2020-21 Early Career Workshop

2020-21 Teaching and Learning Workshop for

Early Career Latinx Religion Faculty in Universities, Colleges, and Theological Schools

Applications Due January 15, 2020

Dates

  • First Session: 
    July 6-11, 2020, Wabash College
  • Second Session: 
    January 21-24, 2021, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Third Session: 
    June 14-19, 2021, Wabash College

Leadership Team

  • Teresa Delgado, Director, Iona College
  • Cristian De La Rosa, Boston University School of Theology
  • Leopoldo Sánchez, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
  • Christopher Tirres, DePaul University
  • Mary T. Stimming, Wabash Center

Description

This workshop will gather 14 early career Latinx faculty members from diverse scholarly specializations and institutional contexts 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:

  • Pedagogical strategies that are relevant to the social, political, and religious realities of today
  • Intersection of identity, vocation, scholarship, and community engagement
  • Navigating and leveraging institutional power dynamics
  • Affirming and cultivating our cultural heritage and dignity as teacher-scholars

The workshop includes large and small group discussions, individual and collaborative work, access to Wabash Center teaching resources, as well as structured and unstructured social time. We will engage each other in the spirit of vida, convivencia, and fiesta. Given the nature and scope of the workshop conversation, junior colleagues of the leadership team should apply to a different or future workshop.

Workshop Goals

To create a community within which we: 

  • Refine our sense of vocation and identity as a Latinx scholar-teacher
  • Improve pedagogical strategies, and experiment with new approaches
  • Reflect on the challenges and opportunities of one’s institution
  • Connect one’s vocation to broader community concerns, issues, and problems
  • Explore sources of nourishment in one’s vocation, teaching, and institution

Eligibility

  • 2-5 years of teaching in a tenure-track, contingency, or continuing position
  • Teaching in an accredited college or university religion or religious studies department, or a seminary or theological school in the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada
  • Doctoral degree completed by January 1, 2020
  • Tenure decision (if applicable) no earlier than Spring 2021
  • Institutional support to participate fully in workshop sessions and to complete teaching fellowship project in the 2021-22 academic year

Application Materials 

Please complete and attach the following documents to the online application:

1. Application contact information form

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

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

4. Academic CV (4-page limit)

5. A letter of institutional support for your full participation in this workshop from your department chair, academic dean, or someone in a direct supervisory position who can discuss your teaching. 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 (2021-22).

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