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Dr. Carr receives grant for educational project 'Learners Becoming Teachers'

After participating for a year in the Wabash Center's Early Career Theological School Faculty Fellowship, Dr. David Carr has received a grant for an educational project titled, "Learners Becoming Teachers: Empowering Students to Teach Principles of Biblical Interpretation."

The fellowship invited educators who were in their first years of teaching to join a community of peers and leaders who value the cultivation of capacities for empathic care, generative collegiality, and imaginative reflection about teaching as a socially responsive craft, vocation, and career. According to the fellowship's website, their conversations also recognized the liminality brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for Black Lives Matter protests, and the social uncertainty in the wake of the 2020 Presidential election. Participants from that fellowship were encouraged to apply for a grant that focuses specifically on a teaching project that's to be carried out over the course of an academic year. Carr's project was among the ones chosen to be funded.

"I want to learn more about strategies for helping students to become agents of theological education in general, and teachers of biblical interpretation specifically, in religious communities," Carr wrote in his proposal. "I also want to learn more about how to assess student learning in those areas."

The project will take place over the 2022-2023 academic year.