Early Career Religion Faculty Teaching Undergraduates

2023 Hybrid Teaching and Learning Workshop for

Early Career Religion Faculty Teaching Undergraduates

Schedule of Sessions

All Virtual Sessions – Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 EST

  • Session 1 – March 24, 2022 (virtual) 
  • Session 2 – April 28, 2022 (virtual) 
  • Session 3 – May 26, 2022 (virtual) 
  • Session 4 – June 30, 2022 (virtual) 
  • In person: July 25-29 Wabash Center in Crawfordsville, Indiana 
  • Session 5 – September 22, 2022 (virtual) 
  • Session 6 – October 20, 2022 (virtual) 
  • Session 7 – December 1, 2022 (virtual) 

Leadership Team

Carolyn M. Jones Medine, Ph.D., University of Georgia 

Joseph L. Tucker Edmonds, Ph.D., I.U.P.U.I.


Ashleigh Elser, Hampden-Sydney College
Brennan Keegan, College of Charleston
Denise Flanders, Taylor University
Elissa Cutter, Georgian Court University 
Emily Kahm, College of Saint Mary
Joanna Kline, Gordon College
Kristyn Sessions, Villanova University
Mary Kate Holman, Benedictine University 
Samah Choudhury, Ithaca College
Sarah Emanuel, Loyola Marymount University
Scott Ryan, Claflin University
Ashlyn Strozier, Georgia State University 
Seth Gaiters, University of North Carolina
Richard Klee, University of Notre Dame

For More Information, Please Contact:
Paul Myhre
Senior Associate Director
Wabash Center 
301 West Wabash Ave. 
Crawfordsville, IN 47933


This workshop invites faculty in their first five years of full-time teaching who are tenure track, continuing term (lecturer, instructor, teaching scholar) and/or full-time contingent faculty to join a relational community of peers and leaders who are committed to creating a collaborative learning cohort of committed and skilled teachers. This collaborative learning cohort will focus on:

  • an understanding of the philosophy and practice of the teaching profession, reflecting on teaching philosophies and practices;
  • sustaining a generative life as teacher and fashioning our identities as teachers;
  • negotiating institutions, expectations, and career trajectories;
  • teaching in contexts marked by diversity, particularly in the time of pandemics.

The hybrid workshop will gather 14 participants 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 discovery, relaxation, restoration, exercise, meditation, restoration, and shared meals.

Workshop Goals

  • To create a collaborative learning cohort of teacher-scholars 
  • To create a space to explore and navigate the intersecting challenges of teaching, research, and service 
  • To develop the practice of critical reflection on teaching 
  • To explore strategies for thriving in institutional, political and personal contexts 

Participant Eligibility

  • Tenure track, continuing term, and/or full-time contingency 
  • 1-5 years of full-time teaching 
  • Job description or contract that is wholly or primarily inclusive of teaching 
  • Teaching in accredited college or university in the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada 
  • Doctoral degree awarded by January 2022 
  • Tenure decision (if applicable) no earlier than January of 2023 
  • Institutional support and personal commitment to participate fully in workshop sessions and to complete the teaching fellowship project in 2023 academic year 

Application Materials 

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

1. Application Contact Information form 

2. Cover letter:  

  • Describe how you hope this workshop will support and/or enhance your identity as a teacher-scholar during this stage of your academic career (300 words) 
  • Answer in two paragraphs: How has COVID had an impact on your teaching career? (250 words) 

3. Brief essay:  

  • How do your contexts and commitments inform, shape, and conflict with your teaching philosophy and practices? (250 words) 
  • How has a critical moment in an introductory class shaped your teaching practice? What was the teaching goal for that day? What happened? How did you respond? (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 Fellowship

Participants will receive an honorarium of $3,500 for full participation in the workshop. In addition, participants are eligible to apply for a $2,500 workshop fellowship for work on a teaching project during the 2023 summer and fall term. 

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