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News from the Hill January 04, 2008 | back to index

Andover Newton’s New Field Ed Program Wins National Award

Andover Newton has a long and respected history of pioneering new efforts in Theological Field Education. The latest chapter in that history involves a new approach to the on-campus portion of field education, which is the area of the Program where students draw out connections between classroom and experiential learning. The new approach, otherwise known as the Professor-Practitioner Program (P3), requires students in Field Education to participate in specially-designated courses where Professors team with Resident Ministry Practitioners (or RMPs). Students then meet in small break-out sessions with RMPs for peer supervision, mentoring, and exercises that encourage the integration of classroom theory with ministry practice.

This week P3 was named as a recipient (one of four) of the Theological Educational Renewal Award. This award, which is administered through the Faith As a Way of Life Program at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, is designed to “encourage reform in theological education by offering awards for seminary and divinity school courses that investigate the ways in which
faith is connected to the practices of daily life.” You can read more about this initiative at:

We salute Dr. Sarah Drummond who directs the program as well as Kathy Windsor, Dean Bill Herzog, our faculty and the many pastor-practitioners who have given (and continue to give!) so much to shaping this latest pioneering effort at Andover Newton.