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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Teaching Religion Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit critically examines pedagogical theory and practice. We invite proposals that join innovative teaching practice with the scholarship of teaching and learning. Preference will be given to presentation formats that model engaged, interactive, and experiential pedagogy.

Call for Papers: 

Statement of Purpose: 
This Unit critically examines pedagogical theory and practice. We invite proposals that join innovative teaching practice with the scholarship of teaching and learning. Preference will be given to presentation formats that model engaged, interactive, and experiential pedagogy.

Call for Papers: 
This Unit critically examines pedagogical theory and practice. Proposals are sought that join innovative teaching practice with the scholarship of teaching and learning. Preference will be given to presentation formats that model engaged, interactive, and experiential pedagogy. For 2018, paper and panel proposals that address the following themes are especially welcome:

  1. Self-disclosure in the classroom -- In our present age, who we are in the classroom, what we represent, and how students re/present themselves have all become major point of conversation. Presenters in this session will examine how self-disclosure in the classroom works for and against their students’ learning, their institutional culture, and the current moment.

  2. Supporting SoTL (Scholarship on Teaching and Learning)— The Teaching Religion Unit seeks to support scholars engaged in studying teaching and learning at a variety of levels. “Supporting SoTL” will focus on presenters’ own works in progress. In your “proposal” for this session, please submit an abstract of a SoTL work in progress or research topic you would like to develop. Participants selected for this workshop-style session will circulate paper drafts in advance of the November meeting and practice abbreviated peer-review following the guidelines provided for Teaching Theology and Religion reviewers.

  3. Recent Publications on Teaching Religion and/or Theology – The Teaching Religion Unit will sponsor a session on a recent scholarly publication on teaching and/or on teaching in the fields of religion and theology. We welcome suggestions for texts and (self-)nominations for panelists. We anticipate both accepting and inviting panelists to read and respond to the text.

  4. Papers for a possible co-sponsored session with Islam, Gender and Women Unit that focus on teaching practices, strategies, and challenges in teaching about Islam, gender, and women. The session will be organized around a brief presentation (5-6 minutes) from each session participant focusing on a particular technique, classroom exercise, text, assignment, syllabus, or assessment that they have found effective in their institutional setting. These brief presentations will serve as the foundation for subsequent discussion by session attendees seated at small discussion tables, where attendees may share their own pedagogical experiences and tools. For this co-sponsored session, IGW and Teaching Religion are not accepting proposals for standard full-length conference papers or for prearranged paper panels. Rather, we invite proposals for presentations that engage specific pedagogical strategies, texts, and tools used in undergraduate classrooms. We welcome proposals from instructors who teach a range of courses (that is, proposals need not be limited to courses in Islamic studies). 

  5. Papers for a possible co-sponsorship with the Disability Studies Unit that expose barriers for people with disabilities to accessibility in liturgical, community, and educational spaces and/or that consider the theological and ethical implications for both continued exclusion and genuine change.

  6. Papers for a possible co-sponsorship with the Body and Religion and Ritual Studies Units teaching tactics that focus on ritual and embodied pedagogy in undergraduate courses (e.g. World Religions, Introduction to Religion, etc.). Proposals should:

• State succinctly the context within which you used the strategy including: characteristics of your students, the institution and the course, when in the semester you use this tactic, and how long it takes;
• State the pedagogical purpose of the strategy;
• Describe the strategy itself in brief, clear language -- demonstrating a quick version of the tactic is encouraged;
• State why and how the strategy was effective (or not effective) – i.e., how it supported (or failed to support in some way) student learning; and
• Address potential challenges or obstacles -- i.e., avoiding cultural appropriation, avoiding the appearance of 'practicing' religion in public institutions, and potential ethical issues.

  1. Open call
Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee