Wabash Center Grant Program The Wabash Center provides funds for projects that enhance teaching and learning in the fields of religion and theological studies as taught in colleges, universities, and theological schools. Routinely, we fund projects that focus on: improving teaching and learning practices in and beyond the classroom; nurturing ...
Workshops and Colloquies Each year Wabash launches a new set of workshops (for early career faculty) and colloquies (on specified topics, for mid-career faculty) that meet regularly throughout the year. Read more Round Tables The aim of the Round Table gathering is to shape a conversation that will be inter-generational, ...
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Scholarship on Teaching
Annotated links to books, articles, and websites about teaching in Theology and Religion Book Reviewsreviews of books about teaching in higher education Podcastsvarious podcast series Syllabus Collectionsyllabi submitted by faculty The Wabash Center Journal on Teaching0pen-access, free-online Teaching Online for COVID-19resources, advice, and support Browse Topics How ...
Peer Mentoring Clusters Grants Application Opens: December 18, 2023 Application Deadline: March 20, 2024 Peer Mentoring Cluster Grants support the development of small groups of peers whose interactions enrich and strengthen teaching and the teaching life. The grants, awarded in amounts up to $10,000, serve full-time BIPOC faculty who teach Religion or Theology at ...
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."
What I am learning from sabbatical this time…
I am currently on sabbatical. I am grateful for a little time to be excused from meetings and classes, to devote to my own rest and creative research. I recognize the privilege of teaching at an institution that has regular sabbaticals for all teaching faculty (thank you, Columbia Theological Seminary!), ...
Carrying Water: Pedagogical Ritual in Practice
In her series of blog posts, “What Ritual Does,” Itihari Y. Toure elucidates the potential of ritual for teaching – reminding us of how ritual engenders “communal learning,” “extends the depth of our imagination,” brings us “into a divine dance,” and functions as a “restorying” activism. I am a witness: ritual ...
Teaching Through Façade
“I see you!” is a trending colloquialism. It is prevalent on social media and tv commercials. Think Google Pixel commercials featuring Druski, Jason Tatum, Giannis, and other NBA and WNBA stars. “ I see you” says you are doing the do, handling your business. “I see you” is different from pejorative ...
An “A” Teacher
I think we all have met them at one point in our educational lives. I call them “A” teachers because they hold certain qualities as educators. I saw it in Mrs. Akiyama, my second-grade teacher who, by some stroke of good fortune, I had as my third-grade teacher too. You ...
Assignment Ideas for Mystical Texts: Part Three
In addition to the general tips on teaching mysticism presented in the previous blog posts (part 1 & part 2), I would like to share some in-class and writing assignments I have used when teaching ʻAṭṭār’s The Conference of the Birds. One of the most successful in-class activities ...
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 “...
Transforming Adults Through Coaching (New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, Number 148)
Coaching has grown exponentially as a professional practice and as a discipline in recent years. According to the International Coach Federation (ICF), the number of coaches worldwide increased from some 30,000 in 2008 to 47,000 in 2012. Coaches assist individuals with a variety of vocational and personal issues in both public and private sector ...
Learning, Development and Education: From Learning Theory to Education and Practice
There can be no question that understanding (implicit or explicit) learning theory undergirds effective teaching. This is especially true when instructional topics become confusing or diverge from the common experience of students. Many of the topics students encounter as they study theology and religion fall into this category, and it ...
Mentoring: Biblical, Theological, and Practical Perspectives
In Mentoring: Biblical, Theological, and Practical Perspectives, Thompson and Murchison provide a thoughtful collection of essays on Christian mentorship. As a whole, this collection contributes to the growing body of scholarly work on mentoring by offering “windows on mentoring that are biblically grounded, theologically informed, communally diverse, and generationally attentive” (3). ...
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.