Andrews University continues to provide an environment that nurtures excellence in pedagogy and research in a strong faith environment.

The Faculty Institute is an opportunity to engage the entire faculty in professional development around themes that are important to us as an academic community. Accordingly, this year’s Faculty Institute is centered on globalization within the context of the integration of faith and learning, assessment, high tech teaching & learning, research, effective teaching and pedagogy, and wholeness and balanced living. The theme for this year’s Faculty Institute is Globalization: Engaging in Global Thinking and Learning. The Institute is another step on our continued journey toward excellence.

RSVP and Schedule

Please visit our schedule page to RSVP, learn more about the featured plenary sessions and choose from a variety of pre-institute and workshop sessions.

 

Plenary Sessions

Below is a schedule of the plenary sessions

Thursday, August 13
8:15–8:45 a.m. Worship: Alayne Thorpe, “Reflecting on Andrews University’s Mission of Globalization”—A Dialogue
8:45–9:45 a.m. Plenary: “The Dynamics of Comprehensive Internationalization”
Using a six-dimensional approach, the presentation will explore how a university can become a global campus, suitable for the 21st century.
Barbara Hill is currently senior associate for internationalization, working with U.S. and international institutions to promote global learning and to help leaders think strategically about comprehensive internationalization. She has served as a senior consultant to the Higher Education for Development program (formerly the Association Liaison Office for University Development), working to develop organizational infrastructure to serve international development through university partnerships and organizing conferences to disseminate expertise in international development. She has held senior level administrative positions at several higher education institutions, including acting director of admissions at Hood College (1979–1980), associate dean of the faculty at Barnard College/Columbia University
(1984–86), provost of Denison University (1986–1990), and president of Sweet Briar College
(1990–1996). Barbara was an ACE Fellow in 1979–80.
Friday, August 14
8:15–8:45 a.m. Worship: Alayne Thorpe—Inspirational Stories from Around the World.
8:45–9:45 a.m. Plenary: “The Scandal of Subordinating Truth to Love in Christian Scholarship”
Christian academics serve the church both as guides in Christian thinking and as models of Christian living. Many Christian institutions of higher education rightly emphasize success within the standard scholarly guilds as an indicator of responsible academic achievement. But when Christian academics engage issues that divide the church, it quickly becomes apparent that Christian scholars who seek to serve the church need to account for the overarching purpose of Christian scholarship being not the production of knowledge, but the building up of saints and holy communities. The truth that Christian scholars seek must be of a kind and pursued in a mode that results in increased love of God and love of neighbor. While the suggestion of prioritizing love in the pursuit of truth is scandalous within a secular frame, Christian love, unlike the distorted simulacra of politeness, tolerance or celebration of diversity for its own sake, does not impede the pursuit of truth but rather motivates and sustains it. In this talk, I describe The Colossian Forum’s approach to engaging divisive issues as opportunities for discipleship, drawing from our experience with divisions over origins and sexuality. I argue that, perhaps surprisingly, positioning truth within a context of love holds a potential for acquiring both, while hoping for love to emerge from the pursuit of truth might fail to produce either.
Michael Gulker is president of The Colossian Forum. A native of West Michigan, he studied philosophy and theology at Calvin College, and received his Master of Divinity from Duke in 2005. Michael was then ordained as a Mennonite pastor, serving for five years at Christ Community Church in Des Moines, Iowa. In 2011, he helped found The Colossian Forum to aid churches in creating space for Christians to honestly and directly engage today’s most divisive cultural issues, encountering them not as threats but as Christ-given opportunities to build community, deepen faith and broaden knowledge. This work is built upon the foundational Christian belief that all things hold together in Christ (Colossians 1:17).
Bob Barrett is director of Forums & Scholarship for The Colossian Forum. He has PhDs both in applied physics from Stanford University and theology from Durham University in England. He worked as a research scientist at IBM for over ten years, as a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew in England, and most recently as a postdoctoral researcher of Old Testament in Göttingen, Germany. Rob has numerous publications in fields ranging from biblical studies to physics, data storage technology and human-computer interaction, and holds many patents. His work with The Colossian Forum focuses on helping Christian communities develop a spiritual discipline of engaging divisive issues well.
7:30–9:00 p.m.
Seminary Chapel
Fall Fellowship: “Global Engagement of the Adventist Family”
This Fall Fellowship presentation looks at the Adventist system of thought from “the ground up” beginning with its foundational presuppositions with the intention of describing what might be called the “distinction of Adventism.”
