Education Department Launches French Immersion Certificate

Education Department Launches French Immersion Certificate

Moncton – With growing needs in New Brunswick’s public school system for teachers – particularly in French Immersion classrooms – Crandall University has launched a new French Immersion Education Certificate program to better prepare teachers to meet the needs of French Immersion students.

The certificate comprises three courses and can be taken as part of Crandall’s Bachelor of Education program, and because the courses are offered on weekends, it is also designed to be accessible to graduates and current teachers who wish to enroll. Classes will be conducted in French, and are intended to benefit Francophone students as well as Anglophone students who meet the French language proficiency requirements of New Brunswick’s Anglophone school districts.

The Education Faculty at Crandall University are thrilled to offer this new certificate program for our Anglophone and Francophone students planning to teach in the French Immersion program. Dr. Wendy Bokhorst-Heng, Associate Professor of Education, stated “our new offering is designed to provide pre-service and in-service teachers with the tools they need to best support student learning.” The teaching strategies and learning theories taught in this certificate program will enhance Crandall’s strong tradition of excellence in education.​

According to a spokesperson at the Anglophone East School District,

“The Anglophone East School District encourages its educators to pursue all opportunities to improve their level of French proficiency based on the current demands in the system for qualified French Immersion teachers. Programs like the French Immersion Certificate at Crandall University serve to address the current needs in the system.”

The first course of the program will take place during Crandall’s spring term in May/June 2019.

Learn more about the French Immersion Education Certificate

Crandall University is Atlantic Canada’s leading Liberal Arts University rooted in the Christian Faith, with undergraduate programs in Arts, Business Administration, Science, and Education, and graduate programs in Education and Organizational Management. To learn more, visit or call 1‑888-968-6228.

2019 Crandall Faculty Awards

On Friday evening, four of Crandall’s faculty members were presented with awards for excellence in teaching, service, and research. The Stephen & Ella Steeves Awards provide the opportunity each year to celebrate the contributions of the faculty to their respective fields and to the university’s mission of Transforming lives through quality university education firmly rooted in the Christian faith.

Each year, recipients are nominated by students, staff, and faculty, to be selected by a committee of their peers. These individuals have not only contributed greatly to their respective fields, but they are also highly respected among staff, faculty and students at Crandall University.

“It is no easy task for the committee to select the recipients,” said Dr. Jon Ohlhauser, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Each year, any number of our faculty members more than qualify, and we have to narrow it down to four.”

The award for teaching was presented to Dr. Abram Steen of Crandall’s English Department and Dr. Seth Crowell of the Sociology Department; the award for research was presented to Education professor Dr. Wendy Bokhorst-Heng; and, the award for service was presented to Business professor Robert MacDonald.

Also during the evening, special recognition was given to Professor Emerita Dr. Carol Thorne who retired in December after a lifetime of teaching, having taught at every iteration of the institution (UBBTS, ABC, ABU, and Crandall).

Congratulations to this year’s recipients – the passionate work of faculty like these four is truly appreciated!

2019 Faculty Award recipients

2019 Faculty Award recipients (left to right): Seth Crowell, Abram Steen, Wendy Bokhorst-Heng, Robert MacDonald

Dr. Ted Newell releases book on the history of education from a Christian perspective

Ted Newell, Ed.D.Dr. Ted Newell of Crandall’s Education department, has released a new book discussing the history of education from a Christian perspective.

Education: A Student’s Guide, is part of the series, “Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition,” edited by David S. Dockery, and shows how exploring Christian thinking about education throughout history can equip educators today to reclaim their task.

Education has the power to shape a culture, influencing the formation and transmission of cherished traditions, foundational narratives, and core values across generations. This guide seeks to reclaim a vision for a distinctly Christian approach to education aimed at fostering a renewal of Christianity in our day.

John Milbank, Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham, said of Dr. Newell’s book: “A future Christian revival may depend on the development of a Christian alternative to our current mode of education, which has surrendered to liberal, managerialist, and technocratic ideology. A Christian alternative can potentially exercise mass appeal and therefore prove the most effective instrument of mission for the future. Ted Newell has produced an immensely useful handbook for this task. I thoroughly recommend it.”

Education: A Student's Guide

About the series

In an interview with The Gospel Coalition, series editor David Dockery described the collection this way:

“The ‘Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition’ series is designed to provide an overview for the distinctive way the church has read the Bible, formulated doctrine, provided education, and engaged the culture through the centuries. The various contributors to the series all agree that personal faith and genuine Christian piety are essential for Christian living and for service in the church.”

