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Call for Papers - IAPCHE’s 8th International Conference -                       May 30-June 3, 2016

Call for Papers - IAPCHE’s 8th International Conference -                May 30-June 3, 2016






"Strengthening Christian Higher Education

in an Era of Global Transformation"


Read a full description of the conference theme here.



Format of Sessions

All sessions will be 90 minutes in length.
Paper Presentations will typically consist of two presentations of 30 minutes each plus 15 minutes for discussion.

Round Tables will provide an opportunity for up to three presenters to make a more informal 30-minute presentation on a topic of their choice.

Panel sessions are designed for 2-3 presenters and a moderator to address aspects of a common topic (e.g. a particular program initiative or institutional/cultural challenge). Accounts of actual experiences or initiatives at a particular institution are encouraged. 

Poster Sessions will consist of a number of simultaneous presentations.  Poster sessions allow attendees to speak with the presenters on a one-on-one basis. The following supplies will be provided for poster sessions:

  • Easel
  • Tri-fold display board
  • Markers
  • Push pins
  • Table
  • Chairs

​How to Submit Your Proposal

1. Create a detailed title page that includes:

  • Title of the Submission 
  • Subtheme Addressed (see list in Theme Description)
  • Presentation Format  (choose one: Paper Session, Round table, Panel Session, or Poster Session)
  • A 2-3 Sentence Description of your presentation which should not exceed 75 words in total. These will be used in the conference program.
  • Presenter(s) - For EACH presenter, list the following:
    • Full Name
    • University/Company/Organization and Location
    • Email Address 

2. Email your proposal to

***Note: There is a limit of one presentation per conference participant***



January 31, 2016*




Notification of Acceptance by:

February 12, 2016*


*Deadlines have been extended as of 1/6/2016


PDF Descriptions:

How To Submit a Proposal

Conference Theme

1 Comment(s)

Posted by David Pak on January 07, 2016

Globalization is producing an increasingly interconnected world with blurring political, economic, and particularly cultural boundaries among nations. The growing interconnectedness and the resulting formation of cultures call for leaders with compatible leadership abilities. However our existing leadership frameworks fail to answer the call. The field of leadership studies remains Eurocentric and dichotomized. This paper is an exploration of a new leadership framework which responds to this changing dynamic. It is an exploratory interview study of the leadership (roles, characteristics, and experiences) of Korean university presidents with U.S. experiences.
Twenty-five participants in total were interviewed, nineteen of whom were university presidents. This report focuses on the findings from the interviews of nine university presidents with US experiences in addition to their experiences in other cultures. The participants are all from key second-tier universities in four large/developed cities in Korea. Each interview lasts about two hours. Data is analyzed and presented thematically. A western-Korean formation approach has been used during the entire process of conducting the paper. The interviewees’ accounts and the Korean and American formation interpretations dialogue dynamically for analysis.
The identified themes on the leadership roles, characteristics, and the Korean and American experiences and influences show that these presidents integrate and blend all they have learned from Korea, the U.S., and from other cultures to solve Korea’s problems. Their leadership roles and characteristics demonstrate American, Korean, and elements from the other cultures they have been exposed to. More importantly, the presidents integrate these elements dynamically, creatively and adaptively, and their integration is contextual-personal contingent. These findings suggest an emerging leadership model/concept, formation leadership, as the calls it. Formation leadership is a constant, fluxional, and dynamic blending of the global and local, of traits and behaviors, of the personal and contextual, and of the past and the present. It is shaped in the process when politically, economically, culturally defined leadership similarities and differences across cultures meet, negotiate, and integrate constantly, dynamically, and fluxionally according to the global-local context and individual’s values and behaviors informed by their global-local experiences. The leadership characteristics of the leaders are marked by global competencies, multiple cultural and sectored mindsets, adaptable skill sets, and interdependent visions.
Formation leadership rejects both the idea that one form of leadership is universally applicable and the notion that each culture is absolutely unique. Instead it recognizes the flow of knowledge and experience across international boundaries. It takes into consideration the interactions that result from the interconnectedness of modern life and how these interactions impact leadership. It also views culture as not static but continually evolving across time and location, hence leadership is not unique to an individual culture but is an integration or formation which results from these dynamic interactions. This model offers potentially a more compatible leadership framework with emerging global network societies than the existing theories. It provides a potential framework to develop new generations of leaders effective in the globalizing age. It also provides a timely and helpful tool for the training of academic leaders with strong implications for the training of leaders in other for-profit and non-profit sectors.
On the theoretical level, this paper has attempted to bridge four important gaps in the field of leadership studies and the study of higher education: the gap between globalization and leadership, between global leadership and academic presidency, between education and business, and between American and Korean philosophical stances and paper methodologies. It connects the discourse of globalization with the study of leadership by proposing a synthesized and blended dynamic global-local lens.

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