The PhD in Transformational Development is described in the following way: Transformational Development seeks to catalyze action among local churches, NGOs and systems in complex societies within Asia and beyond, working with all known resources (especially and including the identified poor) to improve the quality of life and to transform society’s structures and institutions in order to demonstrate God’s love to all.
Program Level Outcomes The program will:
o Guide participants to reflect on their own experience, think critically and creatively, and act with empathy and passion;
o Support students as they develop and embrace a philosophy of development that facilitates transformation;
o Assist a new generation of faculty and educational leaders to develop teaching, learning, and leading approaches which result in transformational development in diverse institutions, neighborhoods and communities
o Lead students to integrate spiritual, biblical, theological dimensions of personal development as the core of holistic transformation;
o Prepare graduates who are well grounded in sound theory and practice, and will consistently reflect critically on their practices and theories, continually strengthening both.
Core Competencies Outcomes Students who successfully complete the degree will demonstrate:
o Expertise in understanding and engaging transformational development in their God-given assignments in the contemporary Asian context, and beyond;
o Critical thinking skills used in the classroom and in life;
o A contextualized biblical worldview that informs teaching, learning, leading, and community engagement;
o Healthy relationships demonstrating sensitivity to human diversity;
o Skills in communication, teaching, organization, leadership, mentoring, and community development;
o The ability to lead and model a life of Christ-like maturity.
Core Values of the Program It is the intent of the program to:
o Treat students as adult learners, respecting the knowledge and experience they bring to the learning process;
o Create classroom environments that empower learners, providing a safe open space for dialogue that is not dominated by teacher-talk;
o Provide opportunities for multicultural and interdisciplinary learning;
o Seek student participation and ownership of the program;
o Foster the ongoing holistic formation of the learners;
o Tie theory to practice both within and outside the classroom walls.
o Value shared leadership within learning groups over individual focus.
o Seek student participation and ownership of the program
o Desire to form long-term sustainability
o Engage Christian Filipino nationals who are eminently qualified to participate