Dr. Tanner Capps, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, has been selected to participate in two academic programs for Summer 2019.
The first award is a selection to join the 2018-19 cohort of the Fellowship for Protestant Ethics (FPE) at the University of Notre Dame. The FPE “seeks to build a diverse community of early-career scholars who are critically appreciative of the Protestant tradition(s) of ethical reflection and radically committed to the church’s social witness.”
During the symposium, invited participants will discuss texts, workshop works-in-progress, and interact with the 2019 keynote speaker, Professor Willie James Jennings of Yale Divinity School. Past symposia were held at Baylor University and Princeton Theological Seminary.
The second award is for the Workshop for Early Career Religion Faculty Teaching Undergraduates hosted by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion in Crawfordsville, IN. The first session will be held in July at Wabash College, Indiana; the second session will be held in January 2020, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and the final session in June 2020 again at Wabash College.
Dr. Capps is one of 14 professors from diverse scholarly specializations and institutional contexts to be selected for the program. As a collaborative learning group of teacher-scholars, they will explore topics such as “the relationship between scholarship and teaching; professional and personal life in institutional context; the implications of intersectionality in the classroom, course design, and assessment; issues of technology in education; and fellowship project design.”
Participants receive honorariums for the sessions, including travel and expenses. In addition, they are eligible to apply for fellowships for work on teaching projects during the following 2020-21 academic year.
Because the emphasis for the workshop is on teaching, Dr. Capps’s application focused on students and the learning environment of St. Andrews: who they are, how they learn, and how the subject matter of religion and theology touches students’ own interests and passions. His application was enthusiastically supported with a letter of institutional support by Dr. Edna Ann Loftus, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at St. Andrews.
St. Andrews University is a branch of Webber International University located in Laurinburg, NC. The University’s mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines, while pursuing a degree at associate, bachelor, or master level. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills. The international quality of the student body enriches personal experience and promotes understanding of international cultures and influences. Through an atmosphere in which self-discipline, creativity and cultivation of ethical standards are enhanced, the University is dedicated to teaching its students the “how to learn, how to think, and how to apply method” to each new challenge.—30—