Authority in the Classroom
Monday, January 27 from 12:00-1:30PM in Swift 208
Professor Sarah Hammerschlag, Assistant Professor of Religion and Literature at the Divinity School, will lead us in a discussion about the role of authority in the classroom, the various ways in which a teacher might construct it, and how to negotiate our role as teacher within different classrooms and academic settings. Feel free to bring a lunch. Presented by the Religion and Literature Club.
Teaching the Bible with Technology
Tuesday, January 28 from 4:30-6:00 PM in Swift 106
This workshop will focus on teaching the Bible--its texts, languages, and history--with technology, covering a range of approaches from online resources to online teaching. Join us for presentations and discussions with two recent Bible program alumnae: Anne Knafl, Bibliographer for Religion and Philosophy at the University of Chicago Library, and Annette Huizenga, Assistant Professor of New Testament at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Co-sponsored by the Hebrew Bible and the Early Christian Studies Workshops.
Craft of Teaching Microteaching Workshop
Friday, Feb 7 from 2:00-5:00 PM
Microteaching is organized practice teaching in a supportive, low-risk environment. Participants will prepare a 10 minute lesson plan, teach it to a small group of peers, and receive detailed feedback (including self-assessment based on video-recording) on their teaching strategy and performance. Microteaching helps teachers of all levels improve both the content and methods of teaching and practice specific teaching skills such as questioning, the use of examples and simple artifacts to make lessons more interesting, effective reinforcement techniques, and introducing and closing lessons effectively. View our Participants Guide here for more information. Consultants will include Cynthia Lindner, Director of Ministry Studies and Clinical Faculty for Preaching and Pastoral Care, and Brandon Cline, Craft of Teaching Program Coordinator and a senior Teaching Consultant at the University's Center for Teaching and Learning. Participation is strictly limited and advanced registration is required. You can register by emailing Brandon at .
Divinity School Syllabus Workshop
Friday, February 21 from 12:00-3:00 PM in Swift 200
Led by Prof. Lucy Pick, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in the History of Christianity. This annual three-hour workshop centers on course and syllabus design. Participants draft course titles and descriptions that are peer-reviewed during the workshop. This workshop is required for the Craft of Teaching certificate, but participation is limited, and advanced registration is required. In the first hour, we will discuss the principles of good course design including how to title a course and write a course description, how to structure a course for college students, what kinds and how many readings and assignments to include, among other topics. In the remaining time we will discuss the course titles and descriptions you submitted, consider how to make them stronger, and how they might be fleshed out into a full syllabus. Lunch will be provided. In order to register, you must email Prof. Pick (email@example.com) by Tuesday, February 18th at noon with your name, the title of a college-level course you might like to teach some day (or have taught) and a brief, one paragraph description of the course. You can also include a short list of readings you might use in the course. It should be no longer than a single page.
The Art of Lecturing
Tuesday, February 25 from 4:30-6:00 PM in Swift 106
This program, featuring Prof. Hindy Najman, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, and Dean Margaret M. Mitchell, and moderated by Jonathan Soyars, PhD student in New Testament and Early Christian Literature, will explore a variety of questions around the art of lecturing. Profs. Najman and Mitchell, both seasoned lecturers, will offer reflections on their experiences lecturing in different pedagogical settings, after which we will open up the floor for group discussion. Cosponsored by the Early Christian Studies Workshop, the Hebrew Bible Workshop, and the Bible Area Club.
Helping Students Cope with Pluralism and Criticism in the Classroom
Friday, February 28th from 4:30-6:00 PM in Swift 201
For many students, college may be their first exposure to critical reflection on sacred and deeply formative beliefs and practices. Moreover, they may be asked to consider, with seriousness and open-ended inquiry, beliefs and interpretations that they view as dangerous or blasphemous. The experience of a pluralist community in college - one that in particular is devoted to critical engagement across boundaries of tradition and belief - can be intimidating and unsettling for some. In this session, a panel of faculty and graduate student teachers will discuss how teachers can facilitate students' acclimation to pluralism and criticism in the classroom. With examples of pitfalls and "hot moments", we will discuss how best to respond as our students cope with religious, political, and other differences in the college classroom. Panelists will include Allison Gray, PhD student in New Testament and Early Christian Literature and adjunct instructor at Dominican University,
Tim Hiller, PhD student in Theology at the University of Chicago and Martin Marty Junior Fellow, Charles Huff, PhD student in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Adam Kotsko, Assistant Professor of Humanities, Shimer College. Presented by the Theology Workshop.
Beyond Content: What Does It Mean to Think Like a Medievalist?
Friday, March 7 from 12:00-1:30pm in Wieboldt 207
Prof. Leah Shopkow, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Indiana University, is the Principal Investigator and co-Director of the pioneering History Learning Project. The History Learning Project applies the concept of Decoding the Disciplines to history pedagogy, identifying and overcoming bottlenecks to disciplinary learning. An article about the History Learning Project in the Journal of American History, co-authored by Prof. Shopkow, won the McGraw-Hill/Magna Publications Publication in Teaching and Learning Award in 2009. The principles discussed in this workshop will be readily transferable to all of the Divinity School's areas of study. Don't miss this special opportunity to learn more this important pedagogical approach! Presented by the Medieval Studies Workshop.
Dean's Winter Craft of Teaching Seminar with Prof. Contance Furey
Friday, March 14 from 12:00-2:00PM in the Swift Common Room
Led by Divinity School alumna Constance Furey (PhD, History of Christianity, 2000), Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University. Professor Furey is a two-time recipient of the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award (2004, 2009) and author of Erasmus, Contarini, and the Religious Republic of Letters (Cambridge, 2006). She is presently at work on a book project entitled, Crowded Interiors: Sacred Selves and Relationships in English Renaissance Poetry, focusing on how devotional poetry by both male and female writers in the English Renaissance re-imagined intimate relationships as sites of utopian longing and fulfillment. Prof. Furey will discuss her approaches to religious studies pedagogy, particularly in relationship to her classes "Sex and Gender in the Reformation" and "Reformation: Body and the Word". Syllabi for these courses will soon be available for download here. Complimentary lunch will be provided for the first 25 RSVPs. Please RSVP to , indicating meat, vegetarian, or vegan preferences.