Members of IAPCHE at the Internationalization Conference at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in May 2013.
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Schedule for IAPCHE Conference now available

Schedule for IAPCHE Conference now available

North America




Schedule for the conference below.

View the PDF Version HERE.

View the simplified schedule HERE.

Click on links to read descriptions of Breakout Sessions.


Thursday, June 4

12:00 - 5:00 PM - Registration 

3:00 - 4:30 PM - Breakout Session 1 : Workshops

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Optional Tour of Calvin College Campus

6:00 -9:00 PM - Dinner in Great Hall East

Keynote Speech: Getting Ahead of the Curve: Internationalizing Christian Higher Education in an era of Disruption by Dr. L. Gregory Jones, Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Strategy and Programs, Duke University; Professor of Theology, Duke Divinity School. Read his bio here.



Friday, June 5

8:00 - 5:00 pm - Calvin Book Table in Fireside Room

8:05 - 8:25 am - Worship led by Greg Scheer
Music Associate at Calvin Institute of Worship & Minister of Worship at Church of the Servant. Read his bio here.

8:30 - 10:00 am - Breakout Session 2

  • 2A - Willow East
    Bringing the Second Great Commandment to Life in Off-Campus Programs: How Service-Learning Experiences Teach Students to Love
    Jeffrey Bouman, Roland Hoksbergen, Ellie Hutchison, Meghan Bogema, and Becky Van Zanen - Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    via Skype: Dana Bates, New Horizons Foundation, Lupeni, Romania

  • 2B - Willow West
    Equipping Trainers in a Challenging Context

    Clement Majawa - Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
    Quality Teachers and Cultural Development as the Pre-Condition for Internationalizing Christian Higher Education in Africa

    Richard Edlin - Edserv International, NSW, Australia
    The Enduring Impact of Secularism on Global Christian Higher Education

    Maria Lai-Ling Lam - Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California, USA
    Better Moral Ecology in a Digitized Global Market Economy through Empathetic Practices

  • 2C - Maple
    Agency and Virtues in Study Abroad

    Matt Bonzo, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    The Risk of Giving and Receiving: When Virtues become Vices

    Robert Osburn, Wilberforce Academy, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
    Training International Students to be Agents of Change in their Nations

     David de Muijnck, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands
    International Learning Environments: a Student’s Perspective

10:00 - 10:20 am - Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Breakout Session 3

  • 3A - Willow East
    Skill Development

    Sandra Upton, Cultural Intelligence Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Best Practices in Measuring the Impact of Study Abroad on Developing the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) of Students

    Brett Everhart, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, USA
    Meeting Regional Accreditation Requirements by Showing Evidence of Annual Strategic Plan Performance Aligned with Student Curricular and Co-Curricular Learning Outcomes

    Eloise Hockett, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon, USA
    Using the Lens of Cultural Humility to Examine the Teaching and Learning Experiences in Kenya of Graduate Students

  • 3B - Willow West
    "Faculty Abroad: The Lifetime Impact." A Case Study from Russia
    John Bernbaum, Russian-American Institute, Moscow, Russia
    James Coe, Spring Arbor University & Teach the Word, Jackson, Michigan, USA
    Kurt Schaefer, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Ron Webb, Pennsylvania State University, Middletown, Pennsylvania, USA

  • 3C - Maple
    Conceptualizing the Internationalization of Christian Higher Education

    Ivan Chung, Biola University, Long Beach, California, USA
    International Education, Internationalisation, and the Christian: Definitions, Concepts, and Framework for Understanding

    Victoria Knierim, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
    Turning Big Ideas into Best Practices through Communication and Collaboration

    Ben S. Malayang III, Silliman University, Dumaguete City, Philippines
    Christian Education: A Global Imperative

12:15 - 1:15 pm - Lunch sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, a word from President Shirley Hoogstra

1:30 - 5:00 pm - Poster Sessions - White Pine

Kai Ton Chau, Kuyper College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA 
Competency-Based Education: Curriculum and Assessment for Equipping Kingdom Workers Locally and Internationally 

Jiwon Kim, Baekseok University, Cheonansi, Chungnam, South Korea 
Developing Educational Materials by Professors of Health Related Majors 

Diana Gonzalez, Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, USA
Enhancing Study Abroad Experiences 

John B. Kim, Baekseok University, Cheonansi, Chungnam, South Korea
Faith and Learning and Administration Seminar in Baekseok University 

