EDUCATION

 

PhD (Australian Catholic University)

Thesis: "A study of affective domain factors influencing the decisions of leaders with different cultural perspectives."

The thesis explored the perspectives of leaders in Bolivia, South America, from both an animistic, rural culture and from a collectivist, “Christian”, urban culture with regard to the prioritisation of shame-honour, guilt-innocence and fear-power pairs and the worldview origins of the priorities.

MEd (Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW)

GradDipEd (Computers in Education) (Mitchell College of Advanced Education, Bathurst, NSW)

DipTeach (Mitchell College of Advanced Education, Bathurst, NSW)

Teaching Certificate (Bathurst Teachers College, Bathurst, NSW)

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Teaching experience includes a wide range of levels in both Australian and Latin American settings with some experience at almost all levels from Primary School Yr/Gd 3 to postgraduate.

 

2015—Present:  Resource Development (Higher Education) - Australasia/Oceania for TeachBeyond (Transforming education internationally)

2014—Present:  Adjunct senior lecturer National Institute for Christian Education

2014—Present:  IAPCHE (International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education) Board Member (Asia/Oceania Board representative).

2014 Adjunct lecturer Morling Education (Morling College)

2014 Member of the Alphacrucis College Course Development Committee

2013 Doctoral research proposal panel - external academic member (Australian Catholic University, Melbourne)

2013—Present:  Editorial Board member - African Journal for Transformational Scholarship.

2012 Doctoral Thesis Defence Panel - external academic member (Australian Catholic University, Strathfield)

2011 Coordinator, International Scholarly Conference - Darwin, August, 2011 - co-hosted with IAPCHE

2010–2013 Member of Christian Education Tertiary Fellowship (Deans of teacher education departments in Christian Higher Education institutions in Australia)

2010–2013 Member of the Morling College Academic Board

2010–2013 Academic Dean of the National Institute for Christian Education (a teaching agent of Morling College Limited). Voluntary redundancy from the National Institute for Christian Education, effective 31 December, 2013.

2009–2010 Senior lecturer with National Institute for Christian Education

2009–2010 Council member of the College of Christian Higher Education

2008–2010 Chairman of the National Institute for Christian Education Academic Planning and Review Committee

2008–2009 Consultant for SOLEDUC - an inter-mission, international group providing educational consulting to Latin American missionaries

2006–2007 Coordinator of the “SIM & Christian Schooling In Africa: A Renewed Vision For The 21st Century” project for SIM

2005–2008 Lecturer with National Institute for Christian Education

2004–2005 Member of the Christian Education Commission for the Unión Cristiana Evangélica denomination in Bolivia

2002–2004 Chairperson of a steering committee for the establishment of a branch campus in Cochabamba of the Universidad Evangélica Boliviana (Bolivian Evangelical University)

2002–2004 Vice President OESER

2001–2005 Board member of OESER (a non-profit aid organisation in Cochabamba, Bolivia) a Bolivian NGO: Organización para la Educación y Servicio (Organisation for Education and Service)

1999–2001 International Education Consultant for SIM (stationed in Bolivia)

1998, 2003–2004 Founder and Director of the SIM Language Learning Centre in Cochabamba, Bolivia

1998–2005 Conference convenor for the biennial, national conferences for the principals of the Evangelical Schools of Bolivia

1998 “Superintendent” - Carachipampa Christian School

1997–2005 Member of EMPECE (Equipo Multidisciplinario para la Educación Cristiana de Excelencia—Multidisciplinary Team for Excellent Christian Education) a professional development provider for Christian teachers in Bolivia.

1997 Principal - Carachipampa Christian School

1996–1999 & 2001–2005 Board member Colegio Evangélico Emanuel (Emmanuel Christian School – Cochabamba, Bolivia)—2002–2003 Vice President

1994–1995 Bolivian Education Consultant for SIM Bolivia

1993 Co-presenter of Education for Latin American MKs workshop for COMIBAM (Cooperación Misionera Iberoamericana), Acapulco, Mexico

1992–1993 Principal - Carachipampa Christian School, Cochabamba, Bolivia.

