Request for Proposals

Pedagogies for Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Grants Up to $30,000

The Wabash Center requests grant proposals for projects that are focused on pedagogies that encourage students to critically consider issues of public engagement and social action in relationship to the understanding of religion.

We are interested in projects among religious and theological studies faculty that spur thinking about how to develop and implement teaching strategies that connect ways of knowing that are frequently posed as disparate or separate, such as:

  • theory and practice
  • critical understanding and confessional commitments
  • classroom study and public life

Given many of the difficult conversations that are a part of our current North American teaching context, we are looking for projects that explore how a basic understanding of public life and religious commitments affect each other.

Proposals could address issues such as:

  • student engagement in community projects or concerns
  • understanding the role of religions in the public square
  • facilitating difficult conversations in the classroom
  • student resistance to learning around this topic
  • engaging other disciplines (i.e. political science, health sciences, economics) in an understanding of the role of religious or theological studies

Faculty members may want to explore strategies such as teaching against the grain or course development across disciplinary boundaries, departments, or schools.


Successful grants will demonstrate:

  • A readiness to learn on the part of the project director
  • A collaborative process with other faculty members (internal or external to the institutional or departmental setting)
  • Attentiveness to student learning goals
  • Attentiveness to the commitments, values, and contexts that are brought into the classroom by the students
  • Attentiveness to the long-term “value-added” of an understanding of religion or theology – who do you wish your students to be in five years?
  • A structure of evaluative learning where feedback from project participants (eg: students, other faculty, and community partners) is a regular and formative process for the project

Submission Deadline
February 15, 2019

Project Director’s Cohort Meeting
May 23-25, 2019

Successful grant recipients will be gathered as project directors for a meeting at the Wabash Center on May 23-25, 2019 to refine their project goals, design, and assessment components.

Apply through the “Project Grant” process

Proposals need to include:

  • Title of proposed project
  • Framing question or problem
  • Project goals
  • Description of activities that will explore the central question or issue
  • Supportive literature
  • Plan of assessment, evaluation, and response
  • Line item budget and budget narrative

See full instructions on the Project Grants web page.

Religion Departments
might tackle questions such as:

  • how political, economic, and religious realities shape the ways that media communicates conflicts or engagements
  • how to develop student capacities for engagement in the public square
  • how to design multilayered conversations that attend to the variety of cultural commitments that are brought to conversations of current events
Faculty members might begin inter-disciplinary conversations with colleagues about the study of religion as it relates to public life or an informed citizenry, or they might develop creative ways to consider the topic within the overall curriculum.

Theological Schools
might tackle questions such as:

  • how to prepare students for ministry in social worlds enmeshed in conflicted and conflicting realities
  • how to engage productive conversations within congregations that are insular in their nature
  • how to address public citizenry in emergent forms of ministry
  • how to prepare students to become civically active in a radically pluralistic and multi-religious world
  • how to teach a multi-religious, multi-ethnic student body to honor the other and the self
Final Reports

Final reports will include a full financial accounting of funds spent (from institutional business office) and a Narrative Report on what the project accomplished and what was learned about pedagogies for social justice and civic engagement.

Questions? Please Contact:
Dr. Paul O. Myhre
Associate Director, Wabash Center
myhrep@wabash.edu
800-655-7117
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