Authors involved in the series answer the following questions, each in the context of their own topic:

  • How does the Christian faith influence our understanding of culture, literature, philosophy, government, beauty, art, or work?
  • How does the Christian intellectual tradition help us understand truth?
  • How does the Christian intellectual tradition shape our approach to education?

Dockery goes on to say, “We believe that the series … meets an important need because the secular culture in which we now find ourselves is, at best, indifferent to the Christian faith, and the Christian world—at least in its popular forms—tends to be confused about the Christian faith.”

The books deal with a wide array of topics, including Art and Music, Literature, Science, and more, with Dr. Newell’s entry on Education being the latest release in the series.

Education: A Student’s Guide is available now from Crossway in both print and digital formats, as well as from a variety of other retailers.

Crandall University signs articulation agreement with College of Business Studies in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Moncton – Crandall University (CU) is pleased to announce the signing of an articulation agreement with the College of Business Studies (CBS) in Nicosia, Cyprus.

This agreement would see students at CBS complete the first two years of a four-year International Bachelor of Commerce (IBCom) degree in Cyprus and the last two years at CU.

This is the second articulation agreement signed in 2018; the first was earlier this year with a university in India. Crandall University has begun an initiative for recruiting students from around the world. Currently there are students from 21 different countries represented at CU.

Dr. Dannie Brown, Dean of International Academic Programs at CU said, “This agreement with CBS creates a great opportunity for Crandall to increase its student population in a time of declining domestic enrolments, and to provide students from CBS a unique Canadian educational experience.” Students who complete the IBCom at Crandall are then eligible to apply for the Post Graduation Work Permit offered by the Government of Canada.

Andreas Kizourides, Director of Administration and Finance at CBS added, “We welcome the opportunity to work with Crandall University in implementing this forward-thinking partnership, as together we serve the educational interests and needs of students who wish to study in Canada.”

In addition to the IBCom, CU offers a Master of Organizational Management specifically designed for the international market, with an intake in January and again in September. These programs, plus others that are still in development, are intended to provide pathways for students from around the world to come to Canada.

CU and CBS representatives at CBS campus in Cyprus

Chris Robb, CU Senior Director of Enrollment Management; Dr. Andri Kyrizi, CBS Academic Director, Andreas Kizourides, CBS Director of Administration & Finance; Dr. Dannie Browne, CU Dean of International Academic Programs

Crandall University is Atlantic Canada’s leading Liberal Arts University rooted in the Christian Faith, with undergraduate programs in Arts, Business Administration, Science, and Education, and graduate programs in Education and Organizational Management. To learn more, visit or call 1‑888-968-6228.

2018 Holiday Hours

Stultz Hall snowingCrandall University’s Christmas break runs from December 24, 2018 at noon until January 1, 2019. All campus facilities will be closed during that time, to reopen at 8:30am on January 2, 2019. Classes resume for the winter semester on January 7, 2019.

Student Services

The Registrar’s Office will reopen on January 2, 2019 at 8:30am

Colburne House residence reopens on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 9:00am.

The cafeteria reopens for supper at 5:30pm on Sunday, January 6, 2019.

Classes Resume on Monday, January 7, 2019


Should you wish to make a donation during the Christmas break, our online donation portal is available 24/7. If you would like to speak to a live person about your donation, call 1-888-968-6228 and follow the prompt at the beginning of the message.

Crandall University receives $150,000 grant to bolster international efforts

Moncton – Crandall University has been selected as a recipient of a $150,000 grant for the development of programs and resources to attract more international students to Atlantic Canada.

The grant is provided by Stronger Philanthropy, a collaborative giving circle of major private donors and foundations which seek to enable significant investment into innovation for Canada’s Christian charities. The Stronger Together grants, totaling over $1M in 2018, were awarded to charitable organizations based on a number of criteria, but primarily to organizations who are seeking to advance an innovative and creative solution to an existing community need.

Stronger Together Grants

The grant money received by Crandall will be used as part of a campaign to attract students from outside of Canada, to develop pathway agreements with universities in other countries, and to launch programs intended to serve the students who come.

“We are deeply appreciative of the generous grant we received through Stronger Philanthropy,” said Crandall President Dr. Bruce Fawcett. “These funds have made it possible for us to launch a focused effort to recruit more international students – a segment of our student population we anticipate will grow in the coming years. As a privately-funded university, we rely on financial support from private sources to launch new initiatives and we are grateful for the confidence this gift shows in our medium term strategic plan.”

Crandall is already seeing an increase in the number of international students, primarily from India, and expects those numbers to increase each semester over the next few years. Because post-secondary education is a key pathway to immigration for those who wish to come to Canada, Crandall is able to contribute to the immigration goals of the Maritime Provinces.

