2019-20 Early Career Workshop

Workshop for Early Career Theological School Faculty 


Do you wonder about teaching and the teaching life in theological education? In what ways would a yearlong conversation about teaching and learning ground your vocational identity? This workshop is a collaborative peer opportunity to develop pedagogical skills, reflect on teaching identity, learn in community, and navigate institutional dynamics.

The workshop will gather 14 faculty members for a week in two successive summers at Wabash College, and a weekend winter retreat in Corpus Christi, Texas. There will be a balance of plenary sessions, small group discussions, workshop sessions, structured and unstructured social time, and time for relaxation, exercise, meditation, discovery, laughter, and lots of good food and drink.


  • First session:
    July 15-20, 2019, Wabash College
  • Second session:
    January 23-26, 2020, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Third session:
    June 8-13, 2020, Wabash College

Leadership Team

  • Joretta Marshall (Director)
    Brite Divinity School
  • Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi
    Baylor University
  • Stephanie Crumpton
    McCormick Theological Seminary
  • G. Brooke Lester
    Garrett-Evangelical Theological School
  • Paul Myhre
    Wabash Center

Applications due January 15, 2019

Workshop Goals

  • Explore and develop holistic dimensions of the teaching life
  • Imagine and discern contours of agency in a teaching identity
  • Identify and strategically navigate transitions in the vocation of a full-time scholar and teacher
  • Become aware of the power of embodiment in teaching
  • Develop a stronger self-reflexive practice


  • 2-5 years of teaching in a tenure-track, contingency, or continuing position,
  • Teaching in an accredited seminary or theological school 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.

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).


Lisa Cleath, Portland Seminary
Rebecca Copeland, Boston University School of Theology
Maureen Day, Franciscan School of Theology
Melanie Dobson, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
James Estes, Wesley Theological Seminary
Barbara Fears, Howard University
Annie Lockhart-Gilroy, Phillips Theological Seminary
Melody Maxwell, Acadia Divinity College
Elaine Nogueira-Godsey, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Melva Sampson, Wake Forest University Divinity School
Ben Sanders, Eden Theological Seminary
Richard Voelz, Union Presbyterian Seminary
Khalia Williams, Candler School of Theology – Emory University
Sarah Wolf, Jewish Theological Seminary of America


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