Teaching Theology & Religion

Cover image for Vol. 20 Issue 2

Edited By: Thomas Pearson; Director of the Wabash Center: Nadine S. Pence

Online ISSN: 1467-9647

Call for Papers

What metaphor describes you as a teacher?

What do you gain when you think about yourself as a teacher in this way?

Metaphors organize, orient, and propel curiosity and inquiry. For example, what does it mean to be “drowning in money” or for “love to be a rose? Or what does it mean to describe a teacher as a travel guide or a chef? When a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest resemblance, metaphor is born. The suggestion that two unlike things are alike widens perception and provokes thought.

Teaching Theology and Religion invites essays of 3,000 to 5,000 words presenting your metaphor for teaching and for yourself as a teacher. There is no deadline on this call. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.

In your essay, develop your metaphor in a way that gives readers a glimpse of you in the classroom doing what you do with your students. Reflect on what the metaphor reveals about your approach to the task of teaching and about your understanding of how students learn. Consider the organizing and analytical power of the metaphor and the places where it breaks down.

A brief essay on a metaphor for teaching need not be grounded in rigorous empirical data or extensive citation in the literature of teaching. The purpose is to arrest readers’ attention by developing a metaphor with explanatory power that yields insight into our shared practice and project – a metaphor that spurs imagination around the task of teaching.

Submit completed manuscripts by e-mail attachment to:
Thomas Pearson
Associate and Managing Editor for Teaching Theology and Religion