Inclusive Pedagogy Webinar #1: Universal Design for Learning in Theological Education  

Part One (of Four) in Inclusive Pedagogy Certificate Program


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This webinar, part of the Inclusive Pedagogy Webinar Series, explores the basic principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as they relate to educators working in theological and religious education. The webinar includes discussions of syllabi and assessment development guided by UDL, as well as relevant resources that can support the integration of UDL into attendees’ current contexts.

Presenters: Sarah Barton and Heike Peckruhn
Facilitators: Rebecca Spurrier and Devan Stahl

Webinar Presenters

Sarah Jean Barton | Sarah Jean Barton is assistant professor of occupational therapy and theological ethics at Duke University with a dual faculty appointment in Duke’s School of Medicine and Divinity School. Her research focuses on the intersections of disability with theology, health, education, and religious participation. Dr. Barton’s research methodology prioritizes partnerships with individuals experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has completed recent work on Universal Design for Learning and accessible pedagogy, and her book, Becoming the Baptized Body, is forthcoming with Baylor University Press in August 2022

Heike Peckruhn | Heike Peckruhn is associate professor of religious studies at Daemen College. Her teaching and research weaves together aspects of embodiment moving through questions in theology, religion, and communal engagement. She has published on body methodologies in theology, disability studies, and queer studies, and facilitates workshops on inclusive teaching and racial identity development.

Webinar Details

March 23, 2022

1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Certificate in Inclusive Pedagogy

The Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession Committee (PWD) invites members of the American Academy of Religion to participate in four webinars designed to enhance competency in teaching topics related to disability as well as enhance accessibility in the classroom. Members who participate in all four webinars and complete evaluations of each will be receive an AAR/Committee on the Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession Certificate in Inclusive Pedagogy.

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