CCCU Names 2016 Networking Grants Recipients

April 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – Nearly two dozen faculty from 15 different campuses have been awarded a total of more than $40,000 in grants thanks to the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities’ 2016 Networking Grants for Christian Scholars.

The Networking Grants program mobilizes faculty to create and disseminate high quality scholarship that brings Christian voices into contemporary academic conversations. The program requires proposals to include faculty members from multiple campuses; this year’s winning proposals included faculty from at least three campuses, and each one included a faculty member from a non-CCCU campus.

“The Networking Grants enable us to serve our members throughout the CCCU by supporting rigorous, high-quality scholarship grounded in the faith-based foundation that is so essential to our collective mission,” CCCU President Shirley V. Hoogstra said. “The recipients of this year’s grants will bring new information and robust discussions to their respective fields, and we are glad to be able to support this important work.”

Even while supporting the newest grant recipients in their work (see full list below), the CCCU is opening up the next round of grants in 2017, Hoogstra said. Endowed by Walter Hansen in memory of his parents, Ken and Jean Hansen, faculty who hold full-time positions at CCCU member institutions may choose from two options. Up to three one-year Planning Grants of $1,500-$3,000 each will be awarded to teams wishing to plan research projects; up to two three-year Initiative Grants of $12,000-$18,000 each will be awarded to implement research projects.

This year, three $3000 1-year Planning Grants were awarded:

Hope in the Face of Climate Change,” directed by Patricia Bruininks (Whitworth University), seeks to understand how people maintain hope for themselves and future generations in the face of ecological apocalypse. Team members are Randy Haluza-DeLay (The King’s University), Charlotte VanOyen-Witvliet (Hope College), and Leanne Wilson (The King’s University).

“Informed compassion: the interplay of faith perspectives and humanitarian logistics” directed by Michael Veatch (Gordon College), will look at the interplay of faith perspectives and humanitarian logistics as decisions are made in planning and implementing disaster relief projects. Team members are Jarrod Goentzel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Paul Isihara (Wheaton College).

“Christian Ecumenical Cooperation and Church-and Nation-Building in Post-Soviet Europe,” directed by Telford Work (Westmont College), proposes to explore the results of Christian inter-institutional cooperation, especially across denominational lines, for both nation-building and church-building in post-Soviet European contexts. Team members are Scott Neumann (LCC International University), Thomas Boone (LCC International University), Oleh Kindiy (Ukrainian Catholic University), and Roman Soloviy (Lviv Theological Seminary).

In addition, two $18,000 3-year Initiative Grants were awarded:

“The impact of religiosity and spirituality among members of the adoptive kinship network,” directed by Elisha Marr (Calvin College) examines the role of religious motivation to adopt and the use of religious or spiritual themes to provide meaning to the adoptive experience. Team members are Emily Helder (Calvin College), Gretchen Miller Wrobel (Bethel University), and Harold D. Grotevant (University of Massachusetts Amherst).

“Christian Meaning-Making, Suffering and the Flourishing Life,” directed by Elizabeth Lewis Hall (Biola University), will examine the theological resources that people undergoing suffering bring to bear on their meaning-making process and the outcomes relevant to human flourishing that are associated with different kinds of theological meaning-making. Team members are Jamie Aten (Wheaton College), Eric Silverman (Christopher Newport University), and Jason McMartin (Biola University).

Faculty interested in the 2017 grants must apply by February 16, 2017. For more information, visit the CCCU Networking Grants for Christian Scholars website.


The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of 180 Christian institutions around the world. The 117 member campuses in North America are all regionally accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences and whose missions are Christ-centered and rooted in the historic Christian faith. In addition, 63 affiliate campuses from 20 countries are part of the CCCU. 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. Visit

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities offers 10 off-campus study programs, collectively branded BestSemester®, which expand learning opportunities for students from CCCU campuses and are designated as culture-shaping or culture-crossing programs. Culture-shaping BestSemester programs are: American Studies Program (Washington, D.C.), Contemporary Music Center (Nashville) and Los Angeles Film Studies Center (Los Angeles). Culture-crossing BestSemester programs are: Australia Studies Centre, China Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, Oxford Summer Programme, Scholars’ Semester in Oxford and Uganda Studies Program. Visit for program details.