Call for Papers

After a one-year postponement, we are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 9th Kuyers Institute conference on Christian teaching and learning, to be held October 6-7 at the Prince Conference Center, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. The conference will be co-hosted by INCHE (International Network for Christian Higher Education).

The already rapid pace of change in the educational environment has accelerated in recent years, fueled by factors as varied as the foregrounding of health and safety, sudden shifts to online learning, political polarization among parents and students, challenges to civil discourse, shifting demographics, ambiguous student identities, and increased needs for student and faculty support. How can Christian educators, themselves burdened by present challenges, constructively respond? How might we retain a focus on investigating intentionally Christian educational processes in an unstable environment?

We welcome paper submissions on any aspect of current change as it relates to questions about how Christian faith can inform teaching and learning processes. Papers could address Christian approaches to new pedagogical media and current challenges, ways of sustaining existing Christian emphases in changing circumstances, proposals for needed emphases or strategies moving forward, or other topics that further a sustained engagement with questions about faith and pedagogy in a time of high distraction and need.

Paper proposals of 1-2 pages, including 100-word abstracts‚ should be sent via e-mail to no later than May 20, 2022.


Registration is now open! Register for the conference at EventBrite (click here). If you prefer a downloadable registration form, find it here.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige is the executive associate to the president for diversity and inclusion and also holds an appointment of professor of sociology at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Loyd-Paige joined the department of sociology and social work at Calvin College in 1985 having finished her graduate course work at Purdue University. Loyd-Paige served as chair of the department of sociology and social work from 1999-2001; the dean for multicultural affairs from 2006–2015; was appointed as interim executive associate to the president for diversity and inclusion in 2013; and began a regular appointment as the executive associate to the president in 2015.

Dr. Jan Hábl is a happy husband and father of two children. He is professor of pedagogy at University of Hradec Králové (Czech Republic). He has written a number of books and articles including Even if No One is Looking: Foundational Questions of Ethical Education (Wipf & Stock, 2018), On Being Human(e) (Wipf & Stock, 2017), and Character Formation: A Forgotten Theme of Comenius's Didactics (2011).

Provisional conference schedule

Thursday, October 6

12:30-1:30 Lunch and opening remarks
1:30-4:05 Breakout session 1
4:05-4:30 Break
4:30-6:25 Breakout session 2
6:25-7:30 Dinner
7:30-8:50 Plenary 1
8:50-10:00 Reception

Friday, October 7

8:00-9:55 Breakout session 3
9:55-10:20 Break
10:20-12:55 Breakout session 4
12:55-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:30 Plenary 2
3:30-4:45 Breakout session 5
4:45-5:05 Break
5:05-6:20 Breakout session 6
6:20-7:30 Dinner
7:30-8:50 Plenary 3
8:50-10:00 Reception