I just got back from a great summer teaching workshop sponsored by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, and I want to let the STCP community know about resources that the Wabash Center offers. The session I attended was part of the 2014–15 Workshop for Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty at Colleges and Universities. This workshop series is geared toward pre-tenure faculty teaching classes in either religious studies or theology. But those in comparative philosophy who teach in a combined philosophy and religion department, who teach courses on Asian traditions for a religion department, or who teach courses that are cross-listed with a religion department, can check with the Wabash Center about their eligibility. Between the participants and the facilitators in the workshop I attended, four of us were specialists in Asian traditions--some with backgrounds in religious studies, some in philosophy, and some in philosophy of religion. As you might imagine, all of us had considerable overlap in the types of classes and course content that we teach at the undergraduate level. One of the best parts of the workshop, for me, was getting to learn about how colleagues in religious studies teach the material that I also cover in my philosophy classes.
The workshop offered meetings on designing syllabi, developing assignments, assessing student work, and sharing teaching tactics. My time there was amazingly productive and rewarding, and I still have two upcoming sessions in 2015 to look forward to. I hope this brief blog post will encourage others in the STCP community to consider the teaching resources available through the Wabash Center. You can learn more about the workshops they offer here, as well as grants here.
Participants and facilitators from the 2014 summer session. It was an amazing experience--Thanks Wabash!