Professor Darren Iselin

BTeach BEd (CHC) MEd (QUT) PhD (UQ) MACE MAICD

President and CEO

Phone: 07 3347 7900
Email: enquiries@chc.edu.au

Professor Darren Iselin currently serves as President of Christian Heritage College (CHC), a fully accredited, multidisciplinary College of approximately 900 students in Brisbane Australia.

Darren has extensive leadership experience within Christian education, and has served in a plethora of principal and senior leadership roles and responsibilities within both higher education and schooling sectors.

He has also been involved in a diverse range of educational consultancy and professional development initiatives throughout the Asia‐Pacific region, regularly presenting on a range of topics including: Christian worldview, faith formation, school culture, building leadership capacity, leadership, and faith-learning integration.

Darren was awarded the prestigious Grassie-Basset prize in Educational Administration at the University of Queensland for his PhD that was entitled How Principals are seeking to cultivate sustainable Christian school cultures in an era of change. He is passionate about his faith, his family and his beloved football team, the Brisbane Broncos.

Research Interests

            • Christian Worldview
            • Sustaining Christian organisational cultures
            • Educational leadership
            • Building leadership capacity
            • Faith/learning integration
            • Higher Education

Professional Affiliations

            • Member – Australian College of Educators
            • Member – Queensland College of Teachers
            • Member – Australian Institute of Company Directors

Personal Interests

            • Travelling the world – especially Europe & Asia.
            • Participation in any sport – especially tennis, golf, cricket, and football (all codes).
            • Reading quality fiction, all biographies, Christian worldview/philosophy texts and leadership books.
            • Spending quality time with my wife and family.

Publications

Iselin, DJ 2015, Education is About the Whole Person, The Catholic Leader, Corporation of the Trustees of Archdiocese, Brisbane, QLD, 17th July.

Iselin, DJ 2013, ASK The Experts: The Value of NAPLAN. CQU Be Magazine, Issue 18, 2013, Central Queensland University.

Iselin, DJ 2013 NAPLAN and a New Kind of Average, The Rockhampton Bulletin (and subsequently published all Qld Associated Press Affiliates) 28th March 1,9.

Iselin, DJ 2011, Guiding Principles for Cultivating Sustainable Christian School in Changing Times, TEACH Journal of Christian Education 4 (2) 26-33. Avondale Academic Press: NSW.

Iselin, DJ and Meteyard, J 2010, The Beyond in the Midst – An Incarnational Response to the Dynamic Dance of Christian Worldview, Faith and Learning Journal of Christian Education and Belief Volume 14:1 33-46 Spring 2010. Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.

Iselin, DJ 2009, There Arose a Generation that did not Remember: The Challenge of Maintaining Distinctively Christian Institutional Cultures in an Era of Change, TEACH Journal of Christian Education 2 (1) 14-24. Avondale Academic Press: NSW.

Iselin, DJ 2009, Christianity and Worldviews-5 Day Intensive Program, course initiative of the Bible College of Malaysia and Malaysia Care, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia.

Iselin, DJ 2002, ‘Liberating the Joy of Mathematics Learning – Yew Chung Principles and Processes (12 articles), Ming Pao Newspaper – Education Supplement, March-May, 2002

Iselin, DJ 2001, ‘Liberating the Joy of Language Learning – Yew Chung Principles and Processes (12 articles)’, Ming Pao Newspaper – Education Supplement, September-December 2001.

Iselin, DJ 1998, ‘Beginning Teaching- Boldly Going Where No Student Has Gone Before’ CSAQ Journal, no.6, June, 1998. pp.12-13.

Presentations

Iselin, DJ 2017, Second Generation Leadership in Christian Schools; Principles, Pitfalls and Paradoxes, workshop presentation, Christian Schools National Policy Forum, Hyatt Hotel, Canberra, 22nd May.

