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This came out over the weekend in the Calvin Academic Bulletin, a publication from the office of the provost at the college. Congrats to John and all of the other faculty recipients! >>>>>>>>>> Faculty Awards for 2017 (to be presented on May 5) *Advising and Mentoring: Julie Yonker (Psychology) *Collaborative Change: John Witvliet (Congregational and Ministry Studies) *Community-Based Teaching: Anna Greidanus (Art and Art History) *From Every Nation Award for Excellence in Teaching: Eric Washington (History) *Innovative Teaching: Keith VanderLinden (Computer Science) *Student-Faculty Research: Larry Molnar (Physics and Astronomy) *Teaching Excellence (for affiliated and adjunct faculty): Jane Genzink (Education) >>>>>>>>>> There's lots of ways to describe John and his work as director of the Worship Institute, but certainly "collaborative change" is an apt descriptor, and, we hope, descriptive as well of the entire trajectory of the CICW. In fact, it's at the heart of our mission and the implementation of our mission. Since our founding in 1997, we have been dedicated to using the unique resources of a Christian liberal arts college and theological seminary—with its collegial environment, international faculty and student body, wide interdisciplinary expertise, and culture of ongoing learning—to partner with congregations, denominations, parachurch organizations, professional organizations, and publishers to further our mission. John's award thus becomes something for which we are thrilled on his behalf, but also for which we are grateful as an affirmation of the goals we have had for our work for almost two decades now. Feel free to share a word of encouragement for John in the comments below or an example of how he and the CICW have partnered with you and your org on collaborative change.
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