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.
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Teaching Religion Unit
Call for Proposals
Teaching Religion: Using Anti-racist Pedagogies
The Teaching Religion Unit and the Transformative Scholarship and Pedagogy Unit invite proposals for a co-sponsored session on teaching religion using anti-racist pedagogies. Addressing race, racism, and White privilege in religious studies and theology classes is imperative in today’s world. However, discussions and assignments related to these themes can vary drastically from one institutional context to another and may prove to be fraught for students and faculty alike. This session will feature reflections about--and possible demonstrations of--innovative and transformative ways of incorporating anti-racist pedagogies into the classroom. We are especially interested in papers that showcase how alternative approaches to teaching may challenge the boundaries between scholarship and activism, as well as how faculty meet heightened demands for transformative pedagogy fostered by students' desire to reflect on their engagement in activism and protest movements.
Teaching World Christianities
The Teaching Religion Unit and the World Christianity Unit invite proposals for a possible co-sponsored session on teaching World Christianity. We are especially interested in papers that discuss (and possibly demonstrate) effective assignments, activities, or pedagogical approaches to teaching Christianity as a world religion as it is practiced in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific, as well as in diasporic communities in the West. Papers might address topics such as pedagogical approaches to decolonizing World Christianity, teaching in/about the diaspora, or other themes.
Teaching and Poverty
In keeping with the 2021 Presidential Theme of “Religion, Poverty, and Inequality: Contemplating Our Collective Futures,” the Teaching Religion Unit and the Teaching and Learning Committee invite paper proposals for a co-sponsored session on teaching and poverty. Possible intersections of these topics might include:
-Team-teaching poverty and religion
-Poverty as an interdisciplinary focus
-Reconceiving teaching religion around poverty
-Teaching first generation college students
-The Pandemic and Poverty, e.g. issues with going virtual
Teaching Tactics with “A Proven Practice”
We invite the demonstration of a teaching tactic with audience participation. In your proposal, please use the format described at “A Proven Practice” and briefly explain how you would demonstrate the tactic in the allotted time (approximately 10 minutes). Tactics may focus on a variety of teaching practices, including (but not limited to) online/hybrid teaching and learning and on community-engaged teaching and learning, especially during the pandemic. Find the format via “A Proven Practice” here: https://bit.ly/2X0Vdm3
Using Virtual Reality to Teach about Religions
Recognizing that remote and asynchronous instruction during the pandemic have impacted how instructors incorporate the site visit into their teaching, we welcome papers that consider the pedagogical use of virtual reality (VR), such as VR site visits or tours, for a session possibly held in VR.
Teaching Religion, the Body, and Sexuality
The Teaching Religion Unit and the Religion and Sexuality Unit invite potential contributions for a potential co-sponsored session about Religion, the Body, and Sexuality (Hoel, Wilcox, Wilson) https://www.routledge.com/Religion-the-Body-and-Sexuality-An-Introductio.... Proposals should emphasize specific ways in which this text has inspired or might inspire innovative pedagogy about religion, the body, and sexuality.
Religion & Public Life: Perspectives from the Centers
In a pre-arranged panel, representatives from Centers focused on religion and public life will discuss public outreach, education, and programming. They will share best practices and reflect on the value of public engagement and scholarship.
Podcasting is Pedagogy
Podcasting is now a mainstream media platform worth upwards of a billion dollars that reaches one in four Americans weekly. For academics studying religion, what is the role of podcasting as a medium for public scholarship and as a tool for the classroom? This roundtable, featuring representatives from six diverse podcasts about religion, will highlight the depth, breadth, and diversity of understandings of how podcasting is pedagogy. This session was postponed from 2020.
We invite proposals for individual papers and panel sessions 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.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Anne Blankenship, North Dakota State University1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026
David McConeghy, Salem State University1/1/2016 - 12/31/2021
Thomas Pearson, Wabash Center1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Joseph Tucker Edmonds, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Almeda Wright, Yale University1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Benjamin Zeller, Lake Forest College1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026