David Thomas is currently dean of the School of Theology and professor of practical theology & apologetics at Walla Walla University. He has been a member of the faculty at WWU since the summer of 2001. Prior to joining the faculty, Thomas spent some 24 years in pastoral work in New England, and in Washington. His pastoral experience ranges from multiple church districts to large, multi-staff churches. While pastoring in the east, he taught as an adjunct professor at Atlantic Union College for six years. He has served on many administrative committees at conference, union and institutional levels. He has been a member of the Walla Walla College Board of Trustees. He is an ordained minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and was born on the continent of Africa of British missionary parentage. He immigrated to the United States to attend college. He is a graduate of Atlantic Union College (BA 1975) and Andrews University (MDiv 1978). He received his doctorate in pastoral ministry from Andrews University in 1999. His dissertation was titled, “A New Evangelistic Paradigm: Using Foundational Theology Issues as an Apologetic Instrument for Evangelism in a Secular World.” A frequent speaker in churches and at seminars, Thomas’s interests are primarily in theology, apologetics and pastoral life and function. He has published a number of articles and papers. In 1975, Thomas married Loralee Minty, an elementary education major from Massachusetts who currently teaches at Rogers Adventist School. They have two sons, Matthew and Jonathan, who are now gone from home into the adult world where one works as a structural engineer, the other as an auditor.
Guest Speakers
Strands: A2, F2 Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano was born in Germany, raised in Argentina, lived many years in the United States and now is planted in São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in international studies and a master’s in education with an emphasis in instructional technology. She has worked as a World Language teacher, technology integration facilitator and 21st century learning specialist. Her passions include globally connected learning, technology integration, 21st century skills and literacies, as well as digital storytelling. Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is available for national and international conference presentations, consultations and teacher training sessions. She is able to work with you and present in English, Spanish and German. Please visit Globally Connected Learning for sample topics. Silvia is known in the international blogosphere under the name of “Langwitches.” To learn about her work, subscribe to the Langwitches Blog and follow her on Twitter. She is a Curriculum21 faculty member and a regular contributor on the Tech & Learning Advisor Blog. Silvia is the author of the book “Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators” and founder of the Around the World with 80 Schools project.
Strands: A4, B4 Vicki Davis will help you teach with better results, lead with a positive impact and live with greater purpose. If you want to know what 21st century teaching looks like, many including Thomas Friedman in the “World is Flat” and Don Tapscott in “Grown Up Digital” mention Vicki as an example. The ISTE Online Learning Award, pioneer in Open Source Virtual World Technology, and Edublog Award for the Best Teacher Blog are three of the many honors she has earned. Vicki’s two books: “Reinventing Writing” and “Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds,” empower teachers to connect their students to technology and the world. Her Cool Cat Teacher Blog is consistently among the top 50 blogs in education worldwide. In 2013, Mashable named her one of “Twitter’s Top 10 Rockstar teachers.” She has created more than 20 global collaborative projects connecting students from more than 20 countries. Vicki hosts the popular Internet radio show of best practices for busy teachers “Every Classroom Matters” on the BAM Radio network. She has shared her exciting story at more than 30 conference keynotes around the world and through webinars. The Ignite Show named Vicki a “thought leader in residence.” Her articles appear in Edutopia, the Washington Post, the Atlantic and more. Vicki is a Google Certified Teacher and Discovery S.T.A.R. Educator. She lives in Camilla, Georgia, teaches full-time at Westwood Schools and is a wife and mother of three.
Strands: C1, F1 Barbara Hill is currently senior associate for internationalization, working with U.S. and international institutions to promote global learning and to help leaders think strategically about comprehensive internationalization. She has served as a senior consultant to the Higher Education for Development program (formerly the Association Liaison Office for University Development), working to develop organizational infrastructure to serve international development through university partnerships and organizing conferences to disseminate expertise in international development. She has held senior level administrative positions at several higher education institutions, including acting director of admissions at Hood College (1979–1980), associate dean of the faculty at Barnard College/Columbia University (1984–86), provost of Denison University (1986–1990), and president of Sweet Briar College (1990–1996). Barbara was an ACE Fellow in 1979–80.
Strands: C2, C3, C4, F3 Jillian Kinzie is the associate director, Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR), National Survey of Student Engagement Institute and Senior Scholar at the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. She conducts research and leads project activities on effective use of student engagement data to improve educational quality, and studies student learning outcomes assessment and evidence–based improvement in higher education. Prior to her work with CPR, she was on the IU faculty, and coordinated the master’s program in higher education and student affairs, and has more than a decade of additional experience as a research associate and administrative work in academic and student affairs. Her PhD is from Indiana University in higher education with a minor in women’s studies. She has co-authored numerous publications including “Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education” (Jossey–Bass, 2015); “Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter” (Jossey–Bass, 2010).
