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, Online

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

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).


Front Row: *G. Brooke Lester (Garrett-Evangelical Theological School), Melva Sampson (Wake Forest University Divinity School), *Joretta Marshall (Brite Divinity School), Richard Voelz (Union Presbyterian Seminary), Maureen Day (Franciscan School of Theology).

Middle Row: Sarah Wolf (Jewish Theological Seminary of America), Elaine Nogueira-Godsey (Methodist Theological School in Ohio), Lisa Cleath (Portland Seminary), Melody Maxwell (Acadia Divinity College), Barbara Fears (Howard University), *Stephanie Crumpton (McCormick Theological Seminary), Melanie Dobson (Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary), Khalia Williams (Candler School of Theology – Emory University), *Paul Myhre (Wabash Center).

Back Row: *Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi (Baylor University), James Estes (Wesley Theological Seminary), Rebecca Copeland (Boston University School of Theology), Annie Lockhart-Gilroy (Phillips Theological Seminary), Ben Sanders (Eden Theological Seminary).


Fellowship Projects
  • Lisa Cleath – “Embodied Collaborative Approaches to Critical Race Consciousness and the Bible”
  • Rebecca Copeland – “Flipping the Classroom to Increase Student Engagement in the Large-Enrollment Survey ‘Introduction to Christian Traditions'”
  • Maureen Day – “Integrating Teaching and Research to Foster Student Engagement: A Case in Ethics and Sociology” 
  • Melanie Dobson – “Dynamic Lecturing in a Flipped Classroom during a Pandemic”
  • James Estes – “Teaching Church History: Meaning-Centered Pedagogy and Theological Education”
  • Barbara Fears – “Problem-Posing Pedagogy for Enhancing Integrative Competence & Written Communication”
  • Annie Lockhart-Gilroy – “Using Ubuntu as a Pedagogical Paradigm in Online Asynchronous Classes”
  • Elaine Nogueira-Godsey – “Greening Introduction to Theology”
  • Ben Sanders – “From Talk to Action: Enhancing Antiracist Teaching and Learning Through Transformative Learning Objectives”
  • Richard Voelz – “Poetic Justice/Justice Poetics: Teaching Students How to Use Just and Inclusive Language in Preaching and Worship”
  • Khalia Williams – “Inhale … Exhale: Developing a Breath-Centered Pedagogy”
  • Sarah Wolf – “A Compelling Introduction to Rabbinic Literature for Educators in Training”

Application Period Closed

For More Information, Please Contact:
Paul Myhre, Associate Director
Wabash Center
301 West Wabash Ave.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933

Wabash Center