Announcement about January and Spring term instruction
October 29, 2020
At its regularly scheduled meeting on October 28, the Austin Seminary faculty discussed possibilities for the instructional plan for the January and spring terms. After much discussion, we decided to continue the pattern of instruction that we have in place this fall semester. This instructional plan is contingent upon approval by our accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. We anticipate approval from SACSCOC in the coming weeks.
Our plan includes the following:
1. All courses with enrollments of 15 students or more will be conducted completely on-line.
2. Professors of courses with smaller enrollments (14 or fewer students) have the discretion to include optional, in-person sessions during regularly scheduled course hours. These optional sessions must include use of technologies (classroom cameras, Zoom, etc.) that allow students to participate remotely as well. No student will be required to take part in an in-person session.
3. January DMin courses will be conducted completely on-line.
The exact nature of MAYM electives in January and the configuration of the MAYM spring term in Nashville and Austin is yet to be determined. In the coming weeks, I will be working on a plan for both MAYM terms with Prof. Andrew Zirschky.
The past several months have been difficult for students, professors, and all members of the Seminary community. I am thankful for the hard work of so many faculty, staff, and students who have gone to great lengths to ensure that theological education at Austin Seminary continues to thrive and make a difference in our suffering world. Though we all long for a return to the kinds of classroom experiences we had prior to the pandemic, we also know that in the meantime, professors will teach from their passions and students will continue to drink from the life-giving wells of theological education. We will return to fully in-person instruction when the time is right for us to gather safely.
Dave Jensen, Academic Dean and Professor in the Clarence N. and Betty B. Frierson Distinguished Chair of Reformed Theology
Prior updates from Austin Seminary