October 22, 2015

Jennie S. Knight Publishes Book on Engaged Teaching

Jennie S. Knight, director of engaged teaching with Guilford’s Center for Principled Problem Solving, and co-author Renee K. Harrison, assistant professor of U.S. and African American religious history at Howard University, have published a new book, Engaged Teaching in Theology and Religion.

The book, published this month by Palgrave Macmillan, is intended to guide scholars and teachers in self-reflection that leads to intentional, transformative teaching, dialogue and reform in higher education – particularly in the fields of theological education and religious studies. It differs from other works because of its holistic focus upon the selfhood of the teacher, transformative pedagogies, integrative, inclusive course content, and best practices in community engaged teaching and learning.

In addition to addressing these four areas, the authors provide a variety of practices for teaching that take seriously students’ cries for a more socially and personally relevant pedagogy and curriculum in a rapidly changing transnational world.

The volume provides a well-reasoned and accessible re-thinking of teaching so that institutions of higher education might better live out their stated goals of forming transformative, courageous and thoughtful leaders in the 21st century. While the book is primarily focused on theological and religious studies, much of the content about teaching is relevant for faculty in diverse disciplines.

Jennie’s first book, Feminist Mysticism and Images of God: A Practical Theology, was published in 2011 by Chalice Press. She has published several book chapters and journal articles about transformative education.