The Divinity School's unique and innovative pedagogical curriculum--the Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion--seamlessly interweaves our commitment to preparing outstanding educators in the field of religious studies into the experience of graduate education at Swift Hall. Through a year-round program of seminars and workshops, we sustain a vigorous conversation on religious studies pedagogy both within and across all the Divinity School's diverse areas of study. Doctoral students who complete our Craft of Teaching Program will have reflected upon the challenges of teaching religion in a range of institutional contexts, on different religious traditions and topics, and in conversation with faculty and peers within and beyond their own areas of specialization.
The Craft of Teaching reflects the Divinity School's high regard for lively workshop-style interchange among students and faculty. Our model of teacher training utilizes an integrated series of workshops and seminars as the locus of pedagogical reflection and practice. The result is a diverse, ever-evolving, and year-round offering of programs that is especially responsive to student and faculty interests.
The core elements of Divinity School's Craft of Teaching include:
- The Dean's Craft of Teaching Seminar Series: Each quarter one of our distinguished alumni/ae or another accomplished educator is invited by the Dean to lead a seminar related to issues of course design, instruction, and evaluation as these are lived out in the various institutional contexts in which religion is taught in higher education. Audio and video of past Craft of Teaching Seminars are available in our Multimedia Library.
- Annual Syllabus Workshop: Led by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, this annual three-hour workshop centers on course and syllabus design. Participants draft course titles and descriptions that are peer-reviewed during the workshop.
- Pedagogy Workshops offered by Area Clubs and CAS Workshops: Over a dozen of the Divinity School's Area Workshops and Clubs devote one session per year to the subject of teaching. Topics vary in response to the needs and interests of conveners and participants, resulting in a robust and changing array of pedagogy-related programs offered to Divinity School students. Many of these programs are available in our Multimedia Library.
In addition to the above offerings, the Craft of Teaching Program offers other special programming. The full schedule of this year's programs can be found on our events page.
Divinity School doctoral students are eligible to receive the Certificate in the Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion through their participation in the program. Those who successfully complete the minimum requirements of the Craft of Teaching will:
Receive the Divinity School's Certificate in the Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion, serving as evidence of their interest in and preparedness for teaching in the area of religion. This certification can be listed on application materials for employment and will be officially noted on graduates' university transcripts. To receive the Divinity School's Craft of Teaching certification, all requirements of the Craft of Teaching must be completed within a five-year period.
- Fulfill the departmental pedagogy requirement for the Center for Teaching and Learning's (CTL) Certificate in University Teaching. Please note that those who also wish to apply the Divinity School's Craft of Teaching program toward their CTL university-wide certification must complete all the requirements of the Craft of Teaching within a two-year period.
You can find out more about the certificate and its requirements here.
The Divinity School's Craft of Teaching program focuses on the area of religious studies and therefore supplements the cross-disciplinary teacher development offered by the University's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The CTL's programming is intended to develop core teaching competencies across disciplines, communicating the best insights and practices from the scholarship on teaching and learning more broadly, while the Craft of Teaching aims to prepare its participants for the unique possibilities and challenges of teaching the subject of religion. The Divinity School recognizes that it takes the resources of an entire campus to develop outstanding teachers, and we therefore encourage our students to participate in the programs of the CTL in addition to those of the Craft of Teaching.
Because it is designed to introduce participants to a range of topics in college teaching, the CTL's Workshop on Teaching in the College is a requirement of the Craft of Teaching. It is the only external workshop required for completion of our program, and the other workshops and seminars offered by the CTL, while rewarding, cannot be counted toward the Craft of Teaching requirements. For more about the Craft of Teaching requirements, see the requirements page.