Public Education, Religious Studies, and Public Scholarship: Application Information

Applications for the 2022 Seminar are closed. We hope to offer a second session in 2023, likely with expanded geographic eligibility. To get updates on future sessions of this seminar, please complete the form below.

This seminar will gather together a group of up to seven graduate students and faculty to participate in a series of six training sessions including:

  • best practices for communicating their scholarly expertise for a non-academic audience;
  • the current status of religion and public education in our region, and;
  • how scholars of religious studies and theology can contribute to enhancing the understanding of religion in the K-12 education environment.

Seminar participants will learn from current K-12 teachers, education researchers, and other experts in the field of religion and education. Each participant will develop a public-facing product that presents their area of expertise in a manner that is accessible to K-12 educators and/or teacher educators.

2022 Program Dates:

Saturday, March 12 (10:00am – 3:00pm): In-person workshop*

Thursday, March 31 (7:00pm – 9:00pm): Online workshop

Thursday, April 21 (7:00pm – 9:00pm): Online workshop

Thursday, May 12 (7:00pm – 9:00pm): Online workshop

Saturday, May 21 (7:00pm – 9:00pm): In-person workshop*

Thursday, May 26 (10:00am – 3:00pm): Online workshop

*In-person workshops will be held in Boston at a location accessible by public transit. Details TBD. 

*Participants must show proof of vaccination and wear appropriate face-coverings in accordance with current requirements and recommendations at the time of the events. 

Additional Details:


  • Doctoral students, Faculty in religious studies or theology, OR Scholars working in religious studies or theology who are not full time faculty
  • Located in the New England & Canadian Maritimes region (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, plus the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island).


  • January 2022: Applications open 
  • February-May 2022: Public Scholarship Seminars
  • June-July 2022: Participants collaborate with local schools/districts to support teacher learning and share their expertise

Application Deadline: Friday, February 25, 2022 – Deadline extended!

Applicants will be notified of a decision by March 2

Over the course of the seminar, participants will develop a public-facing product that presents their area of expertise in a manner that is accessible to K-12 educators and/or teacher educators. There will be multiple opportunities to receive feedback from workshop presenters, peers, and current K-12 educators.

Participants will receive a $250 stipend. Costs associated with participating in additional professional conferences as a part of this program will also be covered. Funds may be available to help cover travel costs for participants outside of the Greater Boston Area.

For questions, please contact Kate Soules ( or Callid Keefe-Perry (