Below are full instructions for how to apply for a small grant. All application documents must be uploaded in PDF format.

1. Meet with the Dean for Faculty Development and Research Initiatives by April 10

The deadline for submission of the Small Grants proposals is April 20. Funds will be available beginning July 1. Faculty intending to apply for a grant should speak with David Wunder before submitting an application and no later than April 10.

2. Departmental Chair Reference Form

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the Online Chair Endorsement Form is submitted by his or her department chair (or, in special circumstances, the academic dean) by April 20.

3. 500-800 Word Project Proposal in PDF Format

The project proposal should describe the project, for non-specialists, including relation to the purposes and goals of the CCCS, significance and timeliness of the project, and the potential impact of the project for specific audiences.

4. Additional Information

  • A brief explanation of the cross-disciplinary nature of the project, if applying for an initial grant
  • Publication date and venue, if applying for a concluding grant
  • Timeline for the project in PDF format
  • Budget for the project in PDF format

5. Curriculum Vitae for all Participants in PDF Format

Please include all CVs in one PDF file. If you need help contact Margie Styf, CCCS Administrative Assistant, or (616) 526-6555.

6. Complete Online Application

Complete the online application, uploading all documents in PDF format by April 20.

Complete online application

Concluding Report and Responsibilities

Each funded Small Grant must complete a report at the conclusion of the funding period. All products that result from the CCCS Small Grant should acknowledge the support of the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship for the project.

Past Recipients


Susan Felch (English): Anne Vaughan Lock:Selected Poetry, Prose, and Translations with Contextual Materials.

Dave Klanderman and James Turner (Mathematics and Statistics): “Created Order and Thinking Beautifully: Investigating and Connecting Two Themes in Mathematics, Mathematical Thinking, and Mathematics Teaching and Learning.”

Katherine Kunnen and Katherine Miller, “Perceived Barriers and Supports of Mulitcultural Minority Students at a Baccalaureate Nursing Program.”

Maria Lai-Ling Lam (Business): “Managing Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations.”

Kaori Schau (Germanic and Asian Languages & Literature): “Creating an Online Collaborative Learning Community for Interfaith Dialogues between Calvin students and Students in Japanese Universities.”

Derek Schuurman (Computer Science), Steve VanderLeest (DonerWorks, Ltd.), Ethan J. Brue (Dordt College), “A Christian Field Guide to Technology.”

Ralph Stearly (GEO): “Synthesis of Hard and Inferential Data Regarding Cognitive Abilities of Long-dead Hominins, with Particular Reference to Religious Cognition.”

David Urban (English): “Religious in Shakespeare's Writings.”

Jolene Vos-Camy (French): “Two 17th century French Literature projects: Francois de Sales and Charlotte Rose Caumont La Force.”


Jeff Bouman (Service-Learning): “Reimagining Student Affairs” with Christina Edmonson, Irene Kraegel, and Sarah Visser (Student Life) and Jolyn Dalvig, Brian Jensen (Geneva College), Alex Jun (Azusa Pacific University), Jason Cha (Westmont College), Drew Moser (Taylor University), David Optiz (Messiah College), and Erin Stamile (Baylor University).

Kristin Du Mez (History): “Evangelical Masculinity, Militarism, and the Rise of Trump”

Jesse Holcomb and Debra Rienstra (English): “Collegiate Media Vision and Planning Consultation”

Kurt Schaefer (Economics): “Husband, Wife, Father, Child, Master, Slave: Peter through Roman Eyes”

Cynthia Slagter (Spanish): “Camino de Santiago: The Christian Tradition of Pilgrimage”

Kevin Timpe (Philosophy): “Celebrating 40 Years of Christian Philosophy”

Frans van Liere (History): “A Critical Edition of Andrew of Saint Victor’s Commentary on Isaiah”


Alumni Association and Penny Dykstra-Pruim (Provost’s Office): “I Was a Stranger: Intercultural Perspectives on Immigration and Refugees.”

Joel Carpenter (Nagel Institute) and Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk (Art): “Matter & Spirit: Contemporary Chinese Art and Society.”

Won Lee (Religion): “Seek the Lord!: The function of the exhortation in the structure of the book of Amos.”

David Noe (Classics): “LatinPerDiem” and a translation of John Calvin’s Duae Epistolae.

Sam Smartt (Communication Arts and Sciences) and Matt Walhout (Dean for Research and Scholarship): “Luminous.”

David Urban (English): “Milton and the Parables of Jesus.”

Frans van Liere (History): “Andrew of Saint Victor on Isaiah.”

Stacey Wieland (Communication Arts and Sciences): “Facilitating Virtuous Conversations about Divisive Issues within the Church.”


Rachael Baker (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Serita Nelesen (Computer Science), and Amy Wilstermann (Biology): Building a Community of Scientists, the development of a new collaborative project at Calvin University.

David Dornbos (Biology) and Jay Hollman, M.D. (Louisiana State University Health Science Center): A book on Meat Consumption: Health, Environment, and Ethical Implications.

Susan Felch (English), Clare Costley King’oo (University of Connecticut), and Henry Baron (emeritus, English): Translation of a Dutch article on printing in 16th century Antwerp to support the critical edition of William Tyndale’s The Obedience of a Christian Man (1528).

