Mid-Career African American Faculty

Salon 1 – Mid-Career African American Faculty

Leadership Team

Dr. Willie James Jennings, Yale Divinity School

Dr. Carolyn Medine, University of Georgia


African American Faculty; 5 years in the profession to mid- and late-career faculty teaching in Colleges, Universities, or Theological Schools

Application Deadline

July 15, 2020 via MyWabash Application Portal

Description & Goals

This salon will focus on teaching about and about being part of at-risk black communities in this moment.


1. Reflect imaginatively and critically upon the effects of the pandemic on teaching practices, institutional realities and the vocation of teaching

2.(Re)Design new syllabi, course sessions, and learning activities that directly attend to issues of student and societal trauma: Though we may do actual syllabus and assignment designs, we want to focus on the question of what redesign means at this moment. We would like to think about redesign in the sense of belonging and finding authentic voice. Our question is: How does what is authentically us come through given this new reality?

3. Nurture a sense of belonging for self and other colleagues in community

4. Hear their own authentic voice in teaching

Dates & Times

We would like to meet on Thursday mornings, breaking up the sessions into two times a month after one 3-hour opening session:

Session 1: Thursday, September 3 (10:30 am-1:30 pm, Eastern)

Session 2: Thursday September 17 and Thursday, October 1 (10:30 am-12:00 pm, Eastern)

Session 3: Thursday, October 15 and Thursday, October 29 (10:30 am-12:00 pm, Eastern)

Session 4: Thursday, November 12 and Thursday, December 3 (10:30 am-12:00 pm, Eastern)

Session 5: Thursday, January 7, 2021 and Thursday, January 28 (10:30 am-12:00 pm, Eastern)

Session 6: Thursday, February 11 and Thursday, February 25 (10:30 am-12:00 pm, Eastern)

Session 7: Thursday, March 25 (we are accounting for spring breaks in mid-March) and Thursday, April 15 (10:30 am-12:00 pm, Eastern)

Additional session, if necessary: Thursday, April 29 (10:30-12:00, Eastern)

Final Face-to-Face Meeting – Monday-Wednesday, June 28-30, 2021, Indianapolis, Indiana

Directions to apply to a Wabash Center Digital Salon

Login to myWabash
Select: Digital Salon
Select: *Name of Preferred Salon*
The application for the Digital Salons consists of these parts:

I. Contact Information Form & Agreement to Policy on Full Participants
II. Application Documents

1. An introductory letter that describes the challenges and opportunities at your institution regarding your teaching, scholarship, and/or service (200 words).

2. Describe a significant teaching moment wherein your identity impacted your pedagogy (300 words.)

3. Academic CV (4 page limit)

III. Letter of Institutional Support
A letter of institutional support is required for your application.  The online form will prompt you to provide:  reference name, title, school, relationship to applicant, number of years in relationship, and email address for the person who will be writing your letter of  support. This person will receive an email with instructions and a link to upload this confidential letter into the application system.  This request should be made prior to the submission of your application materials. 
For Digital Salons – Letters of support may come from an institutional colleague or supervisor; the letter can also come from a colleague from another institution, for example, a colleague you met at a Wabash workshop or colloquy. In either instance, the person must be able to speak to your ability to participate fully and generatively in a collaborative conversation on teaching and the teaching life.

Application Deadline
July 15, 2020

Questions about the Salons?
Dr. Paul O. Myhre
Senior Associate Director


Participants in the Salons will receive an honorarium of $3,000 for full participation in the online Salon meetings and the culminating meeting in Indianapolis on June 28-20, 2021.

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