Application deadline: January 15, 2014
July 21-26, 2014 - First Summer Session at Wabash College
January 15-18, 2015 - Winter Session at Mustang Island
June 22-27, 2015 - Second Summer Session at Wabash College
Richard Ascough, School of Religion at Queen's University
Katherine (Trina) Janiec Jones, Wofford College
Nami Kim, Spelman College
Carolyn Jones Medine, University of Georgia
Thomas Pearson, Wabash Center
- Teaching undergraduates in an accredited college or university religion, religious studies or theology department 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 in religious or theological studies 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 to explore teaching and learning topics, such as:
- 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
The workshop balances plenary sessions with small group discussions, individual and collaborative work, and structured and unstructured social time, and will introduce participants to the Wabash Center teaching resources.
- To create an environment for collaboration and conversation around teaching and learning
- To explore how teaching maps onto institutional context and intersects with institutional dynamics
- To develop reflective, intentional, and sustainable practices that negotiate the relationship between teaching and research, and engage the broader roles of institutional citizens and public intellectuals
- To provide opportunity for participants to develop teaching skills and to explore and share teaching resources, strategies, and elements of course design
1. Application Information form (including your agreement to the Policy on Participation)
2. Letter of application (two pages or less) that describes briefly your teaching context, addresses why you want to be in the workshop, including what you hope to get out of it and what you might contribute to it.
3. Brief written statement in response to the following prompts:
- Describe and analyze an opportunity you have had for collaborative learning and your perceptions of its effectiveness (500 words or less)
- Why am I a teacher? (25 words or less – about the length of a tweet)
4. Academic CV (4-page limit)
5. Letter of recommendation from your department chair, dean, or senior colleague describing two things: your interests and skills as a teacher and how you will contribute to and benefit from the workshop. Have the signed letter sent directly to you on institutional letterhead and include 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
Workshop 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 including the week of the workshop.)
Read more about the Workshop Summer Fellowship and Grant Program
Thomas Pearson, Associate Director
301 West Wabash Ave.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933