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Scholar David Smith to Speak on "Teaching and Christian Practice"

Feb. 1, 2013

David I. SmithTeaching is a central task in the mission of the university. But how might the practices of the Christian tradition shape our classroom teaching? In what ways is the Christian identity of the university expressed through pedagogical practices? The Institute for Faith and Learning and the Academy for Teaching and Learning are pleased to welcome to the Baylor campus David I. Smith, a scholar and teacher at the forefront of reflection on these questions. Professor Smith will speak on "Teaching and Christian Practice" on Thursday, February 21 at 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium. There will be a reception immediately following. Smith's presentation will invite reflection on the practice of teaching and the connection between pedagogy and Christian higher education.

In addition to his afternoon lecture, Smith will also participate in an Engaging Faith lunch sponsored by the Academy for Teaching and Learning and the Institute for Faith and Learning. Smith's topic will be "Transformational Education: Pedagogy and the Christian University." Space is limited for the luncheon. For more details and registration, please click here.

Smith is the director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning and professor of German at Calvin College. Recognized as an expert in the field of Christian pedagogy, he speaks internationally to educators from grade school through higher education and serves as an editor of both the Journal of Higher Education and Christian Belief and the Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages. His books include: The Gift of the Stranger: Faith, Hospitality and Foreign Language Learning (with Barbara Carvill; 2000); Learning from the Stranger: Christian Faith and Cultural Diversity (2009); and Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning (with James K.A. Smith; 2011).