2018 CCCU New Faculty Institute


The New Faculty Institute will take place at the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI from June 4-7. The Institute, hosted by Dr. David Smith and Dr. Rick Ostrander, is designed for professors in all disciplines who are in or completing their first three years of service at a CCCU institution. Professors who have recently been appointed but have not officially begun their service are also encouraged to apply. We welcome participants from across the wide spectrum of the liberal arts and sciences, professional studies, adult learning programs and more.

This Institute provides the opportunity to dialogue with and learn from colleagues from other Christian colleges and universities, explore the integration of Christian faith with teaching and scholarship in your discipline, and consider your work and calling as a Christian professor.




4:00- 5:45 p.m.- Registration (Prince Conference Center)

6:00- 8:00 p.m.- Opening Dinner and Plenary Address: “A Life as a Christian Scholar”
George Marsden, former Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

8:00- 9:00 p.m.- Dessert Reception (Prince Center)

8:00- 8:30 a.m.- Breakfast (Prince Center)

8:30- 9:00 a.m.- Morning Worship and Devotions

9:00- 10:00 a.m.- Opening session: The Landscape of Christian Higher Education
Rick Ostrander, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professional Programs, CCCU

10:00- 10:15 a.m.- Break

10:15- 11:45 a.m.- Pedagogy as a Christian Practice: Session One
David Smith, Director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning

11:45- 1:15 p.m.- Lunch (Prince Center)

1:15- 2:45 p.m.- Pedagogy as a Christian Practice: Session Two

2:45- 3:00 p.m.- Break

3:00- 4:15 p.m.- The Creative Professor: Using the Innovative Process in Your Teaching
Don Perini, Director of the Creativity and Innovation Honors Institute, Cornerstone University

4:15- 6:00 p.m.- Free time and small group discussions

6:00 p.m.- Dinner excursion to Grand Haven, Michigan (Prince Center parking lot)

8:00- 8:30 a.m.- Breakfast (Prince Center)

8:45- 9:00 a.m.- Devotions

9:00- 10:15 a.m.- Pedagogy as a Christian Practice: Session Three

10:15- 10:30 a.m.- Break

10:30- 12:00 p.m.- Pedagogies for Diverse Learning Communities
Michelle Lloyd-Paige, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Calvin College

12:00-1:15 p.m.- Lunch (Prince Center)

1:15- 2:30 p.m.- Fulfilling Our Calling as Christian Scholars: What is Christian Scholarship?
Susan Felch, Director of the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship at Calvin College

2:30- 2:45 p.m.- Break

2:45- 4:00 p.m.- Fulfilling Our Calling as Christian Scholars: Strategies for Scholarly Success
Susan Felch

4:00- 6:00 p.m.- Free time and small group discussions

6:00- 9:00 p.m.- Dinner and evening activities (Prince Center)

8:00- 8:45 a.m.- Breakfast (Prince Center)

8:45- 9:00 a.m.- Devotions

9:00- 10:15 a.m.- Panel session: “On Institutional Citizenship”
Assorted faculty and chief academic officers

10:15- 10:30 a.m.- Break

10:30- 11:30 a.m.- Closing session: Sustaining a Career in Christian Higher Education 
David Smith and Rick Ostrander

For a word doc version of the schedule, click HERE.


Registration Class
Early Bird
(by 3/30/18)
(after 3/30/18)
Member (All Member Classes)    
 $470 $525




What Does My Registration Include?
Your registration fee includes all conference materials, meals, and outings. It does not include housing. 

Cancellation Policy:
You may cancel your registration at any time prior to the start of the program. If you must cancel, email conferences@cccu.org.  In most instances, full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the event.  From May 4 – 30, if you cancel, you will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative processing fee.  No refunds will be given if notified of the cancellation less than 7 days prior to the event.


Prince Conference Center
1800 E Beltline Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Group rate: $135 USD/night plus applicable taxes

The CCCU secured a group rate at the Prince Conference Center for participants.  You can make your hotel reservation by calling them directly at (616) 526-7200 and referring to the code: CCCU NFI2018 event.

You can also make your reservation online by clicking here. Enter code: CCCU NFI2018.

Airport Shuttle:
The Prince Conference Center offers free shuttle service between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. to and from Gerald R. Ford airport. They do require a notice of 7 days prior to arrival at the airport in order to schedule the shuttle. If proper cancellation notice of 24 hours is not given, a $25 fee will be added to the guest bill. Under circumstances of delayed and cancelled flights, they will do their best to accommodate these changes. Please contact (866) 526-7200 or (616) 526-7200 for more information.