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Meeting Program Units

2009 Annual Meeting

New Orleans, LA

Meeting Begins11/21/2009
Meeting Ends11/24/2009

Call for Papers Opens: 12/15/2008
Call for Papers Closes: 2/28/2009

Requirements for Participation

Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies section will be exploring (A) distance learning and (B) teaching outside your field of expertise.

A. We are seeking papers providing "teaching tips," about how to use any aspect of distance learning effectively. Have you experimented with podcasting your lectures? Used Skype video conferences for office hours? Created a virtual classroom with students from different campuses or different regions? We will embrace a broad definition of "distance learning" for this session, so if you have experience that you think would help others use distance learning effectively, please share your insights with us. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes; handouts are welcome. (In addition to this, we will be sponsoring a panel discussion about the pros and cons of distance education.)

B. We are also seeking papers for a "teaching tips" session focusing on how to teach courses outside your area of academic expertise. Many professors, especially those at smaller schools, don’t have the luxury of teaching classes exclusively in their area of primary training. We are seeking papers that address how to do this well. How do you quickly become familiar with major topics and issues in another specialty? How do you vary your teaching style when you are not terribly comfortable with the course material? How can students be invested with more responsibility? How useful is it to study other people’s syllabi for course outlines and textbook possibilities? How does teaching outside your field impact your primary area of research/teaching? Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes and should include your academic training, mention the course you taught outside your field, and offer specific insights on how you were able to teach it.

Program Unit Chairs

Adam L. Porter

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