What I Am Saying to My Class After the Election

After reading what my friend Matt Hedstrom said to his American Studies class yesterday, I realized I needed to say something to my Religion, Politics, and Law class today. Here's what I've written down. Thanks for the inspiration and the motivation, Matt.

Four Takeaways from the AAR / SBL Jobs Report

The American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature released a new report about the job market based on data drawn from the AAR/SBL job listings for the 2013-2014 academic year. The report builds on previous data that dates back to January 2001. Graduate programs in religious studies and theology should hand this … Continue reading Four Takeaways from the AAR / SBL Jobs Report

Syllabus: Honors Introduction to Religious Studies

I've shared syllabi in the past and I thought I'd do it again this semester. Below is the syllabus for my Honors Introduction to Religion Course this semester. As always, I'd love to hear feedback from folks and feel free to steal this and use it as you see fit. No twitter or blogging this … Continue reading Syllabus: Honors Introduction to Religious Studies

Tuscaloosa Bound: My New Job at the University of Alabama

I've already posted about it on Facebook and I think someone sent out a tweet about it but I'll post it here and make it official. I'm happy to announce I've accepted a one year faculty appointment in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama for 2013-1014. I'm really excited to join … Continue reading Tuscaloosa Bound: My New Job at the University of Alabama

Tomorrow: Get Free Lunch and Hear Me Talk About Teaching With Twitter

I should have posted this earlier, but I'll be speaking as part of the great Eat Talk Teach Run series at Emory. ETTR combines four short (4 minute limit) talks on teaching with free lunch and frozen yogurt. It's awesome. Come check it out. Details: Eat. Talk. Teach. Run! An event to energize grad student … Continue reading Tomorrow: Get Free Lunch and Hear Me Talk About Teaching With Twitter

Social Media and the Religious Studies Classroom: Twitter as a Third Space

I have always said that the best time to experiment as a teacher is in graduate school. In many cases your course load is lighter than as an adjunct or tenure track faculty member and your student reviews won't go in your tenure file. Instead the bad ones can go in the recycling bin. There … Continue reading Social Media and the Religious Studies Classroom: Twitter as a Third Space

Places to Send Students in Search of Religion Blog Topics

UPDATE- This post has been updated with new sites. (2/20/2014) I gave a couple of talks around Emory last week about my experience teaching with social media last semester. In the wake of those I'll be posting some resources for folks looking to use blogging or Twitter in their classes. Here is a list of … Continue reading Places to Send Students in Search of Religion Blog Topics

#REL100 in the (student) News

Pardon the self-promotion: Introductory level courses here at Emory are not famous for their enthusiastic levels of participation, attendance or commitment. Often these classes are big, too drafty or, let’s be honest, just too early in the morning to meet the same standards of discussion and debate set by upper-level courses and seminars. Professors in … Continue reading #REL100 in the (student) News

REL100 Syllabus: Blogging, Tweeting, and Deconstructing Religion

I finally finished the syllabus for REL100. Good thing, too. The first day of class is tomorrow morning. It's all filled up--40 students. Here goes nothin'! REL 100: Introduction to Religion Christian and Hindu Traditions Michael J. Altman @MichaelJAltman Office Hours: Thursday 9am-noon, Callaway S220 (or by appt.) http://blogs.emory.edu/rel100 I. Course Description This course introduces … Continue reading REL100 Syllabus: Blogging, Tweeting, and Deconstructing Religion

Drafting a Syllabus: REL100 Intro. to Religion- Christian and Hindu Traditions

I've been preparing for my maiden voyage in the world of teaching this coming semester. I've been given the privileged of  teaching my own class: Religion 100 Introduction to Religion. At Emory we teach this course comparatively so every class picks two traditions to focus on. Being an Americanist who studies Hinduism in American culture, I of … Continue reading Drafting a Syllabus: REL100 Intro. to Religion- Christian and Hindu Traditions