Applications deadline is January 15, 2014
July 7-12, 2014 - First Summer Session at Wabash College
January 8-11, 2015 - Winter Session at Mustang Island
June 15-20, 2015 - Second Summer Session at Wabash College
Willie James Jennings, Duke Divinity School
Teresa Fry Brown, Candler School of Theology
Diane Grace Chen, Palmer Theological Seminary
Lisa Hess, United Theological Seminary, Dayton
Paul Myhre, Wabash Center
Read our Policy on Participation
- Teaching full-time in an accredited seminary or theological school in the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada
- Minimun of 10 years teaching experience and at least 2 years post-tenure
- Committed to full participation from the opening to closing of all three colloquy sessions
This colloquy will gather 14 faculty in the middle of their teaching careers to consider “The Art of the Teaching Life.” The purpose of the colloquy is to create a community of committed and skilled teachers to explore how their understanding of the teaching life might be deepened by imagining its form through the identities and realities of artists. This colloquy is not designed necessarily for those in the arts, rather for teachers who want to creatively consider their work in light of the artistic imagination and are at the point of asking:
- What are the projects that I am prepared to imagine that will demand all my wisdom, experience, and skill?
- Where do I want to take my students? Are there new places I want them to go within the art of teaching?
- What is my unique contribution to the classroom, my discipline, and my institution?
- How can I chart my own vision of the teaching life in terms of pedagogy, scholarship, and institutional involvement?
- Do I have interest in a greater leadership role?
The colloquy 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 overarching goal of the colloquy will be to engage in sustained reflection on the teaching life in terms of our work in the classroom, our scholarship, and citizenship in our theological institution. We will do this through:
- Reflecting carefully on the teacher as artist by considering the formation of artists, noting the parallels, differences, and points of convergence
- Comparing pedagogical form to artistic form by considering the best practices available in teaching and learning in relation to various artistic media (e.g. acting, dancing, oratory, singing, playing an instrument, painting, sculpting, and other forms of crafting)
- Exploring the mentoring, nurturing, facilitating, and directing characteristics of a "life that teaches" by comparing the embodied wisdom of a teacher with the intimate relation of the artist and her art
- Exploring the significance of a "life with students," and the necessary relationships for sustaining such an "exposed" life in an institutional setting
1. Application Information form (including your agreement to the Policy on Participation)
2. Cover letter responding to one of the questions in the colloquy description, stating why it speaks to you and why you want to be in the colloquy (1 page).
3. Brief written statement in response to the following prompts (500-750 words)
• What gives you life in teaching and what takes life from your teaching?
• How do you nurture what gives life and navigate what doesn’t?
4. Academic CV (4-page limit)
5. Letter of recommendation from your dean, principal, or rector, demonstrating institutional support for your participation in this colloquy and describing your 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
Participants will be eligible to apply for a colloquy project grant of $1,000 to augment the work of the colloquy. Details will be provided during the colloquy.
Associate Director, Wabash Center
301 West Wabash Ave.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933