The development arm of the Centre focuses on the application of findings in research toward curriculum development and innovations and teaching and learning strategies as well as development of resources for teachers.

Faculty are actively engaged in curriculum development and review processes in their discipline areas, through writing subject outlines and/or participating in course development and review committees, in alignment with the Course of Study Design and Development Policy and Course of Study Review Policy. The scholarly activity ensures currency in their discipline and in higher education learning and teaching best practice

The sharing of research, disciplinary expertise and scholarship at AC is primarily through the online platform Crucis – a popular publication site. Crucis is an outlet where staff, students, alumni and other affiliates have the opportunity to contribute short articles, reflections and podcasts, based on their research and study that would benefit the wider community. By calling for the contributors to communicate their thoughts gained from personal scholarship to non-academic audiences, Crucis encourages academic writers to think through the implications of their scholarship and communicate these thoughts in accessible language that is accessible to the wider community. It includes current debates on scholarship in higher education, such as Prof Paul Oslington’s article: “Reflections on Competition in Theological Education”. While faculty members do publish the findings from their research in academic journals and books, Crucis is a place where some of those findings are presented in a manner that is accessible to wider audiences and can be used as valuable teaching resources. Crucis also provides the opportunity for alumni to continue to exercise their thinking, research, and writing skills in contributing articles based on what they are doing since the completion of their studies.

While contributions to Crucis may arise from academic research, Crucis is not a peer-reviewed academic outlet. Submissions to Crucis will be reviewed by two editors, assessing the submission based on the following criteria: 1) quality of writing/thinking 2) extent to which the submission adheres to Crucis guidelines 3) extent to which the submission adheres to the Academic Freedom Policy. Author guidelines are provided for those who wish to contribute to Crucis. 

Contributions can be inspired by academic research, sermon preparation, class assignments, personal reading/reflection, ministry experiences, etc. AC Research intends that Crucis will be part of the intellectual vocabulary of stakeholders and the broader community as a catalyst for conversation and social engagement producing ‘inspired thinking for influential living’.