ACHEA Conference: Second Call For Abstracts

Australian Christian Higher Education Alliance (ACHEA) Conference:

Envisioning Christian Higher Education

17, 18, 19 August 2017

30 Cowper Street Parramatta, NSW, Australia

Keynote Speakers: Professor Amos Yong (Fuller Seminary, USA) Professor Edwin Judge (Macquarie University), and Professor David Smith (Calvin College, USA).



ACHEA welcomes proposals for its upcoming conference. Submissions can be in the form of an abstract OR an extended abstract. All submissions should include:

·         Author name

·         Author affiliation and contact details

·         Name of theme to which the abstract is submitted

Abstracts(approximately 300 words) should include a brief overview of the topic, including research questions and methodology where appropriate. Abstract submissions are appropriate for established researchers. 

Extended Abstracts should include research questions (where relevant), summary of relevant literature, summary of main arguments, methodology (where relevant), and main conclusions (800 - 1000 words). Student and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to submit an extended abstract.

Please send submissions in Word format to

Submissions for the second call for abstracts will be accepted until 6th March 2017. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 31st March, 2017 at the latest.

There may be opportunity for presenters to have their papers considered for publication in special issues of disciplinary journals. Details to follow.

Proposals are invited within the following themes:

Theme 1: Christian Higher Education

What is Christian higher education? What is the current state and future of Christian higher education in Australia? What are the implications of new technologies, business models and regulation for traditional forms of Christian higher education?

Theme 2: Applied Theology

For whom is theology? The Church, the marketplace, or both? What responsibility do theologians have to speak to the wider issues of our day (such as gender, or the relocation of refugees, or global warming)? Does theology have anything to say to the way in which educators should educate, or lawyers practice law, or Christians go about earning their daily living? How should theologians help to shape Christian higher education? How should theologians ensure that the right questions get asked?           

Theme 3: Education and Schools

What are the intersections of Faith, learning and Christian education? How should we re-imagine assessment and curriculum design in Christian education? What are the potential benefits and challenges of new technologies in Christian Education? What does it mean to educate for Shalom? How can “pedagogies of desire” shape Christian education? 

Theme 4: Health and Social Sciences

What is the role of social sciences in Christian education? In what ways are qualitative and quantitative research techniques used to understand and tackle problems in Christian schools and colleges? What is the place of action research in professional formation and community development within Christian education? How can student health and well-being be promoted through empirically and theologically supported programmes?

Theme 5: Business

What is the place of business in Christian higher education?  How does Business relate to Theology and other disciplines?  What opportunities and pitfalls are associated with the Business as Mission movement? What is the role of faith at work? What are contemporary issues in leadership?

ACHEA Members

Alphacrucis College, Avondale College of Higher Education, Christian Heritage College, Eastern College Australia, Excelsia College, Morling College, Tabor College Adelaide


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