Dr. Mark Chung Hearn, School of Theology and Ministry professor and Director of Contextual Education, received an award from the Wabash Center to take part in the 2017-2018 Teaching and Learning Workshop for Early Career Theological School Faculty.
Each year, the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion selects 14 faculty members from accredited seminaries and theological schools in the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada to work with a group of mentoring faculty from other schools of theology. Dr. Hearn will join a cohort teachers who are in their first five years of teaching to form a community of peers and leaders who value the cultivation of capacities for empathic care and generative collegiality.
The workshops and discussions will take part in two successive summer week-long gatherings at Wabash College, and a winter weekend retreat in Corpus Christi, Texas. In a balance of plenary sessions, small group discussions, workshops, and various other sessions, Dr. Hearn and cohort participants will work to further develop their craft of teaching and mentoring through critical reflection on a variety of tools, practices, and methods.
Dr. Hearn says:
“I anticipate the work I will do with different faculty mentors during our sessions together, my work in collaboration with other junior faculty, and my overall work with my own vocation as a teacher will further shape who I am become as a teacher.
I believe we will have time to discuss our own work and teaching as a way into the roles of a teacher as well as the personhood of the teacher. Both of these are vital to the work and call of a professor and my work here at the School of Theology and Ministry.”