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Conference Pricing

Early Bird Deadline: September 1, 2021

Members (On-Site): $475 per person ($425 Early Bird)
Members (Virtual Via Zoom): $150
Non-Members (On-Site): $675 per person ($625 Early Bird)
Non-Members (Virtual Via Zoom): $300

Virtual Pricing Includes:

Full engagement in two-day program,
including Q&A Access to video recordings of presentations post-conference
Access to all conference resources

On-Site Pricing Includes:

Full engagement in two-day program, including Q&A Networking/Fellowship with attendees & presenters
Access to video recordings of presentations post-conference
Three night’s lodging at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn
7 meals & refreshments Access to all conference resources

Program Overview

 

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 TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP FROM THE INSIDE/OUT
Presenter: Dwight Perry, Senior VP/Education & Provost — Moody Bible Institute (IL)
Overview: Transformational leadership is an approach to leadership that best protects the heart of the leader. Explore a biblical model of transformational leadership that begins with a leader’s character and builds from there versus transactional leadership.

  • Learn the critical question that every person wants to be assured of concerning those in leadership
  • Understand the differences between transactional vs. transformational leadership
  • Discover the pitfalls to sustained transformational leadership
  • Capture the lessons learned from the life of a transformational leader; the Story of Joseph, Genesis 37-50

 SHEPHERDING THE FACULTY — LIVING IN THE GRACE/EXCELLENCE TENSION
Presenter: Eric Bargerhuff, Vice President Academic Affairs — Trinity College of Florida (FL)
Overview: In general, leading a college faculty is complex and challenging. Leading faculty in the context of biblical higher education has an additional challenge due to the tension of demonstrating grace while also expecting excellence.  Learn some key shepherding strategies that you can use to lead a faculty in a manner that demands excellence while also demonstrating grace, including . . .

  • How to create a culture of trust; the first building block of a flourishing CAO/faculty relationship
  • How to lead from a position of humility
  • The essence of leading from a shepherding perspective
  • Strategies you can use to navigate the grace/excellence tension

NAVIGATING THE CAO/HR RELATIONSHIP
Presenter: Mark Griffin, CEO — In His Name HR, Lancaster (PA)
Overview: One of the most critical relationships within higher education is between the CAO and the HR office.  Learn from a seasoned human resource officer about strategies you can use to ensure a strong professional relationship that contributes to organizational success. Explore . . .

  • The key issues that the CAO and the HR office share including employee recruitment, interviewing, hiring, firing, Title IX, employee evaluation, and the impact of labor law
  • Strategies that help build a strong relationship between the CAO and the HR office
  • The pitfalls to avoid in leading the faculty from an HR perspective
  • The value of a robust faculty evaluation process and how it contributes to professional growth and excellence in the classroom

 BUILDING A CULTURE OF QUALITY ASSURANCE AND IMPROVEMENT
Presenter: Lisa Beatty, Director — ABHE Commission on Accreditation (FL)
Overview: As the chief academic officer, it is your responsibility to cultivate a culture of quality assurance and improvement.  An effective culture is one that does not require a restart every 10 years in rhythm with accreditation renewal activities.  Hear from ABHE’s new Commission on Accreditation Director, Lisa Beatty, as she unpacks strategies you can use to build a culture of quality assurance and improvement.

  • Recognize the relational dynamic between quality assurance and improvement
  • Learn the importance of building an iterative culture of quality assurance and improvement
  • Discover strategies to avoid falling into a 10-year cycled pattern of quality assurance and improvement
  • Connect your quality assurance and improvement activities into your budgeting and planning efforts

CURRICULUM THAT CONNECTS WITH GENERATION Z
Presenter: John Plake, Director, Ministry Intelligence — American Bible Society (PA)
Overview: For 11 years, the American Bible Society has conducted groundbreaking research related to people’s engagement with the Word of God.  Emerging trends will inform how Bible colleges should shape their curricular approaches when designing a scope and sequence that effectively engages today’s Gen Z learner.

  • How Gen Z engages with faith, the Bible, and the Church differently from preceding generations.
  • The latest research on the spiritual needs of Gen Z in the context of biblical higher education
  • Connecting your curriculum to the context of America’s emerging adults
  • A strategy to involve faculty in key conversations around biblical engagement research and its impact on curricular design

 THE IMPORTANCE OF A CURRICULAR RESPONSE TO ISSUES OF RACE AND ETHNICITY
Presenter: Charles Ware, Executive Director, Grace Relations — College of Biblical Studies-Houston (TX)
Overview: How well does your curriculum address racial tensions?  Students expect and need to engage in the complex conversations facing our culture from a biblical perspective with today’s heightened sensitivity to race and ethnicity.  Engage with a distinguished leader at one of ABHE’s most diverse colleges who is passionate about a proper curricular response to racial tensions grounded in biblical and theological principles. Discover . . .