Strands: D1 David Thomas was born on the continent of Africa to British missionaries. At the point of entering college, his family immigrated to the east coast of the United States where he attended Atlantic Union College graduating with a BA in theology. After attending seminary, he pastored in New England for 17 years then moved to the Northwest where he pastored a large multi–staffed church. In 2001, he was asked to assume the position of dean of the School of Theology at Walla Walla University, a position he still holds. His primary professional interests are in theology and macro-hermeneutics. David is married to Loralee, an elementary school teacher. They have two sons, Matthew, a structural engineer, and Jonathan, a CPA. He enjoys sailing, woodworking and driving big rigs.
Strands: D5, D6 Chris Brewer is manager of church partner development for The Colossian Forum. He has a PhD in divinity from St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews in Scotland and is currently writing “Understanding Natural Theology” for Zondervan Academic as well as editing several additional volumes. He has an MA in historical theology and an MDiv from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and has worked both as a pastor as well as a marketing manager for Universal Forest Products, Inc. His work with The Colossian Forum focuses on equipping churches to engage divisive issues as opportunities for discipleship.
Strands: D5, D6 Rob Barrett is director of forums and scholarship for The Colossian Forum. He has PhDs in applied physics from Stanford University and theology from Durham University in England. He worked as a research scientist at IBM for over ten years, as a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew in England, and most recently as a postdoctoral researcher of Old Testament in Göttingen, Germany. Rob has numerous publications in fields ranging from biblical studies to physics, data storage technology, and human-computer interaction, and holds many patents. His work with The Colossian Forum focuses on helping Christian communities develop a spiritual discipline of engaging divisive issues well.
Strands: G3 Dr. Gale Hackworth has 30 years of experience in the mental health field. She started her work as Therapist/Case Coordinator with the Area Agency on Aging, and within a year obtained employment at Riverwood Center, Berrien County’s community mental health center. Dr. Hackworth serves as the Director of Services for Berrien Mental Health Authority, dba Riverwood Center, overseeing clinical programs and services for the agency. Riverwood Center offers a wide range of services and supports including many practices that are evidence based.
  • In 1986 Gale received her M.A. in Community Counseling from Andrews University.
  • In 2001 she received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Andrews University.
Dr. Hackworth is active in her community and enjoys the opportunity for collaboration with other agencies. She currently participates on the Hospice Ethics Committee; Berrien County FEMA, Berrien County Child Death Review Team and the Berrien County Community Corrections Advisory Committee. Gale lives in St. Joseph, Michigan with her husband, Dr. Bruce Hackworth. Bruce and Gale are the happy parents of 4 wonderful children and are grandparents to 3 lovely granddaughters. They are expecting their 4th grandchild in September. Bruce and Gale enjoy traveling especially trips to New York, Washington DC and Bloomfield Hills to visit family. Gale enjoys reading, cooking, and gardening.
Strands: G4 Dr. Paul M. Buckley is an administrator–scholar, engaged citizen, and sometimes provocateur. In his current position as Assistant Vice President and Inaugural Director of The Butler Center at Colorado College, Paul’s work champions the cause of Diversity, Inclusion, Intercultural Exchange, Equity, and Empowerment for his campus community.
Dr. Buckley’s work in Higher Education spans a number of areas including access and retention, multicultural affairs, diversity education, personal and organizational leadership development, mentorship, community engagement, and men’s identity development. He has founded nationally recognized programs in student development such as the WellsLink Leadership Program at Syracuse University and innovates best practices in student support and inclusive excellence. Paul seeks always to develop and facilitate transformative experiences for students and young people, believing in Education as a powerful vehicle for change.

Paul M. Buckley is an emerging scholar in Critical Race Theory. In 2012, he earned his Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University’s School of Education, with a dissertation focused on “Racing Discourses: Constructions and Negotiations Students Make About Race.” Since then he has presented papers and speeches on various aspects of his work. In 2013, he became a Fellow for the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth (GRID), furthering his interest in Black masculinities at the intersection of faith commitments. His most recent publication can be found in the book, Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong (2014). Paul has been a speaker and presenter at national and international conferences including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) of which he now serves on the National Advisory Council, a host of regional conferences and campuses across the nation. He is also a consultant for diversity and social justice issues in education.
Paul is mentor to hundreds of youth and young professionals. An active church member (before becoming a parent), Paul has awarded and recognized by local and regional church organizations, including recognition as “Youth Leader of the Year” for Western New York. He is a husband (of an Andrews alum) and father of two daughters. He loves God and believes in the power of the Holy Spirit that can equip Christ’s disciples to change the church and the world!

Please visit our schedule page to RSVP, learn more about the featured plenary sessions and choose from a variety of pre-institute and workshop sessions.