Religious studies faculty are starting 2016 with close to $30,000 to enhance the student academic experience.

logo_color-med-szOnce Elijah Siegler, Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, applied to the Wabash Center – an organization that supports higher education institutions teaching theology and religion – he quickly learned the grant would greatly benefit his faculty and students. “We are very excited to have been selected for this grant, which will benefit not only Religious Studies faculty and students in a meaningful and long-lasting way, but also the liberal arts mission of the College as a whole,” Siegler says.

The religious studies department will be able to use funds for engaged learning practices in the classroom, such as high-impact field trips to monasteries and religious retreat centers. The grant will also be used for study away course opportunities, such as interfaith courses in Atlanta, GA, and eco-spirituality courses in Asheville, NC. Study abroad classes can also be funded. Courses on religious diversity and globalization in India and inter-religious encounters in Myanmar, for instance. Lastly, funds will enable the Department of Religious Studies to sponsor a summative conference on engaged learning in the spring of 2017.