2023 Hybrid Teaching and Learning Workshop for

Early Career Religion Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 

Application Deadline:

September 29, 2022

Schedule of Sessions

All Virtual Sessions – Sundays, 6:00-8:30 EST

  • Session 1 – March 5, 2023 (virtual) 
  • Session 2 – April 2, 2023 (virtual) 
  • Session 3 – May 7, 2023 (virtual) 
  • In person: June 12-16, 2023 
  • Session 4 – August 27, 2023 (virtual)
  • Session 5 – September 24, 2023 (virtual) 
  • Session 6 – October 22, 2023 (virtual) 
  • Session 7 – December 3, 2023 (virtual) 

Leadership Team

Jacqueline M. Hidalgo, Ph.D., Williams College
Martin Nguyen, Ph.D., Fairfield University

Instructions for Leaders


Bryson White, Santa Clara University
Courtney Bryant, Manhattan College
Elyse Ambrose, University of California – Riverside
Elizabeth Sartell, Lewis University
Henry Kuo, Greensboro College
Sam Houston, Stetson University
Matthew Smith, Alma College
Amanda Brobst-Renaud, Valparaiso University
Ki-Eun Jang, Fordham University
Horacio Vela, University of the Incarnate Word
Candace Lukasik, Mississippi State University
Stephanie Thurston, Princeton Theological Seminary
Whitney Cox, Rowan University
Max Thornton, Drake University



Wabash Center Staff Contact:
Sarah Farmer
Associate Director
Wabash Center 
301 West Wabash Ave. 
Crawfordsville, IN 47933


This hybrid workshop invites early career faculty from diverse scholarly specializations and institutional contexts to join a relational community committed to creating a collaborative learning cohort. We will focus on:

  • navigating the intersections of identities—e.g., race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, age, religion, and political affiliation—in and outside the classroom
  • designing strategies for effective teaching and advising within one’s institutional context
  • negotiating career and personal trajectories, especially in the wake of pandemics
  • forging counter communities for surviving and thriving in the Euro-American academy.

The hybrid workshop will gather for seven online sessions and an in-person summer session at Wabash Center. Sessions will include small group and plenary discussions, structured and unstructured social time, and time for personal and communal growth, relaxation, restoration, and shared meals.


  • To build a community for collaboration and conversation around teaching and learning
  • To reflect on outside realities that shape educational environments for faculty and students
  • To examine the politics and pressures of teaching and learning in higher education
  • To consider the conditions that enable flourishing in professional and personal life

Participant Eligibility

  • Tenure track, continuing term, and/or full-time contingency 
  • 1-6 years of teaching experience in a full-time, tenure track or other continuing position
  • Job description or contract that is wholly or primarily inclusive of teaching 
  • Teaching religion, religious studies, or theology in an accredited college or university in the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada 
  • Doctoral degree awarded by January 2023 
  • Tenure decision (if applicable) no earlier than January of 2024 
  • Institutional support and personal commitment to participate fully in all workshop sessions.

Application Materials

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

1. Application Contact Information form 

2. Cover letter:  

  • An introductory letter that describes your teaching context and addresses why you want to be part of this collaborative community, including what you hope to get out of it, and what you might contribute to it. (Up to 500 words) 

3. Brief essay:  

  • Describe a critical moment that pushed you to think more deeply about the intersections of identities within your teaching. What happened and how did you respond? (Up to 250 words)
  • Describe a strategy that you developed for surviving the pandemics of the past few years. (Up to 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, Provost, Vice President, or President. Please have this recommendation uploaded directly to your application according to the online application instructions. 

Honorarium and Small Grant

Participants will receive an honorarium of $3,500 for full participation in the hybrid workshop. In addition, participants are eligible to apply for a small project grant up to the amount of $5000.

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