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Junior Faculty: Visit John McClure’s divinity class at next week’s teaching visit

Posted by on Monday, November 12, 2012 in Events.

A Teaching Visit involves a small group of faculty who observe a colleague’s class (on a selected day), followed by an hour of conversation about what was observed, particularly shared teaching challenges. The Center for Teaching has hosted Teaching Visits for many years and they have been among the most productive and helpful events we offer. They are wonderful opportunities for Vanderbilt teachers to observe directly and then discuss various forms of teaching across the disciplines, building collegiality and expertise around inquiries into teaching and learning.

John McClure, Charles G. Finney Prof of Homiletics

DIV 3042: Collaborative Preaching

What difference would it make to brainstorm a sermon with someone who is homeless? Or a victim of domestic violence? Or in prison? Or a devout atheist? Of or another faith? What difference might it make if we invited lay persons in our congregations into the sermon brainstorming process? Dialogical and collaborative forms of preaching have found renewed interest in the past fifteen years in the works of Rose, McClure, O.W. Allen, R. Allen, Tisdale, and Pagitt.

In this course, students will preach sermons informed by the spiritual and theological wisdom of others, churched and un-churched.

Date: Tuesday, November 20th
Class Time: 3:10 – 5:00 pm, followed by a 1hr discussion
Location: All Faith Chapel (Ground Floor, Divinity School)
Audience: Junior Faculty
Pedagogies: Emphasis on Professional Competencies
Facilitator: Nancy Chick
Discussion Location: All Faith Chapel


If you’d like to attend this visit, please:

  • Click the “register now” link
  • Complete the registration information
  • When the visit approaches, you will receive an email reminder
  • If you register but find that you are unable to attend, please let us know. Please be mindful that space is limited.

We endeavor to organize visits across the university in various disciplines, but visitors do not have to be in the same discipline as the course they are observing. Indeed, many faculty members have found it helpful to encounter teaching styles and strategies different than their own, which they can then discuss with colleagues after the observation and adapt to their own use.

If you are interested in hosting a Teaching Visit or have any other questions about the program, please contact the CFT’s Joe Bandy.

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