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Meeting Program Units

2008 Annual Meeting


Meeting Begins11/22/2008
Meeting Ends11/25/2008

Call for Papers Opens: 11/17/2007
Call for Papers Closes: 2/29/2008

Requirements for Participation

Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies program unit, in an effort to diversify the types of sessions it offers during the Annual Meeting, invites proposals for the following types of presentations: Teaching Tips, Papers, Workshops, Roundtables, or Panels. Guidelines for submitting a proposal to the steering committee are as follows: A Teaching Tip is a brief (10-15 minute) presentation devoted to a very specific classroom activity the presenter has found successful in the classroom. Proposals should include a description of the activity and the format of the presentation. An Individual Paper (25-35 minutes) should develop models for teaching and learning, discuss theoretical issues, explore broad themes, and/or investigate values affecting the teaching of the bible in higher education. The proposal should include an abstract of the paper. Workshops (45-60 minutes) are teaching sessions and should actively engage participants in learning new skills and activities useful to teaching the bible. Proposals should include a description of the activity, the format of the presentation, and an overview of the learning goals for the session’s participants. Roundtables (60 – 75 minutes) are meant to encourage discussion among all who are in attendance at the session. Two or three presenters introduce a topic, briefly contribute their expertise and/or perspective, and then frame a series of discussion questions to focus audience participation. Presenters should limit their initial contribution to 7-10 minutes each, so that the majority of the time is spent in conversation. Since these sorts of discussions should model speaking across boundaries and experiences, presenters should introduce multiple viewpoints and diverse voices. Proposals should identify the topic, give the reasons for choosing this topic, include the names of the presenters, and offer a general description of the viewpoints offered by the presenters. A Panel (2 1/2 hours) consists of four or five papers org

Program Unit Chairs

Sandra L. Gravett

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For all other persons wanting to propose a paper, you must communicate directly with the chair of the program unit to which you want to propose. Chairs have the responsibility to make waiver requests, and their email addresses are available above. SBL provides membership and meeting registration waivers only for scholars who are outside the disciplines covered by the SBL program, specifically most aspects of archaeological, biblical, religious, and theological studies.

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