Iselin, DJ 2017, On Purpose: Second Generation Leadership Principles, Priorities and Practices for cultivating intentional Christian school cultures.  2nd Keynote address, CEN National Conference, Mercure Hotel, Canberra 21st May.

Iselin, DJ 2017, A Vision in Transition; Sustaining Christian School Cultures in the liminal space of second generation school context. 1st Keynote addresses, CEN National Conference, Mercure Hotel, Canberra 20th May.

Iselin, DJ 2017, A “Re” – Forming Vision: Cultivating Sustainable Christian School Cultures in an Era of Change. Dinner speaker, Northern Territory (NT) Christian Schools Annual Dinner and AGM, Rydges Hotel, Darwin 18th May.

Iselin, DJ 2017, Christian Higher Education Australia – A Report from the Shadowlands. Guest speaker, JBU Cabinet and whole of faculty lunch, John Brown University (JBU), Siloam Springs, Arkansas USA 31st January.

Iselin, DJ 2017, We are His Workmanship. Chapel presenter, John Brown University (JBU), Siloam Springs, Arkansas USA 31st January.

Iselin, DJ 2016, Worldview Whole staff workshop and presentation (x2), Heights Christian College, Rockhampton 22nd June.

Iselin, DJ 2016, A Transforming Vision: Christian Worldview Orientation for Teachers New to Christian Schools. Facilitator and presenter, Christian Heritage College, Brisbane, 18th March.

Iselin, DJ  2015, Leading second generation schools. Dinner speech and keynote workshop presentations, Godly Governance, CEN National Board Chair Conference, Grand Chancellor Hotel, Melbourne, 15th and 16th October.

Iselin, DJ  2015, A Transforming Vision: A Christian Worldview Re-Minding. Whole staff workshop presentation, Victory Christian College, Gympie, 10th September.

Iselin, DJ 2015, Second generation leadership in Christian schools: Principles, pitfalls and paradoxes.  Paper and presentation, Exploring Research Through Biblical Priorities; Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, Tauranga, New Zealand, 3rd and 4th September.

Iselin, DJ 2015, Culture. Workshop presenter, Associated Christian Schools Leaders Conference, Mercure Resort, Palm Meadows, Gold Coast, 17th July

Iselin, DJ 2015, Why Christian Schools? Keynote speaker, Calvary Conversations Conference, Calvary Christian College, Townsville, 13th July

Iselin, DJ 2015, Christian Worldview and Sustainable Christian School Cultures: A Re-Minding, Whole staff workshop and presentation (x2), Christian Outreach College, Toowoomba, 7th July.

Iselin, DJ 2015, Challenges to Sustainable Christian Cultures in an Era of Change, workshop presentation Christian Schools National Policy Forum, 25th-26th May, The Hyatt Hotel, Canberra, Australia.

Iselin, DJ 2015, There Arose a Generation – Cultural Meaning Making Imperatives for Second Generation Leaders: Keynote Speaker Christian Schools National Policy Forum, 25th-26th May, Hyatt Hotel, Canberra, Australia.

Iselin, DJ 2015, A Transforming Vision: Christian Worldview Orientation for Teachers New to Christian Schools, facilitator and presenter, Christian Heritage College, Brisbane, 20th March.

Iselin, DJ 2015, Lost in Translation: Cultivating Christian School Cultures in an Era of Change, whole staff workshop presentation, Bundaberg Christian College, Bundaberg, 26th February.

Iselin, DJ 2014, Glimpses of Christian Worldview: whole staff workshop presentation, Northside Christian College, Brisbane, 20th Jan.

Iselin, DJ 2013, Glimpses of Christian Worldview: Worldview Wondering in a Cynical Age, whole staff workshop presentation (x 2 sessions), Christian Heritage College, Brisbane, 9th May.

Iselin, DJ 2012, Cultivating Sustainable Christian School Cultures – Two Day KingsWay School Staff Retreat Keynote Speaker, Orewa Beach, Auckland, New Zealand. January 25-26 2012.

