Upcoming 2012-13 Craft of Teaching Programs
Below is a regularly updated listing of 2012-13 Craft of Teaching Program events. Divinity School students from all programs, as well as interested students from outside the Divinity School, are welcome at all events. Check back frequently for additional offerings and details about locations and times. Certain programs are annual offerings or quarterly series that are required for completion of the Craft of Teaching Program. For more information, see the program requirements.
Please contact Brandon Cline, the Area Assistant for Pedagogical Initiatives in the Divinity School, for questions and inquiries.
Friday, April 12, 3:30-5:30 PM in the Swift 3rd Floor Lecture Hall
What are the biggest challenges you will face as you move from graduate education to full-time teaching? What should you be doing now to ensure you will thrive in your first years as a teacher-scholar?
As part of the Divinity School's participation in the Wabash Center's Graduate Programs Teaching Initiative, we invite you to a panel discussion featuring ten recent Divinity School alums representing a wide range of institutions and areas of study. Moderated by the Wabash Center's Eugene Gallagher (PhD, '80) and Dean Margaret Mitchell, the event will include opportunities for Q & A, and all will be invited to continue our conversation at a reception immediately following.
Friday, April 19 at 9:30 AM in Swift 106
The Islamic Studies Club (aka, Majlis) invites you to discuss pedagogy with Professor James T. Robinson. He will discuss his thought process in the envisioning of a course and the creation of a syllabus, as well as his general pedagogical approach to courses related to Islamic Studies.
Friday, April 26
Sponsored by Deputy Provost for Graduate Education, the Teaching at Public Research Universities Conference is part of an annual University of Chicago graduate student conference series that focuses on teaching at different types of institutions. This year's conference will address how to develop teaching, research, and other professional skills to succeed on the faculty at a public research university. The panel will feature Divinity School alumna (History of Religions) Prof. Elizabeth Wilson, Professor in the Department of Comparative Religion, and Affiliate in the Women's Studies Program as well as the Asian and Asian American Studies Program, Miami University of Ohio. Advanced registration is required.
Spring Craft of Teaching Seminar
Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 12:00-1:30 PM, Swift Common Room
Led by the 2013 Divinity School alumnus of the year, Prof. Michael Kinnamon (AM 1976, Ph.D. 1980), presently Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interreligious Dialogue at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. Prof. Kinnamon will introduce and discuss a course he has designed and taught, the decisions that went into its design, and some of its outcomes.
Complementary lunch will be provided for the first 25 RSVPs. (Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating meat, vegetarian, or vegan preferences.)
Friday, May 10th at 12:30-2:00PM Swift 208.
There is a widely accepted notion that teachers of ancient and so-called “dead” languages face a set of challenges distinct from that of modern language teachers, with different goals and approaches. The purpose of this workshop is to reconsider this notion. We'll be asking such questions as: What goals do we have in mind for our language students, and how successful are we in guiding them to these goals? What assumptions underlie the usual approaches to teaching ancient languages? What aspects of modern language instruction might we fruitfully incorporate into our teaching? Although Latin will be a focus of the presentation, this workshop is designed to benefit all teachers of ancient languages.
Led by Alex Lee, an advanced PhD student in the Department of Classics, University of Chicago. During his several years of teaching Latin and Greek at the university, he has developed a passion for language pedagogy. He is very interested in language acquisition theory and has experience with alternative methods of language instruction. Co-sponsored by the Department of Classics. Optional readings will be available for download in advance (link forthcoming). Pizza will be provided. Reading Packet Available Here
Thursday, May 16th from 12:00-1:30pm in Swift 106.
This workshop will continue the discussion started in the fall's "Teaching Introduction to the New Testament", which focused on articulating student-oriented course goals for a NT intro course, although attendance at that event is not a prerequisite. At this meeting, we will look at (pre-circulated) syllabi that have been used to teach NT intro courses and hear from the instructors. What kinds of assignments proved most effective in meeting the learning goals for the course? What would the instructor change before teaching the class again?
The majority of our time will then be spent working in groups on our own draft syllabi, brainstorming how we can use a variety of assignments to help students meet the course learning goals. We invite you to come prepared to share a course map for a hypothetical NT intro course, consisting of 3 course learning goals and a skeletal outline of possible assignments and readings. Bring it along to consult with your colleagues and get helpful feedback! (Even if you don't have time to prepare draft materials, please join us for the discussion.) You are welcome to bring a lunch to the meeting.
Teaching the Bible in Diverse Classrooms
Tuesday, June 4 from 4:30-6:00 PM in Swift 201
The Bible continues to be one of the world's most read and taught texts. However, in a classroom of students who come from diverse religious/cultural backgrounds and hold different and often conflicting views about the Bible, how does an instructor get everyone on the same page in order to talk about the bible in a productive way? This is a challenge whether you are teaching a course that addresses the Bible primarily or peripherally. Join panelists Prof. Simeon Chavel, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, Prof. Lucy Pick, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in the History of Christianity, and Allison Gray, PhD student in New Testament and Early Christian Literature, for a lively and informative discussion. Presented by the Hebrew Bible Workshop and the Bible Club.
Capstone Reflections on the Teaching Assistant Experience
Friday, June 7, 12:00-1:30 PM, Swift 208
In conversation with Prof. Richard Rosengarten, graduate students who served as teaching assistants in Divinity School courses during the 2012-13 academic year will reflect upon, discuss, and give feedback about their teaching experiences.