Curricular Framework: 2018 Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence

The 2018 Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-Wide Interfaith Excellence is intended for private colleges and universities interested in developing faculty and staff leadership to advance interfaith cooperation across the campus environment.  Running con-currently with the Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work, attendees are welcomed and encouraged to attend sessions in both institutes.  The Institute for Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence’s curriculum is organized around four themes.

Theme 1: Religious Diversity and Interfaith Studies in the Curriculum

  • This theme focuses on pedagogies, content, and methods for teaching interfaith topics in engaged and interdisciplinary ways. Sessions will cover best pedagogical practices for teaching in interfaith studies, integrating interfaith studies into the core curriculum, the relevance of interfaith competencies for professional life, and interfaith approaches to teaching world religions.

Theme 2:  Student Interfaith Leadership for Civic Engagement

  • This theme focuses on developing students’ leadership and competency in interfaith cooperation to prepare for lifelong responsible civic engagement.  Sessions will focus on the civic relevance of interfaith cooperation, facilitating challenging conversations related to religious identities and interfaith topics among students, creating and assessing student interfaith learning outcomes and goals, and experiential education opportunities in interfaith cooperation.

Theme 3: Interfaith Competence and Literacy Among Faculty and Staff

  • This theme focuses on developing faculty and staff competencies in order to create a welcoming environment for all religious and non-religious persons and promote interfaith cooperation as a campus priority. Sessions will include integrating religious identity into diversity and multicultural awareness and training, meeting the religious and non-religious needs of students, addressing challenging issues and conversations related to religious identity that arise inside and outside the classroom, and equipping faculty and staff colleagues to facilitate interfaith cooperation.

Theme 4: Cross-Curricular and Campus-wide Strategic Planning for Interfaith Cooperation

  • This theme focuses on creating an integrated cross-curricular and campus-wide strategy for prioritizing interfaith cooperation in sustainable ways. Session topics will include best practices for interfaith strategic planning, connecting your campus’s mission and identity to interfaith cooperation, building support and cultivating buy-in from departments, offices and administration for interfaith initiatives, and asset mapping and strategizing for effective curricular and co-curricular prioritization of interfaith cooperation.