1:30 - 3:00 pm - Breakout Session 4

  • 4A - Willow East
    Importance of Thick Liturgies in Developing Christian Intercultural Competence 
    Mark Bartels, Uganda Christian University, Uganda Christian Universiyt Partners, Sewickley,
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Kirk McClelland, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), Washington, D.C., USA
    Rachel Robinson, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), Washington, D.C., USA
    Deb Kim, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA

  • 4B - Willow West
    Embracing Our Neighbors: Learning from Others in International Contexts

    Bram de Muynck, Driestar Christian University, Gouda, Netherlands
    Mapping Christian Education worldwide

    Melanie Humphreys, The King’s University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    Building capacity for mission together

    Debra Paxton-Buursma, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Truth & Reconciliation: Exploratory Arts-based Inquiry for Global-Local Learning

  • 4C - Maple
    Higher Education and Making Disciples
    Bob Osburn, Wilberforce Academy, Roseville, Minnesota, USA
    Jooyoung Voeller, CaCHE Global, San Antonio, Texas, USA
    Amanda Sanchez, CaCHE Global, Marietta, Georgia, USA

3:00 - 3:30 pm - Break

3:30 - 5:00 pm - Breakout Session 5

  • 5A - Willow East
    Models of Delivery and Partnerships in Higher Education

    Doug Blomberg, Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Globally Accessible Christian Graduate Education

    Ron Hannaford, Biola University, La Mirada, California, USA
    “Spiritual Formation for a Diversified Global Student Body is Possible in Online Programs.”

    Lydia Bor & Rens Rottier, Driestar Christian University, Gouda, Netherlands
    Higher Education and NGO Collaboration

  • 5B - Willow West
    Christian Higher Education Management, International Services, and Conceptual Challenges

    Neil Carlson, Center for Social Research, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Should Christian Universities be Run Like Corporations? The Answer May Surprise You

    Shirley J. Roels, Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Gender equity in faith-based higher education: advancing the cause while forgiving the failures

    Cynthia Toms-Smedley, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, USA
    Global Service-Learning, Community Development, and Christian Higher Education: Contributions and Questions

  • 5C - Maple
    The Challenges of Christian Higher Education in Africa

    John Bonnell, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan, USA
    Adapting to a Changing Landscapes in Kenyan Higher Education: A Qualitative Analysis of Three Christian Universities

    Paul Mpindi, Mission French Africa Ministries, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Worldview Conflicts for Returning African Biblical and Theological Scholars

6:00 - 8:30 pm - Dinner



Saturday, June 6

8:05 - 8:25 am - Worship

8:30 - 10:00 am - Breakout Session 6

10:00 - 10:20 am - Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Breakout Session 7

  • 7A - Willow East
    Integrating Faith, Learning, and Praxis in an International Experiential Field Program
    Human Needs and Global Resources Program, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA

    James Huff, Assistant Professor, HNGR Program
    Informative and Formative: Building Commitments to Flourishing in the Classroom

    Ryan Juskus, Assistant Director, HNGR Program
    Learning Experience: How Praxis Grounds Faith & Learning

    Laura Meitzner Yoder, Director, HNGR Program
    Just Research: How Field Research on Topics of Local Importance Promotes Justice

  • 7B - Willow West
    Values and Virtues in Internationalizing Christian Higher Education

    Christopher T. Jones, Shorter University, Rome, Georgia, USA
    Great Commission Thinking in the Chemistry Classroom Begins with Small Steps toward Global Awareness

    Fernando Bullón, UNELA, PRODOLA, SENDAS, San José, Costa Rica
    Internationalization: Towards a Clear Commitment for Promoting Peace in Christian Higher Education

    Miguel Salazar Steiger, Universidad Católica San Pablo, Arequipa, Peru
    The Search for Truth as a foundation for the internationalization of Christian Higher Education 

  • 7C - Maple
    International Case Studies of Internationalizing Christian Higher Education

    Thomas M. Smith, Hope College, Holland, Michigan, USA
    Christian Higher Education: A Romanian Experience 

    Nancy Ngunan Agbe and Joseph Antyo, University of Mkar, Benue State, Nigeria
    Christian Higher Education (Che) in Nigeria: Challenges and Implications for National Development
    Reverend Tarpase Mkena of University of Mkar, Benue State, Nigeria will read this paper on their behalf

    Derek Schuurman, Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
    Computing for Schools in Developing Nations: Serving Raspberry Pi in Nicaragua

12:15 - 2:00 pm - Lunch

Participants may depart at their pleasure.

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