Dennis Hiebert


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Dennis Hiebert

Professor, Sociology

Briercrest Bible College, 1970–71
B.P.E., B.Ed. University of Manitoba, 1974, 1977
M.H.K. University of Windsor, 1981
Providence Theological Seminary, 1983–85
Ph.D. University of Manitoba, 1993

Contact Information

Teaching Fields

Sociology of Religion
Sociological Theory
Social Psychology
Marriage and Family
Social Science and Christianity
Gender Studies
Social Problems and Change
Media and Society
Human Sexuality
Leisure and Sport

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Professional Experience

1992 - Present: Providence University College, Faculty
1992 - 1996: University of Manitoba, Lecturer
1976 - 1978, 1980 - 1982, 1984 - 1987: Manitoba Christian Colleges Athletic Association, Commissioner
1975 - 1988: Providence College Athletic Director

Professional Associations

2010 - 2012: Association of Christians Teaching Sociology, President
2008 - 2009: Association of Christians Teaching Sociology, Vice-President
Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association
1991: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship
1989: University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (doctoral) 


2013. Sweet Surrender: How Cultural Mandates Shape Christian Marriage (Wipf & Stock).

Journal Articles
2013. Problems and Possibilities of Sociology as Prophetic. Christian Scholar's Review, forthcoming.

2012. The Community, Courage, and Compassion of the Christian Sociologist. Journal for the Sociological Integration of Religion and Society, 2, 2.

2008. The Concepts Project, Association of Christians Teaching Sociology,

2008. Can We Talk? Achieving Dialogue between Sociology and Theology. Christian Scholar’s Review, 37, 2, 199-214.

2004. Toward a Post-postmodern Christian Concept of Self. Didaskalia, 16, 1, 1-24.

2003. The Insufficiency of Integrity. Pastoral Psychology, 51, 4, 293-307.

1999. The McDonaldization of Protestant Organizations. Christian Scholar's Review, 29, 2, 261-279.

1997. Book Notes on Postmodernism. Didaskalia, 9, 1, 87-91.

1996. Toward Adult Cross-sex Friendship. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 24, 4, 271-283.

1995. Me and Jesus? Countering Individualism with a More Collectivist Reading of Scripture. Theological Research Exchange Network, September.

1994–5. Self-presentation and Impression Management." PartnerChristian Association of Canadians in Student Development. (3-part series)
Presentation of the Self in Everyday Life. Fall, 1994.
Tactical Impression Management. Spring, 1995
Ineffective Impression Management. Fall, 1995

1994. Book Review of Reginald Bibby, Unknown Gods: The Ongoing Story of Religion in Canada (Toronto: Stoddart, 1993) and W.E. Hewitt, (Ed.) The Sociology of Religion: A Canadian Focus (Toronto: Butterworths, 1993). In the Christian Sociological Society Newsletter, 22, 1, 7.

1992. The Sociology of Fowler's Faith Development Theory. Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 21, 3, 321-335.

1992. Antiseptic Education: The Myth of Irreligiosity. Faculty Dialogue, 17, 85-101.

1992. More Noahs? A Personal Response. Faculty Dialogue, 16, 129-136.

1985. Glorifying God in the Body. Dialog: A Journal of Theology, 24, 2, 133-35.
Reprinted in 1986 in Christian Educators Journal, 25, 2, 19-21.

1981. "Prevailing Protestant Ideology Concerning Sport: A Theoretical Analysis." M.H.K. Thesis published by Providence Bookstore, Otterburne, Manitoba.

Presented Manuscripts
2012 Paper Presented
“The Community, Courage, and Compassion of the Christian Sociologist”
Association of Christians Teaching Sociology
Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia

2011 Paper Presented
“Prophetically Incorrect: Problems and Possibilities of Sociology as Prophetic”
Association of Christians Teaching Sociology
St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota

2009 Paper Presented
“The Biblical Call for Social Justice”
Association of Christians Teaching Sociology
Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa

2008 Paper Presented
“The Divisions of Labor Within Sociology and Between Sociology and Theology”
National Faculty Leadership Conference, Faculty Commons
Washington, D.C.

