Teaching and Research


In the academic year 2020-2021 I was supervisor for Master students ‘Spiritual Care’ at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

From 2018-2020 I worked as senior lecturer at the Islamic Theological Faculty in Amsterdam (IUA). At this institute for higher education I was responsible for the subjects ‘Life Orientation’, ‘Pedagogy’ and ‘Psychology of Religion’. In addition, I coached students during their internships. 

From 2004-2014, I worked at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam as a senior lecturer in Pedagogy of Religion. In the context of the European REDCo research (led by Prof. Dr. Wolfram Weisze) I replaced – when necessary – Prof. Dr. Siebren Miedema as deputy leader for the Dutch delegation. Much has been published about the REDCo project: see my list of publications. 

From 2010-2014, I was attached as a professor to the research group ‘Onderwijs en Levensbeschouwing’(‘Education and Life Orientation’) at the Inholland University of Applied Sciences. My lectoral speech ‘Stem en Tegenstem’ (‘Voice and Counter-Voice’) can be downloaded here in Dutch, and here in English. There exist a number of publications on the activities of this Inholland research group: see my list of publications. With the farewell lecture ‘Af en Toe Stemmen’ (‘Voicing of the Other, Voicing with the Other’), this research group was ended in 2014. 

From 2004-2008, I was attached as a professor to the research group ‘Veelvorming Christelijk Onderwijs’(‘Multivoiced Christian Education’) at the Stenden University of Applied Sciences, where I worked in close collaboration with Prof. Dr. Cok Bakker of the Utrecht University. My lectoral speech ‘Verwante Stemmen’(‘Familiar Voices’) can be downloaded here in Dutch. 

From 2000-2015, I collaborated with Prof. Dr. Cok Bakker on his Utrecht Advisory Group on Identity, Life Orientation and Education, a research and consultancy group. The main focus in this period was the further development of the ‘Structureel Identiteits Beraad’ (‘Structural Identity Consultation’, SIC) and the coaching of Christian primary schools in the city of Rotterdam. This research has been published: see my list of publications.