Crandall is approved by the federal government as a Designated Learning Institution to receive international students. Additionally, international students who graduate from Crandall are eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit, enabling them to enter into the life and workforce of the region.

Crandall University is Atlantic Canada’s leading Liberal Arts University rooted in the Christian Faith, with undergraduate programs in Arts, Business Administration, Science, and Education, and graduate programs in Education and Organizational Management. To learn more, visit or call 1-888-968-6228.

Professional Programs Welcoming Newcomers

Master of Organizational Management Class

Crandall’s Master of Organizational Management Class

In addition to the growing number of international students at Crandall across our programs, the growth in the number of Newcomers to Canada in our Organizational Management programs has been astounding! Dr. Roger Russell, Dean of Professional Programs, stated, “we are so thrilled with the opportunity to assist Newcomers in establishing themselves while providing an important cross-cultural learning environment for ALL students. The sense of community that is fostered in such a diverse group of students is a great example for all of us.”

Many Newcomers described the friendly and accessible Organizational Management faculty and administration as a major factor in their experience. Ammar Al Asmi (Syria) explained the help he’s received made him feel he has been treated “like family.” He said, “I never feel alone in this university as I am living among a family that cares for me to reach what I am hoping to achieve.”

For others, the affordable tuition, which Sunday Agyekum Abraham Atara (Ghana) said “cannot be over-emphasized,” is of great advantage. Iyad Al Asi (Jordan) added that “the educational system at Crandall University is very easy to understand and it allows the students to maximize the learning opportunities.”

Kevin Sheja (Rwanda) simply said, “I like Crandall because of the Christian environment, and the good people who are ready to help you anytime.”

Crandall’s Organizational Management programs have entry points available in January and September and are an excellent way for a working professional to earn a degree one night a week. For more information or to enroll, contact Enrollment Specialist Nathalie Richard at 506-858-8970 ext. 385

Students studying around a table
Students comparing notes on a sofa
Students reviewing text book readings
Two students discussing at a table
Two students preparing for class

Over $5,000 raised in Giving Tuesday event

Giving Tuesday - over $5,000 raised. Thank You!

Crandall University project raises money to provide winter coats to incoming international students.

Winter Coats for International Students

Giving Tuesday is celebrated annually as a way to cap off one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year, which begins the day after the American Thanksgiving holiday, and includes Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

For 2018, Crandall’s Giving Tuesday project sought to raise enough money to purchase 50 winter coats for incoming international students, and raised a total of $5,420 for that project.

“Thanks to everyone who contributed to this project – we are thrilled that so many chose to be a part of helping us welcome our international students,” said Chris Robb, Crandall’s Senior Director of Enrollment Management. “It’s a huge adjustment, moving to another country, and we hope these coats will play even a small part in helping our new students make that adjustment.”

Growing International Community

While Crandall has long welcomed a small number of international students, the numbers have increased this year – more than 20 countries are represented across all of Crandall’s programs – and are expected to grow even further in the future.

Crandall University is Atlantic Canada’s leading liberal arts university rooted in the Christian faith. Located at 333 Gorge Road in Moncton, NB, Crandall offers undergraduate programs in Arts, Business Administration, Science, and Education, as well as graduate programs in Education and Organizational Management. For more information on Crandall University or its programs, visit or call 1-888-968-6228

Education Students Host Human Library

In order to challenge people’s stereotypes, preconceptions, and prejudices, Crandall University students from Dr. Wendy Bokhorst-Heng’s ‘Diversity and Multiculturalism in Education’ course hosted a Human Library on October 25.

Community Awareness

A Human Library is a way for people to connect with individuals in their community that they might not normally engage with. The ‘books’ are individuals representing different social groups that are often confronted with stereotypes and prejudices in society. Students and members of the community volunteer to participate as books who “lend themselves out” to interested readers and engage in conversations with them. Through these conversations, Human Libraries encourage understanding of people who come from varied cultural or lifestyle backgrounds, and provide opportunities for stories to be told and heard. Human Library events have been held in 27 countries around the world since 2000.

This year’s event at Crandall had 33 books available for loan, each coming to campus ready to share in conversation with the students who would be signing them out. Some of the book titles included: a First Nations Canadian, a man with Down syndrome, a nun, a person with schizophrenia, a Muslim feminist, a female race car driver, a recovered drug addict, and many others.

The Human Library was held in the Commons on the first floor of Stultz Hall. Students from Dr. Bokhorst-Heng’s class acted as librarians, registering readers and helping them with their book selections. Readers could check out a living book for 15-20 minutes (and sometimes longer) and ask those questions they have always wondered about.

