2016 Plenary Four available

The fourth main plenary from our 2016 annual meeting, held in Pittsburgh, PA from 4-6 November 2016 is now available at vimeo. Reggie Nel, University of South Africa, and Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Vice-President and Dean of Esperanza College, focused on teaching amidst globalization. Courtney Goto was the moderator.

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Memorial service for Yolanda Smith, January 27th

There will be a memorial service for our former president, and beloved scholar, Yolanda Smith at Yale Divinity’s Marquand Chapel on Friday, January 27th starting at 4 pm. Everyone is welcome, and if you are not able to come you are invited to hold the community in prayer at that time.

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100 days, 100 letters

There is a new effort underway — American Values, Religious Voices— to have religious scholars send 100 letters in the first 100 days of the new administration in DC. The letter writers have already been chosen and are working on their letters. The effort is asking organizations and individuals to publicize it, and to draw on the letters — which will be made available on the web as they are sent out — as a source of conversation and for learning events. You can find out more at their website, which has many ideas for how local organizations can take action.

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Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education

Fordham University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE). Founded in 1841 and located in the heart of New York City, Fordham’s nine colleges and schools enroll over 15,200 students, including over 6,400 graduate and professional students. As the Jesuit University of New York, Fordham fosters the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of the whole student and prepares him or her for leadership in a global society. Both reflecting and contributing to the vibrancy of New York City, the University is actively engaged in a strategic planning process that aims to make Fordham the model urban Jesuit university for the 21st century.

The Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education serves the mission of Fordham University by charting future directions in religious education, pastoral care and counseling, pastoral studies, and the study and practice of Christian spirituality.

Drawing on the expertise of 8 full-time faculty, GRE currently serves over 230 students in its various programs. Degree candidates and non-matriculated students originate from across North America, as well as from Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe.

Students may choose to pursue a Ph.D. in religious education; a D.Min. with concentrations in Christian spirituality, pastoral ministry, practical theology, and Latino ministry; an M.A. with concentrations in pastoral studies, pastoral counseling, pastoral care, religious education, and Christian spirituality; and advanced certificate programs in Christian spirituality, faith formation, and Latino ministry. Though GRE is housed on Fordham’s Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, coursework can be pursued on-campus, online, and in a hybrid format.

GRE seeks a Dean who is an accomplished academic leader and is firmly committed to cultivating the Catholic, Jesuit, and ecumenical dimensions of Fordham University’s mission. S/he will have an earned doctorate, along with a strong record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with an appointment to the tenured faculty within one of the academic areas of the School. The Dean will also possess the appropriate management, fundraising, and grant-writing skills, as well as the creative imagination to respond programmatically to the evolving shape of religious education, pastoral care and counseling, Christian spirituality, and pastoral studies and practice-based theology. Familiarity with trends in the integration of technology and education, with a focus on distance learning and the globalization of education, will be necessary for future programmatic development. A commitment to mentoring faculty, helping them to identify appropriate professional goals and fostering their ongoing development as scholars and teachers, will also be necessary.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a capacity to articulate and advance a vision for the GRE that draws upon its programmatic strengths and affirms the mission of Fordham University. S/he will possess an understanding and appreciation of contemporary society and culture, including the capacity to engage with international members of the student body and the concerns of diverse faith communities. S/he will be dedicated to a collaborative style of leadership and collegial governance and will build strong relationships with faculty; with the Provost; with other University administrators; with colleges, schools, and departments across the University; as well as with the local leadership of the Catholic community and other local faith communities. S/he will embrace Fordham University’s commitment to diversity, that is to being a community that welcomes and honors all who come to us—whether as students, faculty members, or members of our staff. Successful candidates will also have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit education.

Applicants should provide a letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, a current CV, and the names and contact information for five references. More information about GRE, as well as about Fordham University and its mission, may be found at: www.fordham.edu

All inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be sent electronically to: jmccartin1@fordham.edu. Application deadline is February 10, 2017. Review of candidates will begin immediately thereafter. The search will be conducted with full confidentiality, and candidates will be notified before references are contacted. The Dean will be appointed in Spring 2017, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2017.

Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College in the United Kingdom.

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2016 Plenary Three available

The third main plenary from our 2016 annual meeting, held in Pittsburgh, PA from 4-6 November 2016 is now available at vimeo. David Hansen, the Weinberg Professor in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University spoke on “Cosmopolitanism as Education: A Philosophy for Educators in Our Time.” Aaron Ghiloni, Dean of Research, Trinity College Queensland offered a substantial response, and then the audience participated in Q&A. Siebren Miedema moderated.

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Dir. of Global Mission Ctr. for Chris. Ed. and Prof. of Chris. Ed.

Union Presbyterian Seminary (UPSem) invites applications and nominations for a full-time faculty position as Director of the Global Mission Center for Christian Education and (Professor) of Christian Education to serve primarily on our Richmond, Virginia campus beginning August 1, 2017. The person appointed to this position will be assigned a faculty rank commensurate with their background and qualifications for this position. Since this is a faculty position with primary responsibility in administration, the person serving in this position is not eligible for tenure. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

This faculty member will fulfill two critical functions at Union Presbyterian Seminary: directing the Global Mission Center for Christian Education; and serving as a faculty member in Christian Education, with responsibilities in teaching and advising, and contributing to the general work of the Christian Education department and faculty. In directing the Global Mission Center, he or she will serve the seminary in multiple capacities:

  • as a primary designer, implementer, and evaluator of the programming of the Global Mission Center, in collaboration with the president, academic dean (Richmond campus), Christian Education department, Leadership Institute, and faculty in general;
  • as a relationship builder with entities with which the Global Mission Center may develop new or deeper partnerships, including the Korean Global Mission Center and theological institutions and programs in countries in which the seminary has relationships, including Ghana, South Korea, China, India, Central America, and Egypt;
  • as an advisory resource and consultant, when the Admissions Committee considers international student applications;
  • as an advisory resource and consultant in the work of the Community Life Committee, as it addresses multi-cultural and multi-racial issues and concerns;
  • as an advising and mentoring resource for international students and their families;
  • as a resource for the seminary’s international travel seminars, particularly those seminars that may advance the work of the Global Mission Center for Christian Education.

As an instructor in Christian Education, he or she must be competent to teach in the field of Christian education and be enthusiastic about teaching in a hybrid distance learning program as well as in a traditional residential program. In teaching primarily in the master’s level programs in Richmond and the M.A. in Christian Education program in the Extended Campus Program, his or her instructional responsibilities center upon the following:

  • He or she will teach at least one course per year in Christian Education.
  • He or she will share academic advising responsibilities with other members of the Christian Education Department.
  • He or she will have voice and vote as a member of the Christian Education Department.
  • He or she ordinarily will co-lead or participate in one international travel seminar each year, particularly a seminar through which their participation may advance the work of the Global Mission Center for Christian Education.

Additionally, the person filling this position will be expected to participate actively in all aspects of the life of the seminary community (committees, chapel, community engagement, student advising, etc).

The person who fills this position therefore has a wide range of administrative experience and demonstrated competencies in program design, implementation, and evaluation. Cross- cultural awareness and sensitivity are essential in this position. Experience in developing relationships with international partners is highly desirable.

Given the administrative responsibilities of this position, particular skills are needed in areas such as strategic program planning, budget development, and the utilization of a variety of technologies for use in educational programming and administrative tasks. The person in this position must have excellent spoken and written communication skills. She or he must have the ability to take initiative, manage time and multiple tasks effectively, and work creatively and collegially with others in the development and coordination of programming.

Given the instructional responsibilities of this position, the person holds a doctoral degree in Christian education or a related area. She or he affirms the vocation of teaching and ideally has experience that demonstrates excellence as a teacher. She or he views the professorial office as a calling to excel in teaching, and to equip others to lead the educational ministries of the church. Ideally, she or he has a proven record of achievement and experience with online educational technologies employed in distance education.

UPSem is a graduate educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and an EO/AA employer committed to gender, racial-ethnic, and international and cultural diversity in its faculty and student body. Since its formation in 1812, it has sustained the intention of its founders to provide education for Christian ministry that is scholarly, pastoral, and engaged with contemporary life.

Please send nominations or a letter of application, CV and three letters of recommendation to Ken McFayden, Academic Dean, Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, VA, 23227, kmcfayden@upsem.edu. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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CFP Teaching in the Context of Mental Health Issues

The Wabash Journal has a call for papers out right now on “teaching in the context of mental health issues.” Papers are due September 15th, and inquiries should be directed to Thomas Pearson.

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Latest eREACH available

The January edition of eREACH is now available, full of useful resources, a reflection from our incoming president Bert Roebben, and more!

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2016 Plenary Two available

Here is the next in our series of 2016 annual meeting plenaries. This is the second plenary, which focused on bringing biographical narratives to bear on the question of finding hope in the midst of globalization as teachers. Mualla Selçuk, Sarah Tauber, Daniel Moulin and Bernhard Grümme all weighed in with powerful, contextually specific reflections.

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2016 Plenary One video available

As the New Year begins we will be posting video recordings of the plenary sessions from our 2016 annual meeting.

Here is the first one, Bert Roebben’s presidential address, which opened the meeting. Towards the end of his address you may recall that he showed a video from YouTube, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJGp3g93h6M

You can also find videos of our past meetings, and as the month continues, the rest of the videos from our 2016 meeting, at our Vimeo site.

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