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CCCU Awards $95,000 for Faculty Research Grants

CCCU Awards $95,000 for Faculty Research Grants

September 22, 2022

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) announced the recipients of its Networking Grants as part of a commitment to encourage and develop quality Christian scholarship that impacts the broader academic community. A total of $95,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 17 scholars from seven CCCU institutions and two additional colleges and universities.

The Networking Grants for Christian Scholars program, founded and made possible through the long-time support of Walter and Darlene Hansen, as well as the continued commitment from Christian Community Credit Union, encourages collaborative scholarship among professors serving at CCCU institutions and connects these professors with broader scholarly networks. The goal is to create and disseminate high-quality scholarship that brings Christian voices into contemporary academic conversations.

“As with each successive year in awarding these networking grants, the selection committee was pleased to see such a wide array and diverse focus of research accompanying each submission for a networking grant. Each project submitted was competitive and each grant ultimately chosen to be awarded a grant are most certainly worthy of our support,” shares Stan Rosenberg, CCCU vice president for research and scholarship and founding director of Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO). “Each selected project focuses on a substantive research problem or question that will have impact amongst the greater academic community. We are grateful to the two sets of funders for their vision and commitment to supporting and equipping first rate research.”

Grant-funded projects are divided into two categories: Planning Grants which provide funding for 1 year and offer an award of up to $5,000 each and Initiative Grants which last for up to 3 years and award up to $30,000 each.

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2022 Planning Grant

Planning Grants enable networking teams to plan research projects by conducting exploratory conversation among a small group of scholars. This year’s recipients are:

Reframing Covenant for Nursing Theory and Practice

  • Dorolen Wolfs, Sessional Assistant Professor, Trinity Western University, BC (project director)
  • Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, Dean and Professor, Trinity Western University
  • Darlaine Jantzen, Associate Professor, Trinity Western University
  • Lynn Musto, Assistant Professor, Trinity Western University
  • Marsha Fowler, Senior Fellow and Professor of Ethics and Faculty Scholarship, Azusa Pacific University

2022 Initiative Grants

Initiative Grants are designed to enable small groups of Christian scholars to implement a research project that provide interest & significance to the larger academy. This year’s recipients are:

Is ‘Wisdom Literature’ Dead? The Future of Israelite Wisdom Studies

  • Will Kynes, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Samford University (project director)
  • Jacqueline Vayntrub, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Yale University
  • Mark Sneed, Professor of Bible, Lubbock Christian University

Religious Faith and Meaning-Making: A Multidisciplinary Approach

  • Kirk Lougheed, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the CFHF, LCC International University (project director)
  • Joshua Harris, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, The King’s University
  • Elizabeth Jackson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)
  • Myron Penner, Professor of Philosophy, Trinity Western University
  • Tricia van Dyk, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, LCC International University

Understanding Resilience in Women Refugees

  • Jamie Sanchez, Associate Professor, Biola University (project director)
  • Laura Dryjanska, Associate Professor, Biola University
  • Rachel Hagues, Associate Professor, Samford University
  • Jackie Parke, Licensed Psychologist, Private Practice

For more information on the CCCU’s Networking Grants for Christian Scholars program, including opportunities for the coming year visit

About CCCU

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of more than 185 Christian institutions around the world. Since 1976, the CCCU has served as the leading national voice of Christian higher education. With campuses across the globe, including more than 150 in the U.S. and Canada and more than 30 from an additional 19 countries, CCCU institutions are accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities whose missions are Christ- centered and rooted in the historic Christian faith. Most also have curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. The CCCU’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.


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