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Dialogue on Teaching, hosted by Nancy Lynne Westfield, Ph.D., is the monthly podcast of The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Amplifying the Wabash Center’s mission, the podcast focuses upon issues of teaching and learning in theology and religion within colleges, universities and seminaries. The podcast series will feature dialogues with faculty teaching in a wide range of institutional contexts. The conversation will illumine the teaching life.Webinar Producer: Rachel Mills Sound Engineer: Dr. Paul O. Myhre Original Podcast music by Dr. Paul O. Myhre

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United States

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Dialogue on Teaching, hosted by Nancy Lynne Westfield, Ph.D., is the monthly podcast of The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Amplifying the Wabash Center’s mission, the podcast focuses upon issues of teaching and learning in theology and religion within colleges, universities and seminaries. The podcast series will feature dialogues with faculty teaching in a wide range of institutional contexts. The conversation will illumine the teaching life.Webinar Producer: Rachel Mills Sound Engineer: Dr. Paul O. Myhre Original Podcast music by Dr. Paul O. Myhre

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English

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Episodes
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Administration as Vocation: Steed Davidson

6/18/2024
Dr. Steed Davidson is the Executive Director of the Society of Biblical Literature. In what ways do faculty positions prepare you for administrative jobs? What kind of professional formation is needed to be an administrator? How important is your team to achieving an organizational vision? What if imagination is the best skill of an administrator?

Duration:00:26:00

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Transitions in Life & Mental Health: Phillis Sheppard

6/13/2024
Phillis Sheppard is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Religion, Psychology, Culture and Womanist Thought, and Executive Director of the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements at Vanderbilt University. Life is a series of transitions. Transitions of an academic career can leave one feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, or agitated and angry. How might life transitions be negotiated for wellness, mental health, and thriving?

Duration:00:28:15

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Artificial Intelligence, Theology and Teaching: Philip Butler

6/5/2024
Philip Butler is Assistant Professor of Theology and Black Post-Human Artificial Intelligence Systems at Iliff School of Theology. What if teaching had the audacity to pose questions which disrupts reality? What if the disruption was generative, imaginative, and healing? This conversation grapples with what it means to teach at the intersection of neuroscience, technology, spirituality, and Blackness to prepare futures and reimagine leaders.

Duration:00:24:19

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Understanding Neurodivergence & Accommodations: Phillis Sheppard

5/29/2024
Phillis Sheppard is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Religion, Psychology, Culture and Womanist Thought, and Executive Director of the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements at Vanderbilt University. When adult learners have learning styles and processes which are not expected, what is the role of the Academic Dean, the role of the faculty person, the role of the student? What pedagogical innovations are needed to support learning? When you receive an "accommodation letter" - what should be done?

Duration:00:25:38

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What Counts as Teacher Failure?: Angela Parker

5/21/2024
Angela Parker, PhD is Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek with Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology. Adult students sometimes feel confronted or disrespected when their personal faith is disrupted in bible and theological courses. In what ways does a professor prepare students for deeper learning? How do professors cope with belligerent students? What does it take to build trust between teacher and students? What happens when no trust is to be found?

Duration:00:24:01

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Questioning to Make Connections: Richelle White

5/14/2024
Richelle White, PhD is Professor of Youth Ministry and Director of Field Practicum and Internships and Kuyper College. Questioning as a tool of teaching is a skill to be developed and honed. Facilitating dialogue with provocative, poignant, even powerful questions takes consideration and practice. Connecting students with the right questions, especially about turbulent issues and during challenging experiences, can be the precursor to insights and more caring communities.

Duration:00:23:39

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Taking Scholarship to the Public: Angela Parker

5/7/2024
Angela Parker, PhD is Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek with Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology. People in the public are curious about, and hungry for, conversations on bible and religion. What if scholars intentionally created public-facing scholarship on, of all places, social media? What if public policy and national discourse could be impacted through teaching the bible on TikTok?

Duration:00:22:10

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Justice Agendas in Theological Education: Sarah F. Farmer

4/30/2024
Sarah Farmer is Associate Director of the Wabash Center. What happens when scholarship is the work of passion and social change? What happens when learning mobilizes persons for liberation? What if theological education focused upon who we are to become - what then, would that curriculum look like?

Duration:00:13:59

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Teaching and Restorative Hope: Sarah Farmer

4/16/2024
Sarah Farmer is Associate Director of the Wabash Center. A conversation on Dr. Farmer's latest book pointing toward the ways hope is life giving. Hope is not sanitized - not a luxury. Hope is about possibility, survival, creativity and resilience. Learning from and with incarcerated women is life changing.

Duration:00:16:41

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Classroom Dynamics: Emily O. Gravett

4/9/2024
Emily O. Gravett is the Assistant Director of the Teaching Area in the Center for Faculty Innovation and Associate Professor of Religion at James Madison University. The power dynamics of classrooms are as varied as the teachers and the learners. Building classroom communities means being attentive to and curious about students, while allowing students the space to be eager, afraid, anxious, disagreeable, and sometimes, tired. Approaching students as real, whole people, who themselves possess considerable classroom power, must be considered and critically reflected upon.

