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Meeting Program Units

2016 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins: 11/19/2016
Meeting Ends: 11/22/2016

Note that the deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on the day PREVIOUS to the deadline below.


Call For Papers Opens: 12/16/2015
Call For Papers Closes: 3/2/2016
Requirements for Participation

Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: ATBS offers 4 sessions. Sessions 2-4 are open for proposals: Session 1: "Developing Effective Assessments." Round-table panel and discussion session. [No proposals.] Session 2: “Teaching the Bible with Technology." We welcome presentation proposals showcasing ways in which technology effectively facilitates teaching in Biblical Studies. Priority will be given to proposals that clearly show how technology can enhance student learning. Preference is given to innovative approaches that are available to users without cost. Presentation proposals will be evaluated in terms of (1) effectiveness of topic or approach for teaching Biblical Studies, (2) clarity and timeliness of topic or approach, and (3) potential reusability or adaptability of method for wider use. Session 3: “Best Practices in Teaching Sacred Texts.” We invite proposals for a co-sponsored session with the AAR's Teaching in Religion section on best practices in teaching sacred texts in Biblical Studies and Introductory Religion courses. Successful proposals will focus on student engagement, innovative and proven pedagogy, and will include a pragmatic component. Presentations will be 15 minutes of which at least 5 minutes are designated as hands-on demonstration time. Session 4: "Teaching Violent Texts." We welcome presentation proposals demonstrating methods, tools, and activities for opening effective classroom dialogue and learning around the study of violence in sacred texts. Please submit proposals which clearly describe the method, tool, or activity you will present, any example text(s) addressed in your presentation, and the specific learning outcome addressed. Pedagogical examples applicable across the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, and texts that inform these, as well as sacred texts important in inter-faith dialogue, are all welcome. 20-minute long interactive presentations will be followed by 5 minutes of group conversation and feedback.

Program Unit Chairs

Renate Viveen Hood

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