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2016 Teaching and Learning Consultation for Mid-Career Asian/Asian North American Religion and Theology Faculty

Awarded Grant
Liew, Tat-siong Benny|Kuan, Kah-Jin|Iwamura, Jane|Kwok, Pui Lan|Yoo, David
Claremont School of Theology
Theological Schools
2015

Proposal abstract :
This consultation will gather fifteen Asian and Asian North American scholars drawn from diverse religious studies and theological subfields for a five-day retreat in Southern California to address concerns that are particular for Asian North American faculty in mid-career and to attempt a longitudinal mentoring plan for Asian North American faculty in different stages of their career.
Proposal abstract :
This consultation will gather fifteen Asian and Asian North American scholars drawn from diverse religious studies and theological subfields for a five-day retreat in Southern California to address concerns that are particular for Asian North American faculty in mid-career and to attempt a longitudinal mentoring plan for Asian North American faculty in different stages of their career.

Learning Abstract :
The Mid-Career Asian and Asian North American Religion and Theology Faculty Colloquy gathered 13 participants at Claremont School of Theology in the summers of 2016 and 2017 for reflection on mid-career challenges and issues, including teaching, research, career development, mentoring, and the balance of life and work. Participants took field trips to Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple and the Jain Center of Southern California to understand Asian religious communities' contribution to society. The colloquy helped participants to reflect on their past experiences as teachers, articulate visions and vocations as teachers and scholars, develop long-term career plans, identify issues in their institutional contexts, and recognize new strategies and resources in their work. It provided a supportive environment for participants to share their vulnerabilities and discuss intricate racial politics in religious studies departments and seminaries. Participants will use various Asian North American networks to strengthen communication and collaborative work. We hope to disseminate findings from the colloquy through publications, blogs, and podcasts.