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

  • Nancy Lynne Westfield
    Drew University Theological School
  • Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi
    Baylor University
  • G. Brooke Lester
    Garrett-Evangelical Theological School
  • Joretta Marshall
    Brite Divinity 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.

Application Materials

1. Application contact information form

2. In a cover letter, describe your teaching context and state why you want to participate in this collaborative endeavor. (250 words)

3. In 500-600 words, name one pedagogical issue that sparks your curiosity and interest for deeper exploration in the workshop. Use two of the following prompts to explore this issue:

a) What gave rise to this matter of interest?

b) What dimensions of the teaching life does this issue illumine?

c) What pedagogical problem does this issue raise for reflection in the workshop?

d) What gifts do you bring or want to develop to address this issue?

e) What have you done to explore your pedagogical curiosity and interest?

f ) In light of this issue, what does it mean to be a self-reflective teacher?

g) In grappling with this curiosity and interest, what is at stake for you?

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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