Events

2017 Annual Meeting, Nov 18-21

Plan to join your colleagues in beautiful Boston for the 2017 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings.

2017 Regional Meetings

Online registrations are open:

Eastern International
Deadline: April 15 (Early bird)

New England-Maritimes
Deadline: April 8

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: April 14 (Early bird)

Upper Midwest
Deadline: April 1

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Award for Excellence in Teaching

The American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes the importance of teaching, and honors outstanding teaching in the field.

Nominations

Winners

2017  

Lynn S. Neal
Wake Forest University

2016  

Joanne Maguire Robinson
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

2015  

Judith L. Bishop
Mills College

  • Teaching Statement
2014  

Shafique N. Virani
University of Toronto

2013  

Carolyn Medine
University of Georgia

2012  

Martha J. Reineke
University of Northern Iowa

2011  

Katie Geneva Cannon
Union Theological Seminary-Presbyterian School of Christian Education

2010  

Barbara (Bobbi) Patterson
Emory University

     
2009  

Kwok Pui Lan
Episcopal Divinity School

     
2008  

Fred Glennon
Le Moyne College

     
2007  

Stacey Floyd-Thomas
Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University

     
2006  

Patricia O'Connell Killen
Pacific Lutheran University

     
2005  

Zayn Kassam
Pomona College

     
2004   

Timothy Renick
Georgia State University

     
2003    Janet Walton
Union Theological Seminary
     
2002   William Placher
Wabash College
     
2001   Eugene Gallagher
Connecticut College
     
2000   Tina Pippin
Agnes Scott College

Nominations

Criteria

  • Outstanding performance as a classroom teacher, as demonstrated by the teaching statement, representative syllabi, student evaluations, peer observations, teaching awards, and other forms of peer recognition.
  • Development of innovative and/or exceptionally effective teaching methods, courses and curricular materials, including the incorporation of technology in the classroom, community-based education, grant projects and/or contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Commitment to professional identity as a teacher of religion, including student or peer mentoring, workshop facilitation or design, and/or educational leadership at the local institution or professional societies.
  • At least five years' experience in teaching in higher education.

Selection

Members of the Committee on Teaching and Learning will assess the applications.

The Award will be presented at the Awards Ceremony held at the AAR Annual Meeting. The award recipient will also be featured at a Special Topics Forum at the AAR Annual Meeting.

Application Process

All applications must include the following materials:

  • A letter of nomination of no more than 1000 words highlighting the nominee's achievements with respect to one or more of the criteria listed above.
  • A personal teaching statement of no more than 1000 words. Please respond to the following:

    • What is effective teaching? And how do you know it?
    • What teaching principles and/or philosophies do you use in preparing to teach?
    • How do you continue to develop as a teacher?
    • What advice would you give a new teacher?
  • Three (3) additional letters of recommendation (including at least one from a student and one from a colleague).
  • Two representative syllabi.
  • A curriculum vitae of no more than three pages.

October 15 is the deadline by which nominations, and any information in support of them, must be received.

Nomination materials may be mailed or submitted electronically through the online submission system.

If mailing nomination materials, send to:

Excellence in Teaching Award
American Academy of Religion
825 Houston Mill RD NE STE 300
Atlanta, GA  30329-4205
USA

phone: 1-404-727-3049
e-mail: info@aarweb.org