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President Jinkins is co-leading Wabash colloquy for seminary deans

Jan 11, 2011
Michael Jinkins, President of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, is part of the leadership team that is facilitating the 2010-11 Teaching and Learning Colloquy for Theological School Deans, exploring “Changing Times for Theological Education.” Sponsored by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, this Lilly Endowment Inc.-funded initiative has gathered 15 deans from theological schools in the United States and Canada for two intensive sessions focused on the role and responsibility of academic deans in theological education for a new century.

Jinkins, who was Seminary Dean at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary for six years, prior to becoming a seminary president, is joining co-leaders Melanie A. May, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and Paul Myhre, Wabash Center, for the second session, January 10-14, 2011, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Through a week-long series of workshops, reflection, and conversation, Individuals serving as academic deans in theological education are provided a unique opportunity to explore new insights and best practices for strengthening their own professional capacities while nourishing their own vocational aspirations in the challenging, and changing, role of the seminary dean.

At this particular Teaching and Learning Colloquy for Deans, participants who were selected from numerous applications will help generate –from their own vocational perspectives—

  • a new vision for theological education in the 21st century;
  • resources for understanding their role and responsibility in light of emerging technologies; shifting institutional priorities; and balancing daily tasks with teaching, scholarship, and institutional mission and interpretation in the context of church and society; and
  • renewed energy among this body of individuals who serve in one of the most demanding roles in theological education.

As the program material states, “It is clear that the dean’s leadership role and responsibility are more demanding today than ever. …This colloquy will explore how deans nurture the wider aims and purposes of theological education, seeking ways in which deans can renew their vision for theological education’s crucial and irreplaceable mission while attending to scholarly, pedagogical, administrative, and ecclesial relationships that frame every aspect of the dean’s work.”

Since 1995, the Wabash Center, through on-going grant support from Lilly Endowment Inc., has sought to strengthen and enhance education in North American theological schools, colleges, and universities, by strengthening the leadership and teaching in those schools. Workshops for pre-tenured faculty; conferences on racial/ethnic diversity and teaching; online and printed resources, including the Center’s journal, Teaching, Theology, and Religion, have all contributed to the vitality and effectiveness of teaching in theological schools.

Learn more at www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu

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