Application deadline: January 15, 2014
July 14-19, 2014 - First Summer Session at Wabash College
January 22-25, 2015 - Winter Session at Mustang Island
June 8-13, 2015 - Second Summer Session at Wabash College
Evelyn Parker, Perkins School of Theology
Michael Bourgeois, Emmanuel College, Toronto
Francisco Lozada Jr., Brite Divinity School
Damayanthi Niles, Eden Theological Seminary
Paul Myhre, Wabash Center
- Teaching in an accredited seminary or theological school in the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada
- Pre-tenure in a tenure-track position (with tenure decision no earlier than spring 2015) or in the first 3-4 years of a first appointment
- Ph.D or comparable degree completed at time of application
- Committed to full participation from the opening to closing of 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 are interested in exploring the following:
- An understanding of the philosophy and practice of the teaching profession
- The importance of developing collegial relationships that enrich one’s professional and academic life
- How to negotiate issues of power and authority within the institution
- How issues of diversity – cultural, racial, religious, gender normativity, and others – influence one’s teaching role within the institution and the larger academic world
- The changing situation of theological education today and consequent demands on educators
- The importance of balancing work and play as an integral part of the teaching vocation
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.
The workshop will equip participants to:
- Reflect critically on teaching philosophies and practices
- Foster relationships that will support and sustain participants over the year of the workshop and beyond
- Fashion unique identities as teachers
- Understand and navigate institutional cultures
1. Application Information form (including your agreement to the Policy on Participation)
2. Cover letter
3. Brief written statement in response to the following prompt
4. Academic CV (4-page limit)
- Why do you want to participate in this workshop? (250 words)
- How do your contexts and commitments inform your teaching philosophy and practices? (250 words)
5. Letter of recommendation from your dean, principal, or rector, demonstrating institutional support for your participation in this workshop and describing your interest and skills as a teacher. Please have this signed letter sent directly to you on institutional letterhead. Scan and upload it with the rest of your application materials. There is no expectation that the letter is confidential.
Click here to apply online (complete the Application Information Form and attach all documents).
Participants will receive a stipend of $3,400 for full participation in the three sessions, plus local expenses and travel. We are prevented from 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 $5,000 fellowship or grant to advance their professional development as teaching scholars. These awards are for five weeks of dedicated work during summer 2015 (not inlcuding the week of the workshop).
Read more about the Workshop Summer Fellowship and Grant Program
Paul Myhre, Associate Director
301 West Wabash Ave.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933