  • God’s mind and heart for unity with diversity   
  • The value of a curricular audit to help identify how you address issues of race and ethnicity in the classroom and ways to engage your faculty in designing a curricular response that is biblically and theologically grounded
  • Strategies to support continued conversation and maturity of thought around issues of race and ethnicity
  • Potential pitfalls for your efforts to lead faculty through the complex conversations of racial tensions

 NAVIGATING BALANCE — ACADEMIC FREEDOM, RELIGIOUS TRADITION, & CRITICAL THINKING
Presenter: Jena Dunn, Provost — Stark College & Seminary (TX)
Overview: Balancing academic freedom and religious traditions can be difficult. Often, we create statements and practices which are denominationally narrow. This approach can limit critical thinking and an appropriate level of wrestling with nuanced Biblical and theological concepts. Consider distinctly biblical academic freedom statements and practices which also encourage high-level critical thinking in the classroom, including . . .

  • Key issues surrounding narrow academic freedom statements and practices
  • Faculty conversations regarding academic freedom, religious tradition, & critical thinking
  • A strategy to assess your current academic freedom statement and practices
  • Strategies to encourage critical thinking in the classroom without abandoning religious tradition

 DEVELOPING CURRICULUM WITH FULL FACULTY BUY-IN AND OWNERSHIP
Presenter: Leon Miles, Executive Vice President — Institute for Lutheran Theology (SD)
Overview: Curriculum development can be a slow and painstaking process that often results in a mediocre product with little faculty ownership. Learn how to engage the faculty in a healthy process that leads to a robust curriculum and a high level of ownership.

  • Develop a manageable process that engages key stakeholders
  • Understand pitfalls that can take the process off track
  • Discover strategies to successfully navigate through potential barriers to success
  • Identify effective curricular implementation strategies

Conference Faculty

Eric Bargerhuff

ERIC BARGERHUFF

Vice President Academic Affairs
Trinity College of FL

Lisa Beatty

LISA BEATTY

Director
Commission on Accreditation
ABHE 

Jenna Dunn

JENA DUNN

Provost
Stark College & Seminary

Mark Griffin

MARK GRIFFIN

CEO
In His Name HR

Leon Miles

LEON MILES

Executive Vice President
Institute for Lutheran Theology

Dwight Perry

DWIGHT PERRY

VP/Education & Provost
Moody Bible College

John Plake

JOHN PLAKE

Director, Ministry Intelligence
American Bible Society

Charles Ware

CHARLES WARE

Executive Director
Grace Relations
College of Biblical Studies-Houston

Frequently Asked Questions

Is lodging included in the registration fee?
YES, for on-site attendees3 nights, including arrival the evening before the conference begins.

Can I request for additional hotel nights?
YES The ABHE group rate is $110/night.  You can qualify for our group rate three days prior and three days post conference.  You can request and pay for your additional hotel nights during the registration process.  All reservations must be made and managed by the ABHE office as it is part of a group reservation.  This includes changes to existing reservations.  Email conferences@abhe.org with any questions or updates to existing reservations.

Is airport shuttle service available?
YES! Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO). To request the complimentary shuttle to the Hilton Garden Inn:

  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – 407-240-3725
  • Take airport elevator to level 1 – ground transportation
  • Go through the sliding doors
  • Stand at either A4 (A Side) or B4 (B Side) for pickup

Where is the hotel located in relation to the ABHE Conference Center?
The Hilton Garden Inn is directly across the street from the ABHE Weber Center (located in the Citadel I Building – Suite 130).

Are meals included in the registration fee?
YES for on-site attendees, including 7 meals and all snacks/beverages.

Are scholarships available?
YES for on-site attendees – limited scholarships are available.  Please email your request to conferences@abhe.org with an explanation of your financial need.

What is your Cancellation Policy?
In the event of either virtual or on-site registration cancellation, fees paid in advance are refundable – less a $50.00 service charge per person, provided written notice is received by ABHE no later than three weeks prior to the event. No refunds will be granted after that date. E-mail notification will suffice. Please e-mail conferences@abhe.org to request a refund. There are no refunds provided for no-shows.

How do I CANCEL a person on my registration?
You may log back into your registration form at any time with your confirmation number to make any cancellations, or contact conferences@abhe.org to have your registration cancelled.

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Hilton Garden InnFor those attending the Conference On-Site, the ABHE staff will make a hotel reservation for you. Please indicate your room type/preference when you register for the conference.The Hilton Garden Inn is located 1 mile from the Orlando International Airport.  

Hilton Garden Inn – Orlando Airport 
7300 Augusta National Drive
Orlando, FL 32822 
(407) 240-3725     

 

Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the Hilton Garden Inn. To request complimentary shuttle service:

  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – (407) 240-3725   
  • Take airport elevator to level 1 – ground transportation
  • Go through the sliding doors
  • Stand at either A4 (A Side) or B4 (B Side) for pickup

Conference Staff

David MeddersDavid Medders
Executive Vice President
david.medders@abhe.org    

 

 

Carol Dibble
Director of Communications & Events
carol.dibble@abhe.org    

 

 

Darby Blanchard

Darby Blanchard
Digital & Administrative Services Coordinator
darby.blanchard@abhe.org