Refereed Journal Articles

Christian Higher Education: Engaging Society and Culture

Ewert, D. Merrill (2007).  “Christian Higher Education: Engaging Society and Culture.”  Direction, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 174-191.

This was a plenary presentation at a symposium for Mennonite Brethren higher education leaders from around the world.  It was subsequently published as a journal article is an issue of Direction.  The essays in that issue were written in honor of the late missiologist, Dr. Paul Hiebert.  Dr. Hiebert was not only one of my undergraduate professors, but also a mentor and friend who profoundly influenced my life.


The Passenger in Row 22

Ewert, D. Merrill (2002).  “The Passenger in Row 22.”  Adult Learning, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 3031.

While traveling to a professional meeting, my flight was unexpectedly delayed at O’Hare Airport by an incident that taught me a great deal about the importance of intercultural understanding.


Cooperative Extension and Faith-Based Organizations

Prins, Esther, and Ewert, D. Merrill (2002).  “Cooperative Extension and Faith-Based Organizations: Building Social Capital.”  Journal of Extension, Vol. 40, No.3.

This article was based on research in New York City, carried out by one of my graduate students.  Dr. Prins is now a tenured professor of adult education at The Pennsylvania State University.


MCCers and Evangelicals: Perspectives of Development

Grace, Kristen; Ewert, D. Merrill; and Eberts, Paul R. (1995).  “MCCers and Evangelicals: Perspectives of Development.”  Conrad Grabel Review, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 365-384).

This article grew out of an ongoing study of values, world view and community-based development practice, that several colleagues and I carried out at Cornell University.  This particular article essentially summarizes some of the findings of a master’s thesis by Kristen Grace.  Dr. Grace currently works in international education at Cornell.


Managing Diversity Within Cooperative Extension

Ewert, D. Merrill, and King-Rice, Jennifer A. (1994).  “Managing Diversity Within Cooperative Extension.”  Journal of Extension, Vol. 32, No. 1.

With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, several of my Cornell University graduate students and I examined what the literature said about the impact of cultural diversity on organizations, and the implications for Cooperative Extension.


From Answers to Questions: A Personal Journey

Ewert, D. Merrill (1994).  “From Answers to Questions: A Personal Journey.”  Adult Learning, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 26-28.

In a sense, this article describes and discusses the single, most moment of my professional life.  It happened on a dirt basketball court in Central Africa but it changed how I how I thought about teaching and learning.


Proverbs, Parables and Metaphors: Applying Freire’s Concept of Codifications to Africa

Ewert, D. Merrill (1981).  “Proverbs, Parables and Metaphors:  Applying Freire’s Concept of Codifications to Africa.”  Convergence, Vol. XVI, No. 1, pp. 32-43.  [Republished in Wajibu: 1998].

Paulo Friere’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, helped me rethink everything I knew and believed about personal and social transformation.  It helped me understand what was I saw around me while working in community-based development in rural Congo.