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Pedagogies of Justice and Care in Liminal Times – Virtual AAR & SBL Session

December 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Wabash Center Virtual Session #2 at 2020 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings

A 90-minute session for early career faculty teaching in a range of higher educational contexts. Early career faculty courses are often expected to adhere stringently to disciplinary canons and institutional ethos norms regardless of world events, national happenings, or social movements. 

At the same time, early career faculty are often expected to be the nimblest, most adept, most technologically savvy, and most able to adjust to complicated teaching tasks, yet they rarely have more than a little experience with teaching in higher education. In addition, they often find an abundance of expectations related to peer responsibilities like advising, mentoring, teaching, service to the institution through committees, and scholarship. Teaching during uncertain times can make teaching more difficult, even overwhelming. Justice and care for students and faculty in liminal times is often in short supply and finding practices and strategies of incorporating real time goings-on can be daunting. This session will attend to a range of topics and questions related to pedagogies of justice and care for the early career colleague.    


Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield, The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion


  • Shehnaz Haqqani, Mercer University – Macon
  • Christine Hong, Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Sara Ronis, St. Mary’s University, Texas
  • Ben Sanders, Eden Theological Seminary
  • Lisa Thompson, Vanderbilt University Divinity School

Panelists will respond to such questions and topics as:

  • What’s the alternative in social upheaval to pretending all is the same? 
  • What pedagogies of care might be employed in contested spaces and liminal times?
  • How does one attend to student resistance and fear when engaging justice concerns and topics?
  • What strategies of listening can support teaching during upheaval within or beyond the institutional context?
  • How does one prepare one’s self to teach while the world is shifting?
  • What does it mean for an early career scholar to read the institutional politics when the institution is, itself, in crisis?
  • What is the role of educational imagination and design when creating syllabi in uncertain times?


December 7
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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