Duration:00:26:30

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Embracing Diverse Learners and Complex Classrooms: Aizaiah G. Yong

4/2/2024
Rev. Dr. Aizaiah G. Yong is Assistant Professor of Spirituality at Claremont School of Theology. What does it take to create a classroom experience where the relational ethos among diverse learners is that we belong to one another? Learner-centered pedagogies become especially complex when learners are from a wide range of backgrounds, theologies, communities, and also possess a wide variety of aspirations and intents. What does it mean to take seriously the ways diversity of learners challenges, enriches, and creates risk in a classroom? What if teaching in diversity means humility is a primary pedagogical practice? What is the finitude of our teaching and what are our personal limits while teaching in all-kinds diversity?

Duration:00:25:36

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Teaching, Spirit & Prisons: Luke Powery

3/26/2024
The Rev. Dr. Luke Powery is Dean of Duke University Chapel and Professor of Homiletics and African and African American Studies at Duke Divinity School. In this conversation, hear stories of what happened when teaching spirituals in a federal prison, and the ways prisoners became teachers and "outside" teachers and students became learners. Hear how the Spirit can move in a classroom and make such spaces sites of Divine Encounter. What if the remedy for oppression is unleashing the power of teaching as theopathy in classrooms?

Duration:00:28:14

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Dreaming - Returning to Ancient Pedagogies - Kenneth Ngwa

3/19/2024
Dr. Kenneth Ngwa is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Director of Religion and Global Health Forum at Drew University Theological School. Dreams are states of the awake and the asleep. Dreaming is a pedagogical space for vibrancy, nurturing, healing, new knowledges, creativity, and protection and should be centered inside the development of new pedagogies. Pedagogical austerity and bankruptcy can be helped with pedagogies that heal and repair through dreaming. Dreams help humanity understand existence, reality, and freedom. Such notions as the necessity of co-dreamers, risk-sharing, and reigniting a sense of mystery are explored.

Duration:00:33:24

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The End of Theological Education: Ted A. Smith

1/30/2024
Dr. Ted A. Smith is Associate Dean of Faculty and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Divinity. What could happen if several scholars, writing in community, grappled with the shifting of theological education then made their learnings accessible? The book series Theological Education Between the Times, is just that. Hear one of the series' editors discuss the generative, challenging, and joyful process of writing in community. He also discusses his own book and his hope for the future of theological education.

Duration:00:27:12

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Writing Better: Sophfronia Scott

1/23/2024
Sophfronia Scott is Director of the Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Alma College in Alma, MI and author a numerous books including Wild Beautiful and Free and The Seeker and the Monk. Teaching scholars to write better undoubtedly fosters better teaching. What does it take to pivot away from the stale conventions of scholarly writing, and move toward writing that expresses genuine and needed ideas? How do we learn to write what we are thinking and challenged by?

Duration:00:30:28

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Teaching to Impact Society: Elías Ortega

1/16/2024
Elías Ortega is President and Professor of Religion, Ethics, and Leadership at Meadville Lombard Theological School. What would it take for theological education to become an agent of social impact? How could theological education help us learn to be better human beings? What would it mean for theological education to teach students to meet the challenges of their communities of origin? What if the scholarly contribution was synthesizing theory for the creation of the good community in regions across the country and around the world?

Duration:00:36:26

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Educating and Crisis: Jennifer Harvey

1/9/2024
Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey is Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean and Professor of Christian Ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary In an aching world, what does it take to make education accessible, meaningful, affordable, and relevant? What is the role of educational leadership when institutions are faltering, and people are in pain? What is to be done when there is no quick fix?

Duration:00:30:10

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Aim of Teaching?: Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

12/19/2023
Rev. Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi is Assistant Professor of Leadership and Formation Director of the Office of Professional Formation at Iliff School of Theology. Education is a formational endeavor. Explicit and implicit teaching outcomes are operative in our classrooms, and yet a concise agreement of the aim of teaching is too often illusive and too often un-met. What does it take to be more cohesive and coherent with curriculum?

Duration:00:27:24

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Wisdom in Retirement: Alton B. Pollard, III

12/12/2023
Dr. Alton B. Pollard, III is President Emeritus of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Now in retirement, President Pollard shares his reflections, considerations, musings and convictions on the practice of rest, the benefit of pacing one's work, the place of stillness for deeper knowing in community and the necessity of embracing the genuine self for a meaningful vocation.

Duration:00:37:25

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From Faculty to Dean-ing: Kenyatta R. Gilbert

12/5/2023
Rev. Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert is Dean of Howard School of Divinity. Shifting from being a longtime faculty member to the role and responsibility of dean can be gratifying and terrifying. Hear the story of becoming a dean who successfully raises funds, supports a diverse faculty, listens to students, and keeps the faith.

Duration:00:22:14