David Hoekema (Philosophy): Two book projects on Peacemaking and the Ethics of Development.

Jennifer Holberg (English), Jane Zwart (English), Debra Rienstra (English), and Lisa Cockrel (English): Telling the Stories of the Festival of Faith and Writing: Crafting Our Past, Preparing for Our Future, support for a summer student research assistant to catalog materials, identify themes, and compose narratives related to the history of the Festival of Faith and Writing.

Mark Mulder (Sociology) and Gerardo Marti (Davidson College): A book onThe Thousand Panes of Glass: Robert Schuller and the Normalization of American Religious Innovation.

Ralph Stearley (Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies): A book on Fossils: The Revelation of Beauty in God’s History of Creation.


Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim (Germanic & Asian Languages & Literatures): CQ for Community Building, a book on developing Cultural Intelligence (CQ) within Christian communities.

David Fuentes (Music): Professional recording of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Rock Opera, from the 2014 Calvin Theatre Company production.

F. Corey Roberts (Germanic & Asian Languages & Literatures): Expressing the Ineffable: German Pietism, the Discourse of Experience, and the Birth of Aesthetics, a book on the role of pietism in the development of philosophic aesthetics and literary fiction.

Stephanie Sandberg (Communication Arts & Sciences): Lines: The Lived Experience of Race Reprisal, an expansion of the 2010 production, with new interviews, scheduled for production in April 2016.

Robert Schoone-Jongen (History): Farms, Faiths, and Finances: Theodore F. Koch and the Sale of the Great Plains, a biography of a Dutch American land developer who promoted religiously based farming communities in Minnesota and Texas at the turn of the twentieth century.

Sam Smartt (Communication Arts & Sciences): The Verge of Shining, a documentary film featuring Calvin astronomer Larry Molnar, his students, and Rehoboth Christian School and the binary star Molnar has been tracking. 

Eric Washington (History): Heralding Africa’s Redemption, a book that examines Ethiopianism, an Afro-Protestant theology that held to the belief that God had ordained the capture and enslavement of West and West-Central Africans in order to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ, followed by their emancipation and their return to Africa to preach the gospel to Africans.


Jim Bratt (History): Korean Translation of Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat.

Donald DeGraaf (Off-Campus Programs and Kinesiology), Mwenda Ntarangwi (Off-Campus Programs and IAPCHE), and Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim (German): Workshop and student assistants for the project “Learning, Living, and Exploring One’s Faith Abroad: Embracing the Journey."

Young Kim (Classics and History): Indexing and final manuscript preparation for Epiphanius of Cyprus: Imagining an Orthodox World to be published by U of Michigan Press.

Frans van Liere (History): Indexing and funding for student assistant to compile bibliography for Victorine Texts in Translation vol. 6. Interpretation of Scripture: Practice to be published by Turnhout and New City Press.

Roman Williams (Sociology): Seeing Religion: Toward a Visual Sociology of Religion to be published by Taylor & Francis Press


Christiana de Groot (Religion), "Editing the Bible and Women: an Encyclopedia of Exegesis and Cultural History."

Mark Fackler (Communications Arts and Sciences), "Global Media Ethics."

Jennifer Hoag (Art), Sabbatical photography project.

Richard Plantinga (Religion), Thomas Thompson (Religion), and Matthew Lundberg (Religion), an Arabic translation of An Introduction to Christian Theology.

Jennifer Williams (English), "Mina Loy as Flaneur: The Female Gaze in the City."

Chris Smit and Lisa Van Arragon

Chris Smit (CAS) and Lisa Van Arragon (Art History), with Harry Plantinga (Computer Science), Bill Romanowski (CAS), Elizabeth Vander Lei (English), Keith Vander Linden (Computer Science), Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk (Art), and Jennifer Hardy Williams (English): Initial Grant to fund development of white paper and curricular proposal on digital technologies and media, within the larger framework of scholarship on the digital humanities.

Charsie Sawyer and Candice Johnson

Charsie Sawyer (Music) and Candace Johnson (Music, University of California, Berkeley): Intermediate Grant to fund development and recording of a Gospel Vocal Warm-up/Vocalizes CD, to assist Gospel music singers and directors to develop and maintain vocal, emotional, and spiritual health.

Susan Felch, Beth Quitslund, and Nicholas Temperley

Susan Felch (English), Beth Quitslund (English, Ohio University), and Nicholas Temperley (Music, University of Illinois): Concluding Grant to fund recording of 22 choral Psalms from the sixteenth-century The Whole Booke of Psalmes (also known as the “Sternhold and Hopkins Psalter”), to accompany a critical edition of this Reformation songbook, to be published by the Renaissance English Text Society (2013).

Won Lee

Won Lee (Religion): Concluding Grant to fund production costs for the Chinese-language edition of The Bible: A Library of Holy Writings, to be published by The Calvin University Press (2012).

Lisa Van Arragon

Lisa Van Arragon (Art History): Concluding Grant to fund a publishing subvention for a photographic, documentary survey of Harlem, assembled in the late 1930s but never published, to be printed by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press (2013).