The Craft of Teaching is the Divinity School's program of pedagogical development for its graduate students, dedicated to preparing a new generation of accomplished educators in the field of religious studies. We bring together Divinity School faculty, current students, and an extensive alumni network of decorated teachers to share our craft and to advance critical reflection on religious studies pedagogy. Find out more here, or browse our program schedule and multimedia library.
Registration is now open for the Craft of Teaching Microteaching Workshop
Friday, Feb 7 from 2:00-5:00 PM; room TBA
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 .
John and Jane Colman make gift of $900K to endow the Craft of Teaching (October 30, 2013)
John and Jane Colman, long-time friends and supporters of the Divinity School, have made a generous gift of $900,000 to endow the Craft of Teaching. The entire Divinity School community is deeply appreciative of their vision and leadership. Read more here.
The Craft of Teaching not only has a new Facebook page, we now have a members-only group for online conversation about pedagogy! We'll communicate event info on our FB page, while our FB group is intended as a semi-private place to post questions, share ideas, and otherwise confer about teaching and professionalization. You could share your thoughts on the last Craft of Teaching Seminar; or ask other teachers for advice about leading an upcoming discussion section; or post a link to an interesting article on the future of religious studies departments. It will also be a fantastic place to connect with and ask questions of Div School alums on FB, who are eager to share their teaching experiences with current students. Be sure to like our page and join our group the next time you're on FB!
Authority in the Classroom
Monday, January 27 from 12:00-1:30PM in Swift 201
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, room TBA
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.
See our full winter schedule here.
Dean's Quarterly Craft of Teaching Seminar with Jonathan Z. Smith (Winter 2013)
February 27, 2013
Led by Prof. Jonathan Z. Smith, Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor of the Humanities, Associate Faculty in the Divinity School, and author of a collection of essays on pedagogy entitled On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith (edited by Christopher Lehrich; Oxford UP, 2012). Prof. Smith discusses his approach to pedagogy especially in relation to the Introduction to Religious Studies course that he taught in the College.
Visit our Multimedia Library for audio and video of more Craft of Teaching events.
Summary of Craft of Teaching requirements for Divinity School doctoral students:
Attendance at the Center for Teaching and Learning's Workshop on Teaching in the College and the submission of a workshop journal.
Attendance at three of the Dean's Quarterly Craft of Teaching Seminars
Participation in one of the annual Divinity School Syllabus Workshops
Participation in at least seven additional Craft of Teaching programs of your choosing.