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Martin Nguyen Associate Professor Fairfield University Teaching the Qur’an can be a formidable undertaking. Even though the Qur’an is an abiding research interest of mine, it makes teaching the scripture no less challenging. What do I choose to cover and how should I go about it in the course of Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Teaching Islam
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Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies College of the Holy Cross After about six months and fifteen horrible haircuts in the San Francisco Bay area I finally found somebody who could give me a decent haircut, and I became a loyal customer for the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Stories from the Front
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Theological school deans are not just theological leaders for their institution, they must be EDUCATIONAL leaders. That is, they must implement sound educational practices related to curriculum, instruction, supervision, assessment, and administration. While faculty members can focus on course-level and individual student learning assessment, academic deans need to implement program-level assessment in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the school's curricular course of study. There is a variety of ways to assess the effectiveness of the curriculum, and there are several levels of assessment (program-level, course-level, student testing, student projects, etc.). Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Theological School Deans
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Molly Bassett Associate Professor of Religious Studies Georgia State University A week into the spring semester, the fall term seems like it was forever ago! In my last post, I talked about the informal evaluations my students took, and since writing that post, I have thought about some of the. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Stories from the Front
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Sophie Gilliat-Ray Director Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK Cardiff University The Muslim populations of most Western societies have grown over the last two decades as a result of immigration and conversion to Islam. This has drastically changed the landscape in which teaching and learning about Islam. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Teaching Islam
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Nancy Lynne Westfield Associate Professor of Religious Education Drew Theological School Teaching for racial equality, and against oppression, has meant coming to grips with what my adult students (domestic and international) do not know, i.e. the basic concepts of race and the mechanisms of racism in the United States. Teaching Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Stories from the Front
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Nancy Lynne Westfield Associate Professor of Religious Education Drew Theological School We teach with aspirational dreams for our students. The right-now challenge of student formation is that we have never seen our world just-so. We are intellectual, faith pioneers in the malaise and luxury of the 21st century. This digita Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Stories from the Front
The Wabash Center's new blog series “Teaching Islam” is a place for faculty and students to engage in conversations about a range of issues related to teaching and learning about Islamic culture, religion, and history. Topics will include such issues as teaching Islam through film, teaching controversial issues, engaging current... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Teaching Islam
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Caleb Elfenbein Assistant Professor Grinnell College It is probably safe to say that most of our students have not known a world without the war on terror—perhaps more appropriately called the war of terror, for the call and response of violence from September 2001 onward has left at least one. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Teaching Islam
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Cláudio Carvalhaes Associate Professor McCormick Theological Seminar I am delighted to be writing this blog with two other fantastic teachers I admire greatly: Lynne Westfield and Tat-siong Benny Liew. The Wabash Center has been a fantastic place that has empowered so many teachers, and has expanded resources and possibilities for Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Stories from the Front
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Molly Bassett Associate Professor of Religious Studies Georgia State University In my last post, I talked about the final class of my new course “Between Animals and Gods” and promised to say more about the informal student evaluations I give at the end of courses. Like students everywhere, mine take Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Stories from the Front
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Nancy Lynne Westfield Associate Professor of Religious Education Drew Theological School Sometimes learning is accompanied by tears, theirs and mine. The concept of mis-education is so disquieting to some students that tears are shed in the classroom. Never has there been bold sobs or muffled cries of languished sorrow Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Stories from the Front
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Theological school deans are not just theological leaders for their institution, they must be EDUCATIONAL leaders. That is, they must implement sound educational practices related to curriculum, instruction, supervision, assessment, and administration. While faculty members can focus on course-level and individual student learning assessment, academic deans need to focus on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Theological School Deans
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Nancy Lynne Westfield Associate Professor of Religious Education Drew Theological School God is unknowable. So, the things of God cannot be learned – they must be revealed. What does it mean to teach our students to wait for the revelation, to be aware of the revelation, to find joy in Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Stories from the Front
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Molly Bassett Associate Professor of Religious Studies Georgia State University At the end of the term, I like to do three things: wrap up the class, ask students to take an informal course evaluation, and eat cookies. (These are the best ginger spice cookies on the planet. You’re welcome.) In Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Stories from the Front
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Nancy Lynne Westfield Associate Professor of Religious Education Drew Theological School Please indulge this low-grade rant. I believe the notion of “safe space” in adult classrooms is un-interrogated and oversubscribed. The question is … Safe for whom? Well-intentioned teachers, in wanting students to attempt deep conversation, wrongly presume adult students.. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Stories from the Front
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Theological school deans are not just theological leaders for their institution, they must be EDUCATIONAL leaders. That is, they must implement sound educational practices related to curriculum, instruction, supervision, assessment, and administration. There is a variety of ways to assess the effectiveness of the curriculum, and there are several levels... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at Theological School Deans
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Molly BassettAssociate Professor of Religious Studies Georgia State University The day before the American Academy of Religion’s annual meeting, I went to THATCamp. THAT stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp,” and it’s an unconference, which is nothing like an unhappy birthday except that there was tea. Participants create... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at Stories from the Front
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Nancy Lynne Westfield Associate Professor of Religious Education Drew Theological School The projects have, at sometimes, crashed and burned. There have been the occasional minor derailments. In several instances there were irreconcilable differences and un-repairable circumstances. Once I declared utter, dismal failure. On the other hand, there have also been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at Stories from the Front
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Molly Bassett Associate Professor of Religious Studies Georgia State University In my first post, I described a new course-- “Religious Dimensions in Human Experience: Between Animals and Gods” -- and all of the teaching activities I have going on in it: there was planning and now teaching, writing this blog, Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Stories from the Front
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Nancy Lynne Westfield Associate Professor of Religious Education Drew Theological School “Learning on the fly,” a phrase used by seminarian Phil Salter, is still on my mind. I am taking a different tact from my previous ponderings …. The inclinations, proclivities and aspirations to fly are abundantly evident in literature Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Stories from the Front
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Molly Bassett Associate Professor of Religious Studies Georgia State University It’s week nine here and this is my seventh post for the Center’s blog on teaching. We’ve reached the point where I’d like to take you out for coffee and find out how it’s going. I’d love to hear about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at Stories from the Front
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Theological school deans are not just theological leaders for their institution, they must be EDUCATIONAL leaders. That is, they must implement sound educational practices related to curriculum, instruction, supervision, assessment, and administration. There is a variety of ways to assess the effectiveness of the curriculum, and there are several levels... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Theological School Deans
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Himanee Gupta-Carlson SUNY Empire State College Shortly after the verdicts in the Ferguson and Staten Island police beating cases led to protests via social media and demonstrations across the country, I found myself involved in two conversations. The first occurred with a car mechanic in Saratoga Springs, the small rural New York community where I work. The mechanic, an African American, described the encounters between the African American males and police officers as well as the citizen protests as signs of unremitting violence. He relayed a racially coded incident with local police in which a man was pulled over, rightfully,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Race Matters in the Classroom
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Nancy Lynne Westfield Associate Professor of Religious Education Drew Theological School Phil Salter, a current student and muse of this Blog, in describing himself as a seminarian, said, “I am learning on the fly.” Intrigued by this notion, I have been thinkalating … Habakkuk has come to mind…. Recorded in.. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Stories from the Front
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