Seminars at Calvin

Monday, October 8, 2012 (Around 2 years ago)


This is an international conference organized by the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE) and hosted by Calvin College. To submit your proposal, please visit here.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS With the increased flow of people, goods, ideas, and capital around the world, we all now experience connections to multiple areas of the world. At the same time, the center of Christianity has shifted from the North Atlantic region toward regions south and east of there. In North America and Western Europe, the fastest growing congregations are those with immigrants from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. More students everywhere are studying or serving abroad than students did three decades ago, and immigration across national borders continues to grow.

Such changes pose challenges and opportunities for Christian higher education, particularly as institutions seek to prepare and equip students, faculty, and staff to be effective global citizens. Much of this work of internationalizing higher education, however, seems to be spearheaded by large public institutions, with relatively less of it happening within Christian higher education.

This conference is intended to explore the effects of internationalization on Christian higher education institutions around the world. How are Christian institutions preparing their students to respond to an increasingly global and interconnected world? What does internationalization mean in the context of Christian higher education? What do faculty member selection, support, and development entail when institutions internationalize? What are some of the strategies and even challenges for deep theological, cultural, and academic reflections that Christian institutions are engaging to assist in re-entry programs for students and faculty returning from various intercultural experiences? In what ways are Christian institutions successfully preparing their campuses to be hospitable to international students, faculty, and scholars? How are institutions developing pre-experience orientation and on-site cultural understandings so as to enhance the learning availed through such opportunities? Is extending institutional reach globally best served through partnerships with local institutions or through building satellite campuses abroad? How might the use of emerging communication and media tools such as Skype,, webinars, and online courses, among others, aid such partnerships in both teaching and scholarship?

These and other related questions are the focus of this international conference and is seeking participants from around the world who will examine how their institutions have approached the multiple facets of internationalization, focusing not only on successes but also on challenges and failures. The conference theme is deliberately broad to allow participants to address the research, pedagogical, outreach, and administrative strategies undertaken in internationalizing Christian higher education.


Panel Sessions Participants are invited to propose panel sessions related to the theme of the conference. Sessions will be 90 minutes in length and should be planned in such a way as to provide an in depth review and discussion of specific programs or particular issues that would be of interest to participants from different institutions. Accounts of actual experiences and examples of programs or initiatives are especially encouraged. Panels should have up to three participants plus a moderator.

Paper Submissions Proposals are invited for paper presentations that explore diverse theoretical and practical aspects of internationalizing Christian education. Paper presentations will be allocated a total of 20 minutes and will be grouped into sets of similar topics or approaches.

Concurrent Campus Presentations Proposals are invited from institutions willing to share their specific strategies, practices, and experiences of internationalization taking place on their own campuses. This is an opportunity to showcase what your institution is doing and also have an exchange of ideas and strategies with colleagues from other institutions and geographic locations pursuing similar programs and initiatives. These sessions will be scheduled for 90 minutes and are open to all participants.

Pre-Conference Workshop In conjunction with the main conference, we will offer two half-day participant-centered and highly interactive workshop: 1) “helping students returning from intercultural experiences to reflect deeply about the theological, cultural, and academic outcomes of their experiences”; and, 2) “engaging with people of other faith traditions” (Both held on Thursday May 23, 2013 from 1:30PM to 5:30PM). Participation will be by registration only and there are a limited number of available spots. Note that there is a $25.00 charge for each participant for each workshop on top of the registration cost for the conference.


Registration Registration will open on January 15, 2013. You will be able to register online at by clicking on the conference information.

Deadlines Conference paper/panel submissions deadline: December 15, 2012

Notification of acceptance of proposals: January 15, 2013

Costs Registration cost (includes registration materials and meals) $150.00 (IAPCHE members) Registration cost (includes registration materials and meals) $170.00 (non-IAPCHE members) Pre-Conference Workshop (includes reading materials) $25.00

Accommodation We’ve made arrangements for participants to stay at the Prince Conference Center (on the Calvin College campus). Please contact the Center directly at or call 1-616-526-7200 or 1-866-526-7200 (in the USA).

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