2019-20 Early Career Workshop

2019-20 Teaching and Learning Workshop for

Early Career Religion Faculty Teaching Undergraduates

Applications due January 15, 2019


This workshop will gather 14 early career faculty members from diverse scholarly specializations and institutional contexts (primarily teaching undergraduates), for a week in each of two successive summers and a winter weekend retreat. As a collaborative learning cohort of teacher-scholars, we will explore such topics as:

• Relationship between scholarship and teaching
• Professional and personal life in institutional context
• Implications of intersectionality in the classroom
• Course design and assessment
• Issues of technology in education
• Fellowship project design

The workshop balances plenary sessions with small group discussions, individual and collaborative work, access to the Wabash Center teaching resources, as well as structured and unstructured social time.


  • First session:
    July 8-13, 2019, Wabash College
  • Second session:
    January 16-19, 2020, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Third session:
    June 15-20, 2020, Wabash College

Leadership Team

  • Bernadette McNary-Zak, Director
    Rhodes College
  • Swasti Bhattacharyya
    Buena Vista University
  • Steven Ramey
    University of Alabama
  • David A. Sánchez
    Loyola Marymount University, LA
  • Thomas Pearson
    Wabash Center

Workshop Goals

  • Create a collaborative learning cohort of teacher-scholars 
  • Develop the practice of critical reflection on teaching
  • Articulate the relevance of our courses inside and outside the academy
  • Explore strategies for thriving in institutional and personal contexts


  • 2-5 years of teaching in a tenure-track, contingency, or continuing position
  • Teaching in an accredited college or university religion, religious studies, or theology department in the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada
  • Doctoral degree completed by January 1, 2019
  • Tenure decision (if applicable) no earlier than Spring 2020
  • Institutional support to participate fully in sessions and to complete teaching fellowship project in following year.

Application Materials

1. Application contact information form

2. An introductory letter that describes the following with attention to your institutional context (500 words max):

a) Your interest in the workshop

b) The particular questions you want to engage

c) Your potential contributions to the workshop

3. Two brief essays describing:

a) A significant moment or experience for you as a learner (250 words)

b) A critical incident in your teaching and how you responded (250 words)

4. Academic CV (4-page limit)

5. A letter of institutional support for your full participation in this workshop from your department chair or academic dean. Please have this recommendation uploaded directly to your application according to the online application instructions.

Honorarium and Fellowship

Participants will receive an honorarium of $3,500 for full participation in the three workshop sessions, plus local expenses and travel. In addition, participants are eligible to apply for a $5,000 workshop fellowship for work on a teaching project during the following academic year (2020-21).

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