Workshops and Colloquies Each summer Wabash launches a new set of workshops (for early career faculty) and colloquies (on specified topics, for mid-career faculty) that meet for a week during 2 successive summers. Read more Conferences by Invitation Although most of our programming is designed for smaller groups, we also have ...
Wabash Center Grant Program The Wabash Center provides funds for activities that enhance teaching and learning in the fields of religious and theological studies as taught in colleges, universities, and theological schools. We fund projects that focus on at least one of three areas: improving teaching and learning practices encouraging ...
Books, Articles, Syllabi, and Websites to Support Teachers of Theology and Religion New Resources in the Collection Teaching Justice Teaching Online Books Recommended Reading The Wabash Center's Journal On Teaching Read and Download the Latest Issue Anti-Racist Teaching Webinar Series These seven illuminating conversations between Nancy Lynne Westfield, Ph.D., ...
List of Consultants
Consultants Available To Facilitate Faculty Conversations Wabash Center consultants are faculty and administrators drawn from a variety of colleges, universities, and theological schools. Our consultants have a depth of experience with issues of faculty development and ways to strengthen the classroom experience. We pair consultants with a school's written request ...
Wabash Center Blogs Engage our bloggers on a wide range of topics in teaching religion and theology in North America today. Controversies. Challenges. Goals. Contexts. and Students. Critical reflection on what's happening in the classroom, why, and ideas for designing interventions important for student learning. Sign-up to receive email alerts ...
Weird Religion: A Podcast (Podcast Series)
Podcast Series. A podcast for people who know religion is weird, but love it anyway. Your hosts, Leah Payne and Brian Doak, are both professors, authors, and pop culture aficionados, whose interests range from archaeology and history and linguistics to LARPing and The Walking Dead. Episodes tackle some piece of ...
Teaching In Higher Ed (Podcast Series)
This podcast, hosted by Bonni Stachowiak, airs weekly. The podcast focuses on topics such as excellence in teaching, instructional design, open education, diversity and inclusion, productivity, creativity in teaching, educational technology, and blended learning.
What's the Difference between Assessment and Evaluation?
Handy 1-page summary of difference between grades and assessment, from the Duke University website.
Times Higher Education (Podcast Series)
Podcast Series. In each podcast the editors provide a review of the current issue of "Times Higher Education."
Students Quilt Identity in a Philosophy of Religion Classroom
A quilt is an extraordinarily familiar and surprisingly profound item. Owned by many, quilts are remarkable cultural artifacts—a factor not lost on many of our students, who are from a region with a rich history of quilting. In the Fall of 2019, I asked my students to create a community ...
Part 2: Art as the Pivot Art in the Classroom
During the past year and a half of the pandemic, the uprisings for racial justice, the continued fight for LGBTQIATS justice, the struggle for the rights of immigrants, and the global impact of climate change, I discovered an urgency in myself to create and to grow things as a way ...
Teaching on the Pivot: Art Is Everywhere
Dear Wabash Blog Readers~ Welcome to our blogosphere innovation for the beginning of this new school year. For the month of September, we will offer Dr. Hong’s masterful reflection on powerful, creative pedagogical pivots that she made in a course in the Spring Semester. Log on every Wednesday of ...
Challenging Risk Averse Students
In the late 1970s, the summer day camp hosted by my church was filled with children grades 1 to 6. The counselors, including me and my best friend Michele, were high school aged people. I taught Nature Studies and Michele taught Spanish. Along with these two subjects, the campers also took classes ...
Teaching as Activism
On March 30, 2020, Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man, died a week after being pinned to the ground by police officers in Rochester, New York, where our school is located. This incident sparked protests, with some former and current students serving as public street chaplains, providing prayers and spiritual support and ...
Sociology of Religion
This 2021 course by Chelsea Starr at Eastern New Mexico University is an introduction to the basic perspectives with which sociologists analyze the relationship between religion and society. Explores the social processes at work in congregations and denominations, new religious movements, conversion/deconversion, religious identity, secularization, minority religions, inequalities and religion, ...
Around a Religious Text: The Bhagavadgītā
A 2020 course by Manasicha Akepiyapornchai at Cornell University "explores the Bhagavadgītā in different aspects to answer the question of how powerful a religious text can be. We will discuss how translations, commentaries, biographies, and scholarly sources shape the Bhagavadgītā and contribute to its popularity in the premodern and ...
Missional Church and Leadership
A 2021 course by Mark Lau Branson at Fuller Theological Seminary is a "practical theology course that engages biblical, theological, and practical matters in ecclesiology and leadership."
A 2020 course by Andrew Monteith at Elon University is "designed to familiarize students with Christian history, with the key topics which have been relevant to assorted Christians, and with the diversity that falls under the umbrella term 'Christianity.'"
Irreligious and Secular Religion
A 2020 course by Andrew Monteith at Elon University "investigates traditions that—in many cases—would not identify themselves as 'religion,' or which attempt to reject 'religion' as a concept. Examples of such traditions include New Atheism, Satanism, the veneration of social and political systems, Scientology, and even some religions ...
Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities
A curated collection of reusable resources for teaching and research. Organized by keyword, each annotated artifact (teaching strategy) can be saved, shared, and downloaded.
"Crossing the Threshold by Unlearning the “Truth” in Biblical Studies"
This short essay describes a teaching strategy that addresses two of the threshold concepts named by John Van Maaren in his essay “Transformative Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge: Toward a Threshold Concept Framework for Biblical Studies,” also published in this issue of the journal.
"All Interpretations Are Subjective"
This short essay describes a teaching strategy that addresses a key threshold concept in undergraduate biblical studies courses – how an interpreter’s location within a particular tradition influences that interpreter’s understanding of biblical texts about gender, sex, and sexuality. It is a companion essay to John Van Maaren’s “...
Eric, Kate & Roger Discuss Online Education
A conversation about the benefits, possibilities, and challenges of teaching online with Dr. Roger Nam of George Fox University, Dr. Eric Barreto of Luther Seminary, and Dr. Kate Blanchard of Alma College.
Eric, Kate & Roger Discuss Scholarship & Teaching
A conversation about scholarship and teaching with Dr. Roger Nam of George Fox University, Dr. Eric Barreto of Luther Seminary, and Dr. Kate Blanchard of Alma College.
The Wabash Center at AAR/SBL 2016 (part 1 of 2)
Teachers and scholars of theology and religion speak about what The Wabash Center has done to help them with their work. See you at AAR/SBL 2016!.
Eric, Kate & Roger Discuss How to Give Final Exams
As finals week draws near, Dr. Roger Nam of George Fox University, Dr. Eric Barreto of Luther Seminary, and Dr. Kate Blanchard of Alma College discuss how they, as teachers and educators of theology and religion, prepare to give final exams.
Eric, Kate & Roger Discuss How to Dress for the Front of the Classroom
A practical conversation about what to wear in front of the classroom with Dr. Roger Nam of George Fox University, Dr. Eric Barreto of Luther Seminary, and Dr. Kate Blanchard of Alma College.