The Craft of Teaching

The Craft of Teaching (CoT) 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, invited guests, and an extensive alumni network of decorated teachers to share strategies, develop skills, and advance critical reflection relating to religious studies pedagogy. Find out more here, or browse our program schedule and multimedia library. Craft of Teaching workshops are open to the whole university community, within and beyond the Divinity School.

The Craft of Teaching Autumn schedule is now live! 

You can view the full schedule here.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, five University of Chicago Divinity School-trained educators were invited to provide their unique insights as faculty members. Our Bloggers in Virtual Residence engage with some of the topics addressed by this year's CoT programming and discuss some of their own teaching experiences.
To meet our bloggers and read their thoughts, please visit the Craft of Teaching blog!
  • The Craft of Teaching has its first publication! (September, 2015)

Hearty congratulations to the graduate student Craft of Teaching participants who have been featured in a co-authored publication in the most recent volume of Teaching Theology and Religion! After the Spring 2015 workshop, "The Art of the Approach: Negotiating Hard Choices in Introductory Course Design," Prof. Russell McCutcheon, our guest for the workshop, invited four Divinity School graduate students to respond to the essay version of his presentation and collaborate on a forum-style submission to the journal. The publication, entitled "Crafting the Introductory Course in Religious Studies," consists of Prof. McCutcheon's essay, the four Divinity School responses (by Andrew Durdin, Kelli Gardner, Adam Miller, and Emily Crews), and an introduction by Aaron Hollander, Program Coordinator for the Craft of Teaching. Download the publication from the journal here and we'll keep you apprised of further interventions in the field of religious studies pedagogy by Craft of Teaching participants.

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

Microteaching: How to Handle “That” Student [Arts of Teaching]

Monday, December 3, 9:00am-12:00pm, Martin Marty Center Seminar Room

Microteaching is organized practice teaching in a supportive, low-risk environment. Participants teach a short lesson to a small group of peers and receive detailed feedback (including self-assessment based on video-recording) on their teaching strategy and performance. This Autumn’s microteaching workshop focuses on the ethics of dealing with problematic students. At some point in their careers, all educators are bound to encounter students who are hostile to their person or methods. This is doubly true in the field of religious studies, where students may come to the material with deep-seated theological convictions, and they may feel those convictions challenged or attacked by the professor over the course of the quarter or semester. In this workshop, participants will engage in a bit of role play. Led by Prof. Sarah Hammerschlag, up to ten students may RSVP, and we will ask for five volunteers to lecture for approximately ten minutes on an acadmic subject of his or her choosing. During that ten minute presentation, Prof. Hammerschlag will take on the role of problematic student and attempt to distract the lecturer. The lecturer will be tasked with handling that distraction in a constructive way. At the end of the presentation, we will brainstorm together different strategies for dealing with the distraction within our own classrooms.

Participation is strictly limited to Divinity PhD students, and advanced registration is required. If you are interested in being involved in this workshop, email the coordinators at as soon as possible to receive further information.

Coffee, tea, and breakfast items provided.

See our full Autumn 2018 lineup here

Featured Content:

Craft of Teaching's Five-Year Anniversary Celebration

The Craft of Teaching (CoT) 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. On the occasion of the five-year anniversary of the program a reception was held in Swift Hall’s Common Room. Speakers included Caroline Anglim, the president of the Divinity Students Association; Aaron Hollander, Program Coordinator; Margaret M. Mitchell, the Shailer Mathews Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature; William Rando, Associate Dean in the College and Director of the Chicago Center for Teaching, and Richard A. Rosengarten, Dean and Associate Professor of Religion and Literature.

For video, click here.

Visit our Multimedia Library for audio and video of more Craft of Teaching events.

Craft of Teaching requirements for Divinity School doctoral students:

  • Participation in the Chicago Center for Teaching's annual Teaching@Chicago Conference.

  • Participation at three Dean's Quarterly Craft of Teaching Seminars

  • Participation in three Arts of Teaching Workshops

  • Participation in at least five additional Craft of Teaching programs of your choosing

  • Submission of a Philosophy of Teaching Statement

Download the printable self-tracking sheet available in Word format or PDF.  For additional details, see the Program Requirements page.

For more information about the Craft of Teaching, please contact: craftofteaching@uchicago.edu

Cameron Ferguson
Program Coordinator, The Craft of Teaching
University of Chicago Divinity School
Caroline Anglim
Associate Coordinator, The Craft of Teaching
University of Chicago Divinity School