Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS) is pleased to announce that the institution is a recipient of two professional development grants and additional support from the Wabash Center.
The first grant is for a faculty member to participate in a Peer Mentoring Cluster Cohort for Early Career African American Women. Dr. Kishundra D. King, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Black Religious Thought and Life will be participating in this cluster cohort. This grant is specifically designed for a full time Black and Indigenous people of color (BIPOC) faculty member who teaches religion or theology at a college, university, or theological school in the US and Canada and is intended to support the development of multi-year, peer-to-peer, relationships through small group connections to enrich and strengthen teaching and learning.
Additionally, two members of our faculty are participating in the Teaching and Learning Workshop for Early Career Theological School Faculty. Dr. Hilary J. Scarsella, Assistant Professor of Ethics and Director of Gender, Sexual, and Racial Justice Studies, and Dr. Kishundra D. King will be participating in this series of workshops which began last summer.
The second grant is for Creating Discussion Groups: Issues of Racial Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity for Theological Schools and Seminaries. Since CRCDS seeks to be a seminary of and for the community, this discussion group plans to prioritize the development of case studies that explore how we might increase our capacity to be community accountable scholars and teachers in relation to issues of race and justice in the Rochester community.
This discussion group will be led by Dr. Deborah J. Rogers, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Theology, Culture, and the Practice of Ministry. Also participating in this discussion group are the following CRCDS faculty and staff members; Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rasmussen, Assistant Professor of Public Theology and Eco-Justice and Director of the Program for Anglican Studies, the Rev. Jacqueline J. Nelson, Director of Student Support Services and Coordinator for Spiritual Care, and the Rev. Dr. Shazetta Thompson-Hill, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program.
The Wabash Center supports faculty reflecting upon teaching and the teaching life when employed in theological education, colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The center is exclusively funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. Its activities include resource development, a re-granting program, and a wide array of cohort groups to improve teaching and the teaching life with a central aim to help teachers to teach better.
Dr. Deborah J. Rogers remarked “I am grateful for the support that Wabash has provided to CRCDS through the funding of these grant projects and workshops. As we continue to discern how to live into our mission and vision, resources such as these are a vital tool for our discernment and increase our capacity as theological educators.”