John Valk



Renaissance College

Maggie Jean Chestnut 130

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Other titles

Part-time Instructor, Protestant University of Darmstadt (Germany)


  • BA. Calvin College (1975): Sociology
  • MPhil. Institute for Christian Studies (1979): Philosophical Theology
  • MA. University of St. Michael's College (1981): Theology
  • PhD. University of Toronto (1989): Religious Studies

Renaissance College courses

  • RCLP 1011 Worldviews Religion and Cultures
  • RCLP 2020Formative Learning Portfolio II
  • RCLP 4040Summative Learning Portfolio III
  • RCLP 2042 Science and Society

Research interests

Worldviews, Worldviews and Education; Worldviews and Inclusive Education; Worldviews and Leadership; Religion; Science and Religion.


Valk, J., Albayrak, H., & Selçuk, M. (2017). An Islamic Worldview from Turkey: Religion in a Modern, Democratic and Secular State.  (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan).

Valk, J. Worldviews In and Around Us: A Framework Journey into Knowing Self and Others. (In progress)

Book chapters

Valk, J. & Selçuk, M. (2018). "An Islamic Worldview: A Worldview Framework Approach to Religion in a Modern, Secular, Democratic State", in Sion, T., Astly, J., Francis, L. and Lankshear, D. Values, Human Rights and Religious Education: Contested Grounds. Oxford: Peter Lang. (Forthcoming)

Valk, J. (2017). "Reflections on Interfaith Education", in Weilzen, J. and Ter Avest, I. InterFaith Education. Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishers.

Valk, J. and Selçuk, M. (2017). "Journeying into a Peaceful Islam: A Worldview Framework Approach", in Aslan, E. and Hermansen, M. (Eds.). Religion and Violence: Muslim and Christian Theological and Pedagogical Reflections. Wiesbaden, Germany: Springer. Pp. 243-264.

Valk, J. (2017). "Worldview Inclusion in Public Schooling", in Etherington, M. (Editor). What Teachers Need to Know: Topics of Inclusion. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock. Pp. 233-248.

Valk, J. (2015). "Inclusion and the Nature of the Human: A Canadian Perspective", in Heilpadagogik: Objectives, Structures, Perspectives, Conference Proceedings. Berlin: Druckhaus Berlin-Mittepp 123-131.

Valk, J. (2015). "Christian Worldview Education in a Public University", in Kurian, G. & Lamport, M. (Editor) Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 279-280.

Valk, J. (2013). "Knowing Self and Others: Sustaining Ethical Leadership", in Beauvais, C., Shukla R., David-Blais M. (Editors). Ethical Leadership in Contemporary Challenges: Philosophical Perspectives. Leeuven, BE: Peeters. 19-42.

Valk, J. (2010). "Worldviews of Today: Teaching for Dialogue and Mutual Understanding", in Karin Sporre & Jan Mannberg (Editors), Values, Religions and Education in Changing Societies. Dordrecht, NL: Springer. 103-120.

Valk, J. (2006). "The Concept of Coincidentia Oppositorum in the Thought of Mircea Eliade", in Bryan Rennie, Mercea Eliade: A Critical Reader. London: Equinox Publishing. 176-185.

Refereed journal publications

Valk, J. (2017). "Learning as encounter between self and other", Religious Education, 112 (4): 334-337.

Gardner, R., Soules, K., & Valk, J. (2017). "The Urgent Need for Teacher Preparation in Religious and Secular Worldview Education", Religious Education, 112 (3): 242-254.

Valk, J. and Tosun, A. (2016). "Enhancing Religious Education Through Worldview Exploration", Discourse and Communication for Sustainable Education, 7, 2: 105-117.

Selcuk, M. and Valk, J. (2016). "An Islamic Worldview: Ethics in a Modern, Democratic and Secular State", Turkish Journal of Bioethics, 3 (Spring) 1: 15-25.

Valk, J. (2012). “Christianity through a Worldview Lens”, Journal of Adult Theological Education, 9, 2: 158-174.

Selçuk, M. and Valk, J. (2012). “Knowing Self & Others: A Worldview Model for Religious Education in Turkey”, Religious Education, 107 (Oct/Dec) 5: 443-454.

Wangmo, T., and Valk, J. (2012). “Under the Influence of Buddhism: The Psychological Wellbeing Indicators of GNH”, Journal of Bhutan Studies, 26 (Summer): 53-81.

Valk, J., Belding, S., Crumpton, A., Harter, N., and Reams, J. (2011). “Worldviews and Leadership: Thinking and Acting the Bigger Pictures”, Journal of Leadership Studies, 5, 2: 54-65.

Valk, J. (2010). "Prologue" (Guest Editorial), Journal of Leadership Studies, 4 (December) 3: 66.

Valk, J. (2010). “Leadership for Transformation: The Impact of a Christian Worldview”, Journal of Leadership Studies, 4 (December) 3: 83-86.

Valk, J. (2010). "Epilogue", Journal of Leadership Studies, 4 (December) 3: 91.

Valk, J. (2009). “Knowing Self and Others: Worldview Study at Renaissance College”, Journal of Adult Theological Education, 6, 1: 69-80.

Valk, J. (2009). “Religion and the University of New Brunswick”, Fides et Historia, 41, 2: 1-29.

Valk, J. (2009). “Religion or Worldview: Enhancing Dialogue in the Public Square”, Marburg Journal of Religion, 14 (May) 1: 1-16.

Valk, J. (2009). “Stories of our Elders: Exploring Traditional Wolastoq Knowledge and Knowledge Transmission”, Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues: Special Edition, 12: 278-288.

Valk, J. (2007). “A Plural Public School: Religion, Worldviews & Moral Education”, British Journal of Religious Education, 29 (September) 3: 273-285.

Roderick, C., Zundel, P., Bishop, M., Carr, M., Clarke, G., Colford, J., Fong, K., Foster, J., Hutchins, R., Joyce, M., Long, N., Lynch, E., Mengel, T., Reeves, V., Pazienza, J., Sharp, A., Spacek, R., Valk, J. (2006). "Renaissance College: Learning Outcomes at the Program Level." Alan Blizzard Award - Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Toronto: McGraw Hill Ryerson.  Monogram.  27 pages.

Valk, J. (2004). "Academically Missional: Opening Space at the Centre of the Academy" in Journal of the Tertiary Campus Ministry Association 2, 1: 127-137.

Valk, J. (2002). “Religion and Education: A Way Forward?” in Didaskalia: Journal of Providence College and Seminary 14 (Fall) 1:17-38.

Valk, J. (2001). "Affirming God in the Academy" in Journal of the Tertiary Campus Ministry Association 1, 3: 11-20.

Valk, J. (1998). “Teaching about Religion in the Social Studies Curriculum” in Canadian Social Studies 33 (Fall) 1: 17-19.

Valk, J. (1995). "Religion and the Schools: The Case of Utrecht." History of Education Quarterly 35 (Summer) 2:159-177.

Valk, J. (1992). "The Concept of the Coincidentia Oppositorum in Mircea Eliade" in Religious Studies 28 (March): 31-41.