Doctoral Working Group

“Preparing Future Faculty” Grant Recipients

Dates April 12-14, 2018       

Location The Alexander Hotel, Indianapolis

Leadership Team 
Nadine Pence, Wabash Center
Mary Stimming, Wabash Center

This meeting gathers grant directors from the twelve doctoral programs that received Preparing Future Faculty funds in 2017. These grants invited doctoral programs to strengthen their work with respect to the pedagogical formation of their students.


  • To facilitate peer conversations about the progress of the grant projects
  • To continue the reflective work within each school about their doctoral program and how it contributes to the teaching preparedness of its graduates
  • To contribute to the programming of the Wabash Center as it plans its future work with doctoral-granting institutions


Conference Participants

Asbury Theological Seminary
Getting In Line with Online Learning: PhD Apprenticeships in Online Education
Dale Hale, Director of Distributed Learning
Ellen Marmon, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Baylor University
Next Steps: The Wabash Teaching Initiative at Baylor University
Mikeal Parsons, Professor and Macon Chair in Religion
Elise Edwards, Lecturer

Boston University School of Theology
Preparing Future Faculty
Shelly Rambo, Associate Professor of Theology
Kathryn House, Doctoral Candidate

Candler School of Theology/Emory University
Transforming Pedagogy for Religion and Theology through Online Teaching
Roxanne Russell, Director of Online Learning
Brent Strawn, Associate Professor of Old Testament

Catholic University of America
Utilizing Directed Peer Groups to Enhance Teaching Fellow Effectiveness
Chris Born, Director of Teaching and Learning Program
Bradley Gregory, Associate Professor of Old Testament 

Claremont Graduate University
Mentoring Future Faculty in Religious Studies within the
Claremont College Consortium
Erika Dyson, Associate Professor 
Cynthia Eller, Professor

Drew Theological School
Forming Rooted, Innovative, and Courageous Teachers
Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, Associate Dean of the Theo School/CSGS
Susan Kendall, Office of Doctoral Studies

Duquesne University
Structured Supports for Forming Teachers of Theology:
Conception, Design, and Assessment
Radu Bordeianu, Associate Professor
Elizabeth Agnew Cochrane, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Fordham University
Preparing Future Faculty: Dimensions of Diversity and Survey Courses
Patrick Hornbeck, Chair
Kathryn Reklis, Assistant Professor

University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology
Opportunities for a Lifetime of Teaching Outside the Classroom
Pam Eisenbaum, Professor
Annette Stott, Faculty Director

Indiana University
Teaching Religion in the 21st Century Classroom
Sarah Imhoff, Director of Graduate Studies
Jeremy Schott, Associate Professor

Pedagogical Mentoring for Diverse Institutional Contexts
James Byrd, Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research
Jaco Hamman, Director of the Program in Theology and Practice

Wabash Center Staff:
Nadine Pence, Executive Director
Mary Stimming, Associate Director
Gina Haile, Grant Coordinator

More information:
Mary T. Stimming, PhD
Associate Director for Special Programs


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