1992 & 2001 Organised the national conferences of ANCEB – The Bolivian National Association of Evangelical Schools

1991–2005 Vice-President National Association of Evangelical Schools of Bolivia

1991–2005 President Cochabamba Association of Evangelical Schools (Bolivia)

1991 Deputy Principal – Carachipampa Christian School, Cochabamba, Bolivia.

1989–1990 Teaching (Primary and Secondary) – Carachipampa Christian School, Bolivia

1989–2005 Missionary with SIM (Serving in Mission – previously the Sudan Interior Mission) stationed in Cochabamba, Bolivia, South America

1982–1989 Teacher (Bowen Primary, Orange, NSW) NSW Department of Education

1978–1980 Steering Committee member and company secretary for Inaburra Christian School

1977–1980 Member of the planning committee of the Baptist Union of New South Wales

1977–1979 Board member of the Christian Television Association

1976–1981 Teacher (Villawood East Primary, Carramar, NSW) NSW Department of Education

1976–1980 Member of the Media Commission of the Baptist Union of New South Wales

1975 Assistant Lecturer – Communications Department (Mitchell College of Advanced Education)—Drama, Theatre and Communications

1974 Teacher (Smithfield Primary) NSW Department of Education

1972 Teacher (Villawood Primary) NSW Department of Education 

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

  • 2014 Christian teaching practice: What does it look like? Alphacrucis College, Sydney.

  • 2014 The power of relationships: Shame, guilt and fear across cultures. 2014 Research Conference, Harvest Bible College, Melbourne.

  • 2014 A vision for Higher Education praxis. Bedford College, Sydney.

  • 2014 Seeing is believing? Blue Mountains Grammar School, Wentworth Falls.

  • 2012 Keynote presentation: Worldview concept: Description, clarification and evaluation of its influence in education. Integrating Christian World view in Educational Practice: Implications for educational pedagogy, curriculum and administration (sponsored by Scott Christian University and CPCHEA, the African Regional Council of IAPCHE). Scott Christian University, Machakos, Kenya, 21–24 March 2012.

  • 2012 Conference Keynote Presentations: Teaching for Christ (1–5). IAPCHE Faculty Enrichment Program. UKRIDA University, Jakarta, Indonesia.

  • 2009 Conference Presentation: A Gospel view of all things. CEN Tasmanian State Conference, 22 Jul 09. Launceston.

  • 2005 Workshop presentation (Asunción, Paraguay): Enseñando como nuestro dios: Un paradigma diferente en la educación.

  • 2003 Workshop for school principals: La formación de lideres y educadores cristianos. Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

  • 2003 Presenter of MK Education workshops for COMIBAM (Cooperación Misionera Iberoamericana), Panama City, Panama.

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Beech, G. R., & Beech, E. G. (2016). The defining of redemptive truth as a potential for research across the diverse world and life view assumptions of different cultures. African Journal for Transformational Scholarship. (In Peer Review)

 

Beech, G. R. (2015). Christians as teachers: What might it look like? Eugene, OR: Wipf  & Stock.

 

Beech, G. R. (2014). Meaning-full Christian education: Making sense, engaging in school cultures. In R. Edlin, J. Ireland, & G. Beech (Eds.), Engaging the culture: Christians at work in education [2nd ed., Kindle version]. National Institute for Christian Education.

 

Beech, G. R. (2014). Researching the teaching context: Faithful practice. ICCTE Journal, 9(1). Retrievable from http://icctejournal.org/issues/v9i1/v9i1-beech/

 

Beech, G. R. (2013). Un-hiding God in the 21st Century. IAPCHE Contact: Academic Insert, September, 2013

 

Beech, G. R. (2013). Word verse and other poems. Gordon, NSW: Xlibris.

 

Beech, G. R. (2012). Excellence. Conference proceedings from the International Conference on ‘Towards Excellence in Education’, 16–17 Aug 12, St Christopher’s College of Education, Chennai, India.

 

Beech, G. R. (2010). Spinning worldviews. Christian Teachers Journal, 18(4).

 

Beech, G. R. (2008). SIM & Christian schooling in Africa: A renewed vision for the 21st century. A report prepared for SIM International.

 

Beech, G. R. (Ed.). (2002). Vida sin SIDA. Cochabamba, Bolivia: Sociedad Bíblica Boliviana.

 

CO-EDITED WORKS

 

Edlin, R., Ireland, J., & Beech, G. (Eds.). (2014). Engaging the culture: Christians at work in education [2nd ed., Kindle version]. National Institute for Christian Education.

 

Ireland, J., Edlin, R., Dickens, K., & Beech, G. (Eds.). (2014). Pointing the way: Directions for Christian education in the new millennium [2nd ed., Kindle version]. National Institute for Christian Education.

 

EDUCATION
 
PhD (Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA)

Thesis: "Servant leadership in Bolivia: A phenomenological study of long-term effects of a founding servant leader on two educational organizations."

The thesis explored issues of organizational leadership within a cross-cultural situation.

