On Christian Higher Education
Leading and Teaching in the Academy
October 25-27, 2018
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis Union Station Hotel
Hilton Curio Collection
Call for Papers and Presentations
For the first time ever, the Society of Professors in Christian Education will be headed to the heartland, with St. Louis as our host city. Nestled near the heart of the United States, this location is as central as it is historic. Join us in this once-and-still-great midwestern town, as we stay at a major downtown location in the city center! This newly-renovated location is an institution that has served St. Louis for well over a century.
Having spent the last two conferences refocusing on the lessons of the Reformation’s 500th Anniverary, we now turn our attention on the focus of our task as Christian higher educators. Together with other key thought leaders, we will discuss the nature of leading and teaching in the academy.
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On Christian Higher Education
We will gather in St. Louis this coming October, at the historic Union Station Hotel. Our theme will be: On Christian Higher Education: Leading and Teaching in the Academy. Christian Higher Ed is the water in which we all swim. Our members, other fellow professors, and doctoral students are all stakeholders in Christian Higher Education.
As Christian Educators, we are all uniquely positioned to influence our respective institutions in ways that give our students the best possible opportunity to learn and flourish, redemptively. Education is learning, after all. Author Ken Bain says the best teachers ask good questions. We think that’s right. So here’s some big questions that we need to stare down in Christian Higher Education.
- First, how will God preserve confessional Christian higher education if orthodox confessionalism is culturally and/or federally deemed inappropriate or non-credible as a foundation for institutional identity and mission? What voice do professors in CE have to be heard on this?
- Second, how will Christian institutions of higher education pursue excellence in pedagogy and scholarship, compared to secular institutions? How will Professors in Christian Education lead and promote change among their respective faculty on this?
- Third, how will Christian higher education respond to, adapt to, and engage redemptively with rapidly shifting demographic trends in the United States? How will professors in Christian education articulate the path forward for the academy and the church?
- Fourth, how will Christian higher education intentionally champion racial reconciliation and diversity as a fundamental point of emphasis related to confessional, missional, and institutional priorities? How will professors in Christian education embody a unity in diversity that testifies to the eternal reality of every tribe and language and people and nation, gathered together?
- Fifth, will the bifurcation of theological centrality and expertise between seminaries and Christian colleges and universities persist, or will new modes of scholarly and collegial partnership continue to emerge and grow? How will professors in Christian education bridge the divide between siloed disciplines and oft-divisive scholarly specializations?
Did we mention that these are big questions?! They are. But we think they are vital to address. And we believe that we are just the group to lead in engaging these issues for the academy, for our churches, and ultimately for the equipping of our students as lifelong learners and missional leaders. We can’t wait to see you at the upcoming conference!
Our 2018 Keynote Speakers will include leading voices in the field of Christian higher education.
Speakers are being finalized.
The schedule is posted below but is subject to change as the event approaches and final decisions are made. Members are invited and encouraged to come early or to extend their stay in order to enjoy St. Louis with colleagues or family.
We are currently receiving proposals for Current Research and Professional Development presentations through July 31 (initial review of papers will commence earlier than this, so please consider submitting early).
Each year we invite scholars to submit proposals. Our society welcomes two different types of presentations for our conferees: Academic Papers and Professional Presentations. Professors and Doctoral Students are invited to submit abstracts for consideration in one of these two categories.
Typically, “Current Research” presentations are :30 talks in which your research is presented (not merely ‘read’). “Professional Development” Presentations, on the other hand, involve content targeting the professional development of professors and doctoral students at any stage of their academic pursuits or careers.
We welcome research proposals that address the conference theme and its related strands, but also honor other ministry-based and educational research of interest to SPCE members that are consistent with our mission. This research can be empirical in nature or fit more of a historical-theological model. A high quality of workmanship is expected. Once selected, our slate of 2018 Conference Papers and Presentations will appear below and accepted presenters will be notified.
Presenters are asked to provide handouts summarizing their work and to consider sharing an electronic copy of their presentation to us to share with our membership.
Questions and Abstracts Regarding Current Research and Professional Development papers can be made to:
Director of Ed.D. Program
Assistant Professor of Leadership
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
2825 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY 40280
E-mail Dr. John David Trentham