities to take on new models for church, and employing postmodern ideas to reengage younger generations in preaching and worship. Her first book, I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon: Engaging the 21st Century Listener, is being published by Pilgrim Press and releases this fall. She is a self-proclaimed huge social media geek – having a presence on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. You can read her blog at http://texaspreacherponderings.blogspot.com/ her Huffington Post columns at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karyn-l-wiseman-phd/ and her tweets on https://twitter.com/txpreach


Eugene Gallagher

"On Not Lecturing"       9/24/13

Eugene V. Gallagher, Rosemary Park Professor of Religious Studies, Connecticut College

Gene has been at Connecticut College since the early Bronze Age and has taught courses on scripture, Western religious traditions from antiquity to the present, new religious movements and theories of religion.  He lives in Mystic, CT with his wife, Jennifer, a health care executive and two Havanese, Javier and Lucy, who are sources of endless amusement.  His daughter Maggie, a college junior, now views home as her country place.  Outside of the classroom, his greatest privilege and most rewarding experience has been working with the Wabash Center in a number of capacities, including serving as Associate Editor of Teaching Theology and Religion.  He has written numerous articles on ancient Mediterranean religions and on new religious movements in the U. S.  He has published four books, including Why Waco? Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America (with James D. Tabor) and has just finished the manuscript for New Bibles: Reading and Writing Scripture in New Religious Movements.  When not working, he likes to be on, in, or under the water. 

Roger Nam


Blog Moderator

Roger Nam, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, George Fox Seminary

A California native, Roger lives in Lake Oswego, Ore., with his with his wife, Samantha, and their two sons, Jared and Asher. As California transplants, they freely complain about the lack of sunshine, while secretly loving the cuisine, culture and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Roger works primarily on understanding the nature of economy in the ancient Near East, particularly as reflected in biblical and extra-biblical texts. He works secondarily on Late Bronze Age civilizations, social scientific approaches to the Bible and inner-biblical exegesis. His doctoral work was at UCLA in Near Eastern Languages and Culture; he has authored Portrayals of Economic Exchange in the Book of Kings (Leiden: Brill, 2012) and is presently writing a book on the economies of Judah during the Persian period. Before entering the academic field of biblical studies, he was a pastor at Choong Hyun Presbyterian Church in Seoul, Korea (1994-1996), and a financial analyst at Maxim Integrated Products (1997-2000). Find him at http://www.georgefox.edu/seminary/faculty/bio/roger-nam.html

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