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This Symposium invites papers reflecting on the theme: The Development of Christian Higher Education in Canada

Papers should be related to our theme on the development, impact, and future of Christian higher education in Canada.  Possible topics may address:

  • factors that have shaped the development of Christian higher education in Canada;
  • contributions Christian higher education has made to the Christian community and wider society;
  • challenges and responses to them needed to remain relevant to church and society going forward.

Given the symposium’s theme on the development, impact, and future of Christian higher education in Canada, most papers are expected to approach the subject from an historical, theological, sociological, political, pedagogical or cultural/philosophical viewpoint.

Possible Paper Topics

In soliciting proposals related to the development, impact and future of Christian higher education in Canada, there is a considerable range of possible topics that can be addressed. What first comes to mind may be sweeping studies such as: the development of the entirety of Christian higher education, or a subset like seminary or Bible college education; the impact of one or more of these on the Christian community or the wider Canadian society; or the future of Christian higher education in an increasingly secular and post-Christian society. These or subthemes like them are all appropriate.

In addition, here are some specific examples that are meant to illustrate the wider range of possible topics: the development of views in a particular discipline such as origins or the relationship of faith and science; the response to post-modernism in different disciplines--say theology or English; the development of varying approaches to Biblical worldview based teaching and its impact across disciplines; varying approaches to student development and their impact on the faith development of students; better Biblically informed approaches to personal counseling; or changes in the approach toward social justice issues, or issues of diversity, in political science and sociology. There are many more possibilities of this type.

Christian higher education is both undergraduate and graduate and has two sectors within each level. Writers may also wish to address a particular topic related to one of the four sectors of Christian higher education--Bible college, university, seminary or graduate school. Alternatively, a comparative study would also be welcome, for example, of the differing approaches to student development or worldview based teaching in Bible college as compared to university college, or in a more Evangelical university and a more Reformed university. Again other examples are possible whether related to student formation, theological emphasis, worldview basis, changes in pedagogy or success in placing students in positions of ministry and service.



Until October 15, 2017, we will accept online submissions in response to the Call for Papers.  Abstracts should include a tentative title and abstract no longer than 300 words.  

Abstracts will be subject to blind peer review by academics and practitioners listed in the Leadership section.

Papers and Presentation

Notice of acceptance for the Symposium will be sent no later than October 31, 2017. 

Papers should be 8,000 to 10,000 words in total.

A separate summary of the paper (roughly 1500 – 2000 words) will be presented in 15-20 minutes at the Symposium in Toronto, tentatively scheduled for October 26-27, 2018, with a brief question and answer session to follow each presentation.

Style Guide for Publication

The edited volume will use the style guide of the publisher that is selected, therefore, papers should be submitted using this format for ease of editing and publication.  TBD