2020-21 Early Career Workshop

2020-21 Teaching and Learning Workshop for

Early Career Theological School Faculty

Applications Due January 15, 2020

Dates

  • First Summer Session: 
    July 13-18, 2020, Wabash College
  • Second Session:
    January 28-31, 2021, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Third Session 
    July 5-10, 2021, Wabash College

Leadership Team

  • Su Yon Pak, Director, Union Theological Seminary, NYC
  • Steed Vernyl Davidson, McCormick Theological Seminary
  • Oscar Garcia-Johnson, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Lisa L. Thompson, Vanderbilt Divinity School
  • Paul Myhre, Wabash Center

Description

The world of theological education is changing, and early career faculty have agency to craft its new futures. This workshop will imagine and cultivate creative and nimble pedagogies for embodied teaching and learning for the twenty-first century. The workshop will be an art studio for play with and through a variety of educational mediums to explore ecologies of knowledge in a holistic teaching life. Our time together will take seriously socially engaged theological education for the public sphere.

The workshop will gather 14 faculty members for a week in two successive summers at Wabash College, and a weekend winter gathering 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 play, relaxation, exercise, meditation, discovery, laughter, and lots of good food and drink.

Workshop Goals

  • Explore and develop holistic dimensions of the teaching life
  • Image and discern contours of agency in teaching contexts
  • Conceive and cultivate transformative pedagogies and creative futures for theological education
  • Critically reflect on how to craft curriculum and practices for engaged global citizens
  • Develop a just use of embodiment for self-reflexive teaching practices

Eligibility

  • 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, 2020
  • Tenure decision (if applicable) no earlier than Spring 2021
  • Institutional support to participate fully in sessions and to complete teaching fellowship project in following year

Application Materials

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

1. Application contact information form

2. In a cover letter, describe your teaching context and explore how at least one of the workshop goals will help you in your teaching practice (consider your institution, your students, and your community). (250 words)

3. Describe your desires for the future of theological education, how you discern your agency in it, and what you need to conceive it. (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, 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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