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GTU and Wiley to Partner for Teaching Theology & Religion in 2020

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GTU and Wiley to Partner for Teaching Theology & Religion in 2020

Berkeley, CA – February 14, 2019.  The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to announce a new partnership with John Wiley & Sons to begin overseeing publication of the journal Teaching Theology & Religion in 2020. Since its establishment in 1998, Teaching Theology & Religion has served as a leading voice in theological education in the United States and around the world. For the previous 22 years, the journal has been published by Wiley in partnership with the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

Dr. Uriah Kim, dean and vice president for academic affairs at the Graduate Theological Union, celebrated the GTU’s role in this new collaboration. “Given the GTU’s leadership in developing innovative pedagogy in the fields of theology and religion and Wiley’s openness to taking the journal in a direction closely aligned with the GTU’s work, this partnership makes perfect sense.”

The new partnership will bring with it a new editor and editorial board. Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero, director of digital learning and lecturer in theology and educational technology at the GTU, has been appointed by Wiley as the new editor of Teaching Theology & Religion. “Kyle was the first person to come to mind as we considered leadership for this new endeavor,” said Kim. “He is a creative and emerging scholar and practitioner in theological education and brings the necessary vision and skills to this editorship.”

With the first issue under the new agreement less than a year away, Schiefelbein-Guerrero has already been busy establishing a new editorial board and a renewed vision for the journal.  “I am excited to be the next editor of this prestigious journal,” he reflected, “and I want to keep the journal aligned with the GTU’s strengths in theological education.” Schiefelbein-Guerrero has established “Four I’s” that will serve as foci for the journal’s content: “The journal will be interreligious, interdisciplinary, international, and integrated with technology.” In addition to continuing to include longer articles on various pedagogical issues, book reviews, and “In the Classroom” essays about concrete practices, the revised journal will include a new section reviewing developments in learning technology.

For the journal’s inaugural year with the GTU, each quarterly issue will be devoted to one of the I’s. The first Call for Papers invites submissions on interreligious pedagogy:

How does one define “interreligious pedagogy”? Is it different from “interfaith” or “multireligious”? In what ways has this pedagogy changed over the last decade, and what is required of it in the upcoming decade? What specific practices and tools are needed for it to be engaging? How does interreligious pedagogy speak to a broken world?

Teaching Theology & Religion invites essays of 3000 to 5000 words that engage one or more questions about interreligious pedagogy in the 21st-century. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Completed manuscripts can be submitted to the editor at ttr@gtu.edu

About the Graduate Theological Union: Founded in 1962, the Graduate Theological Union is the largest center for the graduate study of religion in North America, bringing together scholars of the world’s great religious traditions to grow in knowledge, thrive in spirit, and unite in solutions. Learn more at www.gtu.edu

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