OCU Faculty Earn Doctorates

Ohio Christian University seeks qualified faculty of the highest caliber. In the spring semester, four OCU faculty earned doctorates. These faculty lead the way in demonstrating life-long learning for their students.

Dr. Timothy EadesDr. Timothy Eades has served as Associate Vice President of Adult Education since 2010. He earned the Doctor of Education degree in Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University. He also holds a Master of Ministry from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. His dissertation, entitled Marketing Nazarene Higher Education: A Study of Nazarene High School Senior College Choice, is a nationwide college choice study, seeking responses from over 6,900 Nazarene high school seniors. Eades recently co-presented at the Higher Learning Commission annual conference in Chicago, the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Center for Research in Adult Learning conference in Indianapolis, and the Christian Business Faculty Association conference in Mount Vernon.

Dr. Russel E. FailDr. Russell E. Fail joined the adjunct faculty in 2011.  He earned the Doctor of Philosophy in Organization and Management from Capella University. He also holds a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Fail’s dissertation was Utilizing Child Psychologists in Marketing Products to Children: A Phenomenological Study of the Ethical Perceptions of Child Psychologists.  He is active in the Society for Business Ethics and Association for Integrated Studies where he has presented papers on stakeholder theory, qualitative research, and interdisciplinary studies.

Dr. Shelly ReynoldsDr. Shelly Reynolds has been an adjunct faculty member since 2009. She earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership from Trident University International. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Teacher Education from the University of Puget Sound. Reynolds has contributed several scholarly studies to the field of educational research, including her dissertation, The Impact of Violence Prevention Programs on School Based Violence, and her master’s thesis, African American Academies and Afrocentric Education: Do They Liberate or Separate? She is currently working on a follow-up article pertaining to education administration best practices and organizational leadership.

Dr. Jeremy D. SmithDr. Jeremy D. Smith has been an adjunct faculty member since 2009 and is now an affiliate faculty member. He earned the Doctor of Business degree from Capella University and also earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with specialization in