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2012-13 Teaching and Learning Workshop for
Pre-Tenure Theological School Faculty

July 9-14, 2012 (Wabash College)
January 24-27, 2013 (Corpus Christi, Texas)
June 24-29, 2013 (Wabash College)

Leadership Team
Joretta Marshall, Director, Brite Divinity School
Bruce Fields, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Willie James Jennings, Duke Divinity School
Mai-Anh Le Tran, Eden Theological Seminary
Thomas Pearson, Wabash Center

Moses O. Biney, New York Theological Seminary
Catherine C. Bowler, Duke Divinity School
Andy Draycott, Talbot School of Theology/Biola University
Terri Elton, Luther Seminary
Leah T. Gunning Francis, Eden Theological Seminary
David Yoon-Jung Kim, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Amy Bentley Lamborn, General Theological Seminary
G. Brooke Lester, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Kirsten Oh, Azusa Pacific University
Angela H. Reed, George W. Truett Theological Seminary
John Senior, Wake Forest University
Raynard D Smith, New Brunswick Theological Seminary
Elizabeth Yao-Hwa Sung, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Carla Works, Wesley Theological Seminary


  • Pre-tenure, full-time tenure-track status, or other continuing position
  • Teaching in an accredited seminary or theological school in the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada
  • Doctoral degree completed at the time of application
  • Final tenure decision date no earlier than Spring 2013
  • Commitment to full participation from the opening to closing for all three workshop sessions

Read our Policy on Participation

This workshop will gather 14 faculty in their first years of teaching for a week in two successive summers and a weekend winter retreat in a warm location. The purpose of the workshop is to create a community of committed and skilled teachers who will explore the following:

  • Strategies for effective teaching
  • Course design, assignments, and assessment
  • Teaching in one's institutional context
  • Dealing with religious, social, ethnic, racial, and learning diversities in the classroom
  • Balancing the competing demands of teaching, scholarship, service, and personal life
  • Issues of tenure preparation

To this end, the workshop balances plenary sessions with small group discussions and workshop sessions, structured and unstructured social time, and time for relaxation, exercise, meditation, restoration, and lots of good food and drink.

Workshop Goals
Participants are invited to:

  • Reflect on the composition of a teaching life
  • Explore the design of transformative learning experiences
  • Learn to interpret contextual dynamics and imagine ways to respond to challenges in theological institutions
  • Experience the joy of engaging the classroom as hospitable space
  • Cultivate a communal sensibilty of the intellectual life as theological educators

Participants will receive a stipend of $3,400 for full participation in the three sessions, plus local expenses and travel. We are limited in paying stipends to participants who are teaching in the U.S. under an H-1B visa.
Read More about Stipend Payments

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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