MTS (Master of Theological Studies (in Spanish) - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX) - In progress
MA (Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA) Social Sciences: Leadership Studies
BA (Asbury College, Wilmore, KY) Sociology/ Cross-Cultural Communications, Cum Laude
Advanced Certificate  (TESOL) (250 Hours, Global English, Exeter, UK Theory and Methodology of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Blackboard Certification (Online Teaching & Course Design) (Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA)

Certificate, Cross-cultural Communications (International Cross-Cultural Institute, Kissimmee, FL)

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

SELECTED WORK    

2016- Registrar (National Institute for Christian Education, Australia)

2012-2015 Adjunct Professor, online (Crown College, St. Bonafacius, MN).                    

2012-2014 Director, English Language Department & International Relations (Universidad Evangélica Boliviana Santa Cruz, Bolivia).

2009-2012 Assistant Director, International and Multicultural Programs (Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach, FL).

2005-2006 Online Adjunct Professor (Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA).

2003-2008 Director, English, International Relations and Assessment (Universidad Evangélica Boliviana, Santa Cruz, Bolivia).

2001-2008 Education Consultant (EMPECE Consultants, Cochabamba, Bolivia).

1990-2008 Missionary/Community Developer (World Outreach Fellowship/Pioneers/Wooddale Bible Church, Bolivia).

 

COURSES TAUGHT

Sociology, Online course in Angel learning platform, Crown College, St. Bonafacius, MN

Social Psychology, Online course in Angel learning platform, Crown College, St. Bonafacius, MN

Intercultural Communication Concepts, Online course in Angel learning platform, Crown College, St. Bonafacius, MN

First Year Experience (FYE), Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL

Diversity/Cross-cultural Communications, Online course in Blackboard, Undergraduate Organizational Leadership, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA

Shared Vision, Online course in Blackboard, Undergraduate Organizational Leadership, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA

Valores Humanos (Human Values), Education Department, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana, Extension program, Riveralta, Bolivia

Relaciones Humanas (Human Relations), Education Department, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana, Extension program, Riveralta, Bolivia

Psicología Educativa (Educational Psychology), Education Department, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana, Extension program, Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Comunicación Educativa (Educational Communications), Education Department, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana, Extension program, Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Team Leadership Development, Experiential Ropes Course I, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana

Integrated Team Teaching, Experiential Ropes Course II, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana

World Geography, English Department, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana

Research Methods and Statistics, English Department, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana

American Culture and Geography, English Department, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana

Advanced Conversation in English, English Department, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana

Thesis Tutor, English Department, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana

Final Project Tutor, English Department, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana

English, Santa Cruz International School, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Spanish, Elementary - High School, Salisbury School District, Pennsylvania

Building on Firm Foundations, New Tribes Mission chronological Bible study, church plant in rural Bolivia

 

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS and RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Development of LINGUABO, an online interactive/multimedia English curriculum for use in all general English courses at the UEB, 2014

  • Development and implementation of the UEB English Department intranet for faculty and staff, 2014

  • Executive Committee for the Conference Series: Evolution and Creation, sponsored by the Universidad Evangélica Boliviana with over 7000 participants, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 2013

  • Writing of Graduate diploma curriculum in TESL “Diplomado en Didáctica Moderna Para Enseñar Inglés”, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana, 2013

  • Advising and SEVIS reporting for all 135 F-1 international students from 55 countries at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Designated School Official (DSO), 2009-12

  • Coordination of student programming for international and multicultural students, including clubs and organizations, celebration of special ethnic months, and various educational events, 2009-12

  • Development of new International student orientation and Mentor program at Palm Beach Atlanatic University, 2010

  • Recruitment and admission of 45 International undergraduate students, 2009-10.

  • Development of contacts with universities, foundations, corporations, embassies and other international organizations

  • Coordination of language and cultural student exchange programs with George Fox University, Emmanuel University, Evangel University and Ohio Christian University

  • Coordination of the UEB Knight International Press Fellowship, 2006

  • Coordination of the UEB Fulbright Scholar, 2008

  • Development of the self-study assessment model for the Universidad Evangélica Boliviana

  • Revision of all Bylaws of the Universidad Evangélica Boliviana (in Spanish)

  • Coordination and oversight of the UEB self-study process 2006, 2007, 2008

  • Coordination and implementation of UEB Planning processes 2006, 2007, 2008

  • Production of the UEB Five-year Institutional Development Plan 2007-2011

  • Production of the UEB Institutional Annual Operational Plan 2006, 2007, 2008

  • Consulting, Team development and Strategic Planning, Rio Nuevo Educational Society

