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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Ph.D. Enrichment Grant

Awarded Grant
Quarles, Charles|Pratt, Jacob
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Theological School
2017
Topics: Gathering Faculty across Institutions   |   Preparing Graduate Students to Teach   |   Assessment

Proposal abstract :
The PhD program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary – SEBTS - currently has approximately 210 students enrolled. Although an impressive number of the graduates of the program are teaching effectively in a wide range of institutions, the seminary constantly seeks to improve its training of the next generation of theological educators. As a part of this endeavor, the seminary wishes to convene a group of recent graduates from the PhD program to the campus in Wake Forest, North Carolina for an intensive brainstorming session. These graduates are currently serving as faculty and/or administrators at Christian liberal arts institutions. These graduates will serve as consultants who will 1) assess the PhD program based on their experience in it, 2) identify ways in which the program can better prepare graduates to teach in settings similar to the ones in which they currently serve, and 3) suggest strategies for improving the PhD program.

Learning Abstract :
On April 26-28, 2018, the Ph.D. Studies office at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) hosted five of the program's graduates who are currently teaching effectively in a wide range of institutions in order to improve its training of the next generation of theological educators. Driving toward our desired end of improving the program's ability to equip students for teaching in higher education, our presenting question for the consultation was, "How can the Ph.D. program of SEBTS better train graduates to teach effectively in Christian liberal arts institutions?" During the meeting we sought to accomplish the following goals: 1) Identify ways in which the Ph.D. program at SEBTS can better train instructors to teach effectively in the 21st century; 2) Identify ways in which the Ph.D. program at SEBTS can prepare graduates for the types of contexts in which they will be placed; 3) Develop strategies by which SEBTS can improve the quality of the Ph.D. program in general.
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