Iselin, DJ 2011, Cultivating Sustainable Christian School Cultures in an Era of Change, seminar and workshop presentation, Christian Heritage College, Brisbane, 1st September.

Iselin, DJ 2011, Christianity and Worldviews (TH211/ TH533)-5 Day Intensive Program. Course initiative of the Bible College of Malaysia and Malaysia Care, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia.

Iselin, DJ 2009, Cultivating Sustainable Cultures: Principals as Cultural and Symbolic Meaning Makers in an Era of Change, paper presented at 2009 School of Education Post-Graduate Research Conference, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane.

Iselin, DJ 2009, Living Legacies and Culture – Two Day Heights College Staff Retreat Keynote Speaker, Ferns Conference Centre, Rockhampton. April 14-15 2009.

Iselin, DJ 2008, There Arose a Generation That Did Not Remember – Keys to Preserving and Perpetuating Distinctively Christian Institutional Cultures, conference seminar and paper presented at 2008 Scholar’s Conference New Zealand, Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, New Zealand.

Iselin, DJ 2008, Let Me Tell You a Story – The History of Christian Schooling in Queensland. Seminar session presented at CSA(Q) 2008 Conference, Brisbane.

Iselin, DJ 2008, Keeping Faith – Maintaining Distinctive Christian School Cultures in an Era of Change. Seminar session presented at CSA(Q) 2008 Conference, Brisbane.

Iselin, DJ 2007, Using a Professional Standards Framework Within Preservice Teacher Education Programs, workshop presented at Queensland Deans of Education Research Forum, Australian Catholic University, Banyo, September 2007, Brisbane.

Iselin, DJ 2007, Developing a Christian School Culture – ED481 Study Group, 4 workshop intensives presented at Heights College, Rockhampton September 2007, Rockhampton.

Iselin, DJ and Meteyard, J 2005, The Beyond in the Midst – An Incarnational Response to the Integration of Christian Worldview, Faith and Learning, paper presented at Redeeming the Academic Mind Conference 2005 Morling College, Sydney.

Iselin, DJ and Price, P. 2005, Australian Government Quality Teaching Programme (AGQTP) Curriculum Change and Collaborative Planning Project day workshop presented to all staff at Cooloola Christian College 2005 Gympie, Queensland.

Iselin, DJ 2004, Australian Government Quality Teaching Programme (AGQTP) Multiple Intelligences and Curriculum Innovation workshop presented to all primary staff at Hillcrest Christian College 2004 Reedy Creek, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Iselin, DJ 2004, Survivor ST – The Student Teacher Challenge, Seminar presented at CSA(Q) 2004 Conference, Brisbane.

Iselin, DJ 2004, Mapping the Zeitgeist of a New Generation, paper presented at CHC Faith and Learning Seminar June 2004, Brisbane.

Iselin, DJ 2003, Motivation Through Integration, Keynote Speaker Yew Chung Education Foundation – Language Symposium, Hong Kong Convention Centre.

Iselin, DJ 2002, A Framework for Success, Ming Pao Mathematics Workshop and Public Lecture series, City University, Hong Kong.

Iselin, DJ 2002, Problem Solving in Mathematics, Ming Pao Mathematics Workshop and Public Lecture series, City University, Hong Kong.

Iselin, DJ 2002, Liberating the Joy of Mathematics Learning – Yew Chung Principles and Processes, Ming Pao Mathematics Workshop and Public Lecture series, City University, Hong Kong.

Iselin, DJ 2001, Liberating the Joy of Language Learning – Yew Chung Principles and Processes, Ming Pao Language Workshop and Public Lecture series, Hong Kong Productivity Centre.

Iselin, DJ 1998, Primary Science and the New Millennium, Seminar session presented at CSA(Q) 1998 Conference, Brisbane.

Iselin, DJ 1996, This is Your Time, Keynote address and workshop presenter at Baguio Youth Conference, The Philippines