2007 Paper Presented
“Purity and the Marriage Bed: Disembedding Christian Concepts of Marriage from Culture”
Association of Christians Teaching Sociology
Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Kentucky

2006 Paper Presented
“Social Science, Faith, and Hermeneutics: Sample Pedagogical Dialogues”
Conference on Faith, Learning, and Living: Integration in Christian Higher Education
Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Manitoba

2005 Paper Presented
“The Concepts Project Report”
Association of Christians Teaching Sociology
Wheaton College, Chicago, Illinois

2005 Invited Presentation
“Who Am I?’ The Problem of Self”
Canadian Association of Christians in Student Development
Winnipeg, Manitoba

2004 Discipline Coordinator for Sociology
Conference on "Scripture and the Disciplines"
Wheaton College, Chicago, Illinois

2004 Plenary Speaker
"The Postmodern Self"
Professional Association of Canadian Christian Counsellors Annual Conference
Winnipeg, Manitoba

2003 Paper Presented
"Integration Revisited and Renewed: What Christian Psychologists are Saying"
Association of Christians Teaching Sociology
Dallas, Texas

2001 Invited Presentation
"Homosexuality: Support and Guidance Through the Struggle"
Association of Canadian Bible Colleges Annual Conference
Regina, Saskatchewan

1999 Paper Presented
"What Might Jesus Say to Mark Simpson?"
Association of Christians Teaching Sociology
Costa Mesa, California

1998 Paper Presented
"The McDonaldization of Protestant Organizations"
Association of Christians Teaching Sociology
London, England

1995 Invited Presentation
"Understanding Faith Development: Implications for Discipleship"
Youth For Christ/Canada National Leadership Conference
Winnipeg, Manitoba

1994 Paper Presented with Edmund Neufeld
"Me and Jesus? Countering Individualism with a More Collectivist Reading of Scripture."
Evangelical Theological Society 46th Annual Meeting
Lisle, Illinois

1993 Invited Presentation
"Research on Faith Development in Higher Education"
Association of Canadian Bible Colleges Annual Conference
Otterburne, Manitoba

1992 Invited Presentation
"Angry Athletes and the Almighty: Christian Moral Resistance in Sport."
North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
Toledo, Ohio

1987 Invited Presentation on Sport Ethics
Evangelical Mennonite Conference, Youth Conference
Caronport, Saskatchewan

1984 Coordinator and Presenter
Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics Workshops
Association of Canadian Bible Colleges Annual Meetings
Calgary, Alberta

Magazine Articles
1992. "Fanning the Flame." Christian Week, 5, 22 (February 18), 5.

1992. Book Review of Shirl J. Hoffman, (Ed.) (1992) Sport and Religion (Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers, 1992). In Christian Week 5, 22 (February 18), 14.

1989. "Angry Athletes and the Almighty." Gospel Herald, 7, 4, 8-9.

1985. "Camp Recreation Programming Test." The Pocket Stew, 1, 2 (May-June), 3-4.

1985. "Questions for Christians in Sport." Faith Alive, 3, 1, 34–35.

1984. "Time and Toys." Southeast Bulletin (3-part series)
The Problem of Recreation. August 21
Values of Work and Recreation. September 4
Christian Values and Recreation. September 18

1984. "Straight Talk on Sport." The Messenger (3-part series)
The Problem of Competition. 22, 2, 4.
Competition and Personal Attitudes. 22, 3, 5.
Competition and relationships. 22, 4, 4.

1983–84. Out of Bounds
Regular editorial on sport for the Southeast Bulletin.

1983. "Sanctified Sports?" HIS, 43, 8, 1–4.
Reprinted in 1987 in Mennonite Brethren Herald, 26, 6, 6-7.


Stage Acting


Born in Manitoba
Married, with two sons


Faith Development in Eye Witness

Read Dr. Dennis Hiebert's article about faith development in the most recent issue of Eye Witness.

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