Engaging on Many Levels

In addition to the conversations at tables, the books had an opportunity to participate in a communal painting arranged by Futong, a B.Ed. student who is also an artist. Two students, Isaac and Maridelsy, played live music at the piano while our books and readers engaged in their conversations. Readers and books alike expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to have these conversations; even the books themselves had opportunity in those rare moments when they were not signed out to chat with each other.

As expressed by Dr. Bokhorst-Heng, these conversations are a small – but important – part of a longer journey of greater awareness and appreciation for diversity in our society, and a more inclusive approach to Christian hospitality. “Ultimately,” she says, “the goal is that our hearts and souls are expanded and enriched through this experience.”

Crandall University’s Education department offers undergraduate degrees in Education and Technical Education, as well as a Master of Education in Inclusionary Practices. For more information on these or other programs, call 1-888-968-6228 or visit

A student sharing conversation with a human book Discussing by the window Group discussing around a table Adding some colour to the 'human' painting The finished painting made by all of the books in the human library

Crandall Faculty Research Updates

Beyond the classroom lectures, grading of papers, and office hours, Crandall University faculty spend a great deal of time actively contributing towards the further development of their respective fields of expertise. From research papers and books, interviews and speaking engagements, our professors’ work extends beyond the classroom and out into the world at large.

This year, Crandall’s faculty have been busy as ever. Here’s just a small glimpse of what they have been up to this year.

Dr. Tracy Freeze Psychology

Dr. Freeze attended a Research Workshop on Religion, Spirituality and Health led by Dr. Harold Koenig from Duke University. This workshop was held at Coventry University in the UK.

She also presented  “Attachment to God and Health: The Moderating Role of Stress” at the 6th European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health and 5th International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality held at Coventry University. This research was a collaboration with two colleagues at UNB Saint John and two former honours students, and examines how a person’s relationship with God relates to their mental and physical health.

Dr. Stephen Dempster Religious Studies

Dr. Dempster was a speaker at the Christianity and the Death of the Old Testament conference at the College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri. In one session on Old Testament theology, Dr. Dempster unpacked the importance of understanding the meaning of the Old Testament that so saturated Jesus’ mind and speech. The second session, “The Old Testament as Christian Scripture: An Ending in Search of a Story,” explored the importance of understanding and embracing the Old Testament as Christian Scripture.

He also presented a paper on Reading the Psalms for Spiritual Formation at the Evangelical Theological Society in Atlanta, GA, and gave a series of Lectures on Biblical Theology and its Relation to Systematic Theology at Gateway Seminary in Los Angeles California.

Dr. Adam Stewart Sociology

Over the summer, Dr. Stewart presented papers on Pentecostalism at two conferences in Europe. The first was the Annual Meeting of the European Pentecostal Theological Association held in Brussels, Belgium, where Dr. Stewart presented a paper titled “Reconciliation, Neoliberalism, and Nimi Wariboko’s Pentecostal Principle.” This paper, along with another presented earlier in the year at the 15th Annual NAIITS Symposium in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, argues that, despite the highly visible efforts at reconciliation made by the Government of Canada such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the work of reconciliation between Settler Canadians and Indian Residential Schools survivors, has not yet truly begun. Dr. Stewart made the case that Christians have a special moral responsibility to instigate reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians that exceeds whatever efforts are made by our governments.

At the Annual Meeting of the European Conference on Data Analysis held in Paderborn, Germany, Dr. Stewart presented a paper titled, “Sociohistorical Recommendations for the Dewey Decimal Editorial Policy Committee for the Reclassification of Pentecostalism.” In this paper, he developed a number of suggestions for revising the way that works about Pentecostalism are classified by librarians so that library collections would better reflect the research that exists regarding Pentecostalism from outside of Canada and the United States where the vast majority of Pentecostals are found.

Dr. John Stackhouse Religious Studies

While on his half-year research leave, Dr. John Stackhouse produced a review essay that examined 10 recent books on religion in Canada. This 8000-word study will appear in the leading North American journal in the field, Church History—the periodical of the American Society of Church History—in 2019. He also wrote a 13,000-word paper on “The Renaissance of Christian University Education in Canada” for the national conference on Canadian Christian Higher Education held in Toronto in October. He continues to work on the manuscript of his new book, “Can You Believe? An Invitation to the Hesitant,” under contract with the Oxford University Press.

In addition to Dr. Stackhouse’s plenary address, the CHEC Symposium saw other members of Crandall’s faculty leading breakout sessions, including Crandall President Dr. Bruce Fawcett, who presented “Knowing your audience: Tracking discipleship practices of Christian adolescents 2002-2017 and their implications for institutions of Christian higher education,” and Dr. Ted Newell, who shared “George Parkin Grant’s Advice to Twenty-first Century Canadian Christian Higher Education.”