Curricular Framework: 2019 Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence

The 2019 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 concurrently with the Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work, attendees are welcomed and encouraged to attend sessions in both Institutes.  The Institute on 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 discuss interfaith studies’ pedagogies, integrating interfaith and religious diversity components into general education and the core curriculum, the professional relevance of interfaith competencies, and building interfaith studies concentrations and programs.

Theme 2:  Religious Identity and Campus Diversity Priorities

  • This theme focuses on integrating religious identity into campus diversity commitments.  Sessions will include models of integrating religious identity into diversity initiatives, the unique challenges and opportunities that religious identity presents for inclusion work in higher education, creating a welcoming campus for all religious and non-religious students, and intersectional identity and interfaith cooperation.

Theme 3: Interfaith Competence and Literacy Among Faculty and Staff

  • This theme focuses on developing faculty and staff competencies to facilitate interfaith cooperation and engage religious diversity.  Sessions will cover curriculum for interfaith capacity development for faculty and staff, addressing challenging issues and conversations related to religious identity inside and outside the classroom, and equipping faculty and staff colleagues to engage religious diversity and 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 campus mission and identity to interfaith cooperation, building support and cultivating buy-in across campus, and asset mapping and strategizing for effective curricular and co-curricular prioritization of interfaith cooperation.