  • Development of the UEB International Spanish Language Program

  • Development and proposal for the founding of the UEB Faith and Science Academic Society

  • Establishment of the first Development Department at the UEB

  • Development of the Bylaws of the Graduate Association of the Universidad Evangélica Boliviana (in Spanish)

  • Translation of all correspondence and documents as needed for the Universidad Evangélica Boliviana

  • Creation of the Universidad Evangélica Boliviana Intranet

  • Founding member of ASUPRIM, Bolivian University Accreditation Agency, 2007

  • Jury member, Evangélical Chorus Festival, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana, 2004

  • Final Project Tribune Faculty Evaluator, “Creación de un Coro dramatizado de niños en el Hogar Stansberry”, P. S. Barrios, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana, 2005

  • Final Project Tribune Faculty Evaluator, “Diseño de un Departamento de Producción en el CIDEM”, V.V. Cardozo, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana, 2005

  • Final Project Tribune Faculty member, UEB Graduate programs, Diploma in Participate Community Management, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana, 2004

  • Faculty Examiner, Comprehensive Examinations, English Department, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana, 2005

  • Faculty Examiner, Presentation of Excellence, V.Vaca, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana, 2005

  • Faculty Examiner, Comprehensive Examinations, English Department, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana, 2006

  • Co-author Primary school curriculum, Compassion International, Bolivia

  • Establishment of a strong, growing church among the poorest Quechua inhabitants of rural Bolivia

  • Establishment of an educational AM radio station reaching more than 5,000 rural villagers

  • Production of training materials for over 300 leaders, women and youth covering areas of health, emotional/mental and spiritual wellbeing

  • Development of teaching materials and seminars on nutrition, hygiene, solar cooking, small animal husbandry, gardening and food preparation and preservation

  • Relocation of over 500 foreign low-income residents from their apartment complex due to condominium conversion

  • Assistance to over 200 Hispanic residents through job search training and orientation

  • Coordination of international sponsorships of more than 100 U.S. State Department-approved refugees from around the world, throughout the five state Mideast region

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

(2012) Leadership in the English Language Classroom. XXI Convention on Teaching and Learning English, Centro Boliviano Americano, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

 

Abi-Hashem, N. & Driscoll, E. G. (2013).  Gardiner, Harry W.  In K. D. Keith (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cross-cultural psychology.  Malden, MA:  Wiley-Blackwell.

 

Abi-Hashem, N. & Driscoll, E. G. (2013).  Mishra, Ramesh C.  In K. D. Keith (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cross-cultural psychology.  Malden, MA:  Wiley-Blackwell.

 

Abi-Hashem, N. & Driscoll, E. G. (2013).  Cultural anthropology.  In K. D. Keith (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cross-cultural psychology.  Malden, MA:  Wiley-Blackwell.

 

Abi-Hashem, N. & Driscoll, E. G. (2013).  Schwartz, Shalom--Power, Security, Tradition.  In K. D. Keith (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cross-cultural psychology.  Malden, MA:  Wiley-Blackwell.

 

 (2011). Servant Leadership in Bolivia, Evangélical Missiological Society, Southeast Region Conference.

 

(2011). Servant leadership in Bolivia: A phenomenological study of long-term effects of a founding servant leader on two educational organizations. Dissertation, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA.

 

(2005). Building a Foundation of Trust. The Leader That Peru Needs II.

 

(2005). The Call of Women to Leadership in Latin America. The Leader That Peru Needs II.

 

(2005). Gender and Worldview as Determinants of Trust in Latin American Leadership. Women as Global Leaders Conference.

 

(2002). Técnicas y Recursos Educativos, (Educational techniques and resources), Food for the Hungry, Cochabamba.

 

(2002). Innovative Teaching and Education Strategies. Conference of Christian Teachers, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

 

AWARDS 

 

  • Certificate, Personal Influence in the Work Environment, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana, 2014

  • Certificate, Firm Foundations, Bible Based Literacy Course. Bible League International. 2013

  • Certificate, Basic Inductive Bible Study, Precepts International, 2012

  • Excellence Award for outstanding performance in University Administration, Universidad Evangélica Boliviana, 2007

  • Certificate, Principle-based Leadership, Pointman Leadership Institute, 2004

  • Certificate, Leadership- Doctrines of the Unión Cristiana Evangélica and Administration of the Local Church, 1997

  • Certificate, Development of Cross-cultural Leadership, Dr. William Kornfield, Columbia Bible University and World Outreach Fellowship, 1992

 

 

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