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2011-12 Teaching and Learning Workshop for
Pre-Tenure Asian & Asian American Religion and Theology Faculty

Application Deadline was January 14, 2011
Applications were accepted through January 18, 2011

First Session: July 18-23, 2011 (Wabash College)
Second Session: January 26-29, 2012 (Corpus Christi, Texas)
Third Session: June 25-30, 2012 (Wabash College)

Leadership Team
Kwok Pui-Lan, Episcopal Divinity School (Director)
Zayn Kassam, Pomona College
Tat-siong Benny Liew, Pacific School of Religion
David K. Yoo, UCLA
Thomas Pearson, Wabash Center

Patrick Cheng, Episcopal Divinity School
Courtney Goto, Boston University School of Theology
Himanee Gupta-Carlson, State University of New York Empire State College
Aysha Hidayatullah, University of San Francisco
Tamara Ho, University of California - Riverside
Andrea Jain, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Simon Lee, Andover Newton Theological School
Bo Lim, Seattle Pacific University
Martin Nguyen, Fairfield University
Keun-Joo Christine Pae, Denison University
Peter Vethanayagamony, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Lily Vuong, Valdosta State University
Karen Yonemoto, Claremont McKenna College

• Pre-tenure, full-time, tenure-track status or other continuing appointment
• Teaching religion or theology at an accredited college, university, seminary or theological school in the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada (field of specialization open)
• Doctoral degree in hand at the time of application
• Final tenure decision date no earlier than Spring 2012
• Commitment to full participation from the opening to closing for all three workshop sessions
Read our Policy on Full Participation (click here)  

This workshop intends to gather 14 faculty, drawn from diverse religious specializations, in their first years of teaching, for a week during two successive summers and for a weekend winter retreat in a warm location. As a learning community of committed and skilled teachers, this workshop will explore such topics as:

  • Issues particularly germane to the pedagogy and politics of faculty of Asian descent in the academy
  • Vocation, career, and becoming a fulfilled, engaged teacher/scholar
  • Teaching and thriving in one's institutional context
  • Course design, assignments, learning goals and assessment
  • Dealing with religious, social, ethnic, racial, and learning diversities in the classroom
  • Issues of tenure preparation

Workshop Goals

  • To invite participants into formal and informal dialogue about existing and needed habits and practices of teaching from the perspectives of professors of Asian descent
  • To create an environment to speak honestly about the politics and pressures of teaching and learning in higher education in intra- and multi-racial/cultural contexts
  • To foster collaborative projects and conversation that will facilitate experimentation for better teaching
  • To develop a reflective practice, both individually and communally, about vocation, identity, and well being that incorporates the rigors of scholarship, teaching and leadership as tenure is being considered

Participants will receive a stipend of $3,400 for full participation in the three sessions, plus local expenses and travel.

Please Note: U.S. Law prohibits the Wabash Center from paying stipends to participants with certain classes of foreign national status. The Wabash Center is, however, able to reimburse ALL participants for travel and other expenses.   Immigration status has no bearing on the Wabash Center's selection of participants. It impacts only our ability to pay these participants a stipend. We deeply regret these restrictions but are confident that participants who are not eligible for a stipend will nonetheless find our programs valuable even without a stipend.
Read More (click here)

Follow-up Summer Fellowship or Grant
All participants are eligible to apply for a research fellowship or a research grant to advance their professional development as teaching scholars. These awards are for five weeks of dedicated research and writing during the second summer of the workshop.
Pre-Tenure Workshop Summer Grant and Fellowship Program

More Information
Thomas Pearson, Associate Director
Wabash Center
301 West Wabash Ave.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Wabash Center 301 W. Wabash Avenue Crawfordsville, Indiana 47933 wabashcenter@wabash.edu
(765)361-6047 phone (800) 655-7117 toll-free (765)361-6051 fax

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