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01 Apr 2022
01 Apr 2022

2022 Gathering for New ATS Faculty

  • Price: FREE

Overview

By application; This gathering will explore vocation as the event’s overarching theme. Notions of vocation are shaped by contextual experiences (e.g., school context, type of contract, personal background, societal and world events). We will provide extended time for participants to process these experiences with peers from other schools. The key feature of the gathering is the cohorts that will meet regularly to discuss topics most pressing for them—balancing teaching, scholarship, service; online-onsite rhythms; navigating the world of the institution; publishing concerns; understanding faculty colleagues; and others.

The entire experience will be online, and we will use an application process, where new faculty will write a brief statement and submit a letter of recommendation from the dean.

Based on feedback from past participants during this pandemic era, our approach this year shifts from highly structured synchronous plenaries to more informal, semi-structured cohort meetings where faculty can begin building deeper connections with peers in similar professional and life stages.

All faculty applications, to include a letter of recommendation from the dean, must be received by March 11, 2022.


Agenda

Meeting Goals
1. To address key issues for newly appointed theological educators.
2. To encourage reflection on your vocation as a theological educator.
3. To promote professional relationships.

• April 1-9: asynchronous modules to learn about how your school fits into the larger picture of theological education

• Mid-April to mid-May: informal 90-minute cohort Zoom meetings every other week, with topics determined by cohorts—what is most pressing for you?*

• May 25-26, 1-4:15 p.m. ET: synchronous plenary meetings with speakers who will address most commonly discussed cohort topics

• June 6 and following: continued synchronous cohort meetings, as initiated by cohorts

*Topics for cohort discussions may include: balancing teaching, scholarship, service; online-onsite rhythms; navigating the world of the institution; tenure-clock pressures; finding the right publishing venues; understanding your faculty colleagues; your place in governance or administration; and others.


Workshops

Accommodations

Presenters
Susan Abraham

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Susan Abraham

Susan Abraham is dean of faculty, vice president of academic affairs, and professor of theology and postcolonial cultures at Pacific School of Religion. She is the author of Identity, Ethics, and Nonviolence in Postcolonial Theory: A Rahnerian Theological Assessment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and co-editor of Shoulder to Shoulder: Frontiers in Catholic Feminist Theology (Fortress, 2009). Ongoing research projects include issues in theological education and formation, interfaith and interreligious initiatives for social transformation, theology and political theory, religion and media, global Catholicism, and Christianity between colonialism and postcolonialism. Abraham brings wide experience and knowledge of higher education and institutional practices through her past affiliations with St. Bonaventure University, Harvard Divinity School, and Loyola Marymount University. Her publications, courses, and presentations weave practical theological insights from her experience of working as a youth minister in Mumbai, India, with theoretical perspectives from postcolonial theory, cultural studies, political theory, and feminist theory.

Eric Barreto

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Eric Barreto

Eric D. Barreto is Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and an ordained Baptist minister. He is the author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16 (Mohr Siebeck, 2010), the coauthor of Exploring the Bible (Fortress Press, 2016), and the editor of Reading Theologically (Fortress Press, 2014). Barreto earned a PhD from Emory University and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. For more, go to ericbarreto.com and follow him on Twitter (@ericbarreto).

Mara Brecht

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Mara Brecht

Mara Brecht is associate professor of theology at Loyola University Chicago. Broadly, her research addresses Christian faith formation in a pluralistic world. She explores classic theological questions with an eye to racial and religious diversity. Brecht writes on pedagogy, teaching and learning, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and the philosophy of Catholic education, and especially enjoys opportunities to work with faculty on developing teaching practices that align with theological heritage. She previously served as associate professor of theology and religious studies at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, and as the Barbara and Patrick Keenan Visiting Chair in Religious Education on the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. Brecht holds a doctorate in systematic theology from Fordham University, and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University Divinity School.

Jessica Young Brown

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Jessica Young Brown

Jessica Young Brown is a licensed clinical psychologist whose work explores the intersections between faith and mental health. Assistant professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, she also provides consultation to organizations and denominations on mental health, creating trauma informed communities, and addressing racism and racialized trauma. She is the author of Making Space at the Well: Mental Health and the Church, published by Judson Press. A former faculty member and current grant administrator at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University, Brown’s primary vocational tasks involve equipping clergy to engage in practices that support their health and wholeness, and to lead in ways that help members of their communities to do the same.

Gary Burge

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Gary Burge

Gary Burge is dean of the faculty at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has served at four schools over a 40-year career as a New Testament scholar. He is familiar with the variety of contexts represented in ATS and has worked in both denominational and evangelical settings. While he has published extensively in New Testament studies, Burge is also interested in faculty development and formation. He pursued this by working in faculty governance and at the seminary as coordinator of faculty development. His short book, Mapping Your Academic Career: Charting the Course of a Professor’s Life (2015) is used widely in faculty development programs. He says, “When faculty flourish, seminaries flourish. And this is when students are transformed by flourishing, life-giving academic communities.”

Andrea C. White

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Andrea C. White

Andrea C. White is associate professor of theology and culture at Union Theological Seminary. Her teaching and research fashion a nexus between womanist and constructive Christian theology, black feminist and black critical theory, and phenomenology. She has lectured and preached across the United States. and her international lectureships have taken her to Brazil, Denmark, England, India, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, and Switzerland. She is chair of Columbia University Senate’s Commission on Diversity and she served as executive director of the Society for the Study of Black Religion and chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Black Theology Unit. White is a recipient of the Lilly Theological Research Faculty Fellowship from The Association of Theological Schools and The Louisville Institute Book Grant for Minority Scholars. Prior to Union, she served on the faculty at Emory University Candler School of Theology and in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as well as pastor, hospice chaplain, and chaplain at a residential school for persons with developmental disabilities. An ordained American Baptist minister, White holds a PhD in theology from The University of Chicago, and an MDiv from Yale University Divinity School.


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Application Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2022
Acceptance notifications will be sent by Thursday, March 17, 2022.

Feel free to test your Internet connection for Zoom ahead of time: https://zoom.us/test

CONTACT:
Monica Laughery
laughery@ats.edu

Date & Time
Fri, Apr 01, 2022 ,
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Location
Online

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