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Engaging Faith: Teaching and Learning at Baylor

Sept. 13, 2012

Teaching is a noble profession (pardon the cliché). Is teaching a sacred profession? How do we as educators at Baylor enact teaching as a vocation? How do we fulfill Baylor's Pro Ecclesia calling in the classroom? How do our faith commitments shape our interactions with students?

To explore these and related questions, the Institute for Faith and Learning and the Academy for Teaching and Learning are pleased to announce a monthly faculty luncheon series beginning fall 2012 titled, "Engaging Faith: Teaching and Learning at Baylor." Participation for each seminar is limited to the first 15 registrants. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the IFL and ATL. Each seminar will adopt a topic for discussion (the fall list of topics appears below). Registration for the series is available through an online registration system. Please either copy and paste or type into a search engine the registration addresses below. Discussions will be co-facilitated by Darin Davis (IFL) and Lenore Wright (ATL).

Fall 2012 Engaging Faith Seminars:

Living Word: The Life of the Mind at Baylor

Thursday, September 13, 12:30-1:30, Green Room, McMullen-Connally Faculty Center

In this first seminar of the semester, participants will reflect on Baylor's aspiration to "provide transformational education that increases students' desire for wisdom, understanding of calling, and preparation for service in a diverse and interconnected global society" (Pro Futuris). How can we at Baylor continue to educate students for wisdom, calling, and service in the 21st century? What strategies, techniques, and tools might aid us in our attempts to transform students' visions of themselves and the world into a vision of divine connectedness and calling? As we reflect on Baylor's future, participants may choose to describe how they currently express or model their faith commitments for students and/or how they engage faith perspectives in the classroom. A mosaic of perspectives and ideas are welcome to the table.

REGISTER HERE http://engagingfaith1.eventbrite.com

Professing in a Digital Age: Challenges for Educators at Christian Universities

Friday, October 26, 12:30-1:30, Green Room, McMullen-Connally Faculty Center

Got Twitter? This seminar will feature visiting scholar, Dr. Rosalind Picard, Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and Director, Affective Computing Research Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Picard will discuss the paradox of digital media—the ways in which digital media both connects and disconnects us from our students, simultaneously expanding and reducing our capacity to engage students intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Participants will be invited to share concrete reflections on the opportunities and challenges of teaching in a digitally-rich environment.

REGISTER HERE http://engagingfaith2.eventbrite.com

Hospitality: Embracing God and Others

Thursday, December 6, 12:30-1:30, Green Room, McMullen-Connally Faculty Center

Our world is diverse—religiously, economically, and culturally. Given these differences, how are we called towards faithful engagement with our students? How might the practice of Christian hospitality inspire teaching and learning in ways that recognize and affirm the dignity of the human person? And how can we ourselves be transformed by the presence of those who are different than we are? To guide our discussion, participants will be asked to review a short reading in advance.

REGISTER HERE http://engagingfaith3.eventbrite.com