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 ...
Different Kinds of Gatherings: Summer Workshops and Colloquies Applications due January 15 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 ...
Books, Articles, Syllabi, and Websites to Support Teachers of Theology and Religion The Wabash Center Journal on Teaching Wabash Center's Journal Browse or search for published articles, submit a manuscript for publication, read content available for free download, subscribe. Read more Scholarship about Teaching SoTL Books, articles and websites about ...
Consultants for Faculty Conversations on Teaching and Learning 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 ...
Scholarship on Teaching
Annotated links to books, articles, and websites about teaching in higher education Send Comments and Suggestions: Nancy Lynne Westfield, Director, Wabash Center 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 ...
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."
How is Where the Classroom Is
I have a confession to make. When everything moved online in the spring I detested everyone in every Zoom class and work meeting in which I participated. Okay, I didn’t quite detest my students and colleagues, but there was great resentment there. I hated working from home. Always have. ...
Throughout the spring and summer, from my porch, and in the comfort of my rocking chair, I had noticed bats feeding on insects under the street light. Then, on Sunday night, a bat came into my house. Sitting up in bed, reading on my iPad, I was enjoying an uneventful ...
A Muted Professor for a Change
In Luke 1:20, an angel named Gabriel informs the priest Zechariah that he will remain mute during his wife Elizabeth’s pregnancy. Zechariah’s mistake was to doubt Gabriel’s announcement that they would have a child despite decades of infertility. Perhaps Gabriel made a mistake by reacting harshly to a ...
Let’s Start at the Very Beginning: Structural Inequality Actually is a Thing
The first time that I taught a graduate-level class where anti-oppression work was a primary component of the learning, I made a major blunder. I structured the class with materials and exercises assuming that students understood that racism, sexism, and other forms of structural injustice based on identity categories and ...
To Teach Collaboratively or Not?
Throughout my twenty-five plus years of teaching I have most often declined opportunities to “team teach” (the terminology used in my institution) in the historically and predominantly white seminary I have spent the longest part of my teaching career. Why? Two primary reasons. First, I was the only full-time African ...
Introduction to Biblical Literature
A 2020 course by Amenti Sujai at Allen University offers "an overview of the Bible, its themes, and narratives. East African Hebrew narrative tradition, proverbs, and parables are covered for relevance to today’s social, economic, gender, and spiritual challenges of the human condition and in modern society.
Jesus, Peter, Paul, and Mary: The Beginnings of Christianity
A 2018 course by Susanna Drake at Macalester College examines "the diverse literature of the New Testament along with some other early Christian texts that did not become part of the Christian 'canon.'" The course highlights how these texts have been understood within selected traditions within the United States.
Islamic Movements and Modernities
A 2020 course by Peter Gottschalk at Weslyan University "endeavors . . .To understand the dynamics of specific Islamic movements;. . . To appreciate the diversity among Muslims and their socio-political contexts; and. . . To critically explore and question the meaning of 'modernity' and consider the possibility of multiple modernities."
A 2020 course by Steven Weitzman at the University of Pennsylvania asks "What is the value of studying religion in a higher education setting? How does one bridge between a critical approach to religion and the beliefs of one’s students? The course will broach these and other questions through readings ...
Womanist Theological Ethics: Deconstructing White Supremacist Space
A 2019 course by Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan at Seminary of the Southwest "engages multiple texts, scripture, literature, film, music, socio-political movements, and art to explore the violent system that grounds theological, psycho-socio-economic, and political oppression: white supremacist patriarchal misogyny, and the resulting intergenerational trauma, from a Womanist theological ethics perspective."
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 “...
"Teaching the Canon and Cannon Formation as Incarnation and Conjure:
Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon as Womanist Mentor and Muse"
Written by her first doctoral student, this essay is a tribute to the legacy and lessons of Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon (1950-2018), the progenitor of womanist ethics. The author embraces Cannon’s signature womanist embodied pedagogy, which takes embodiment as a Black woman seriously and serves as a paradigm for ...
"Creating Our Better Selves: The Fruits of Katie Cannon’s Womanist Pedagogy"
Katie Geneva Cannon equipped generations of students with analytical tools to reckon with the past and present and to creatively construct previously unimaginable futures. Her body of work teaches us to find new paths as we critically plumb our own historically situated epistemologies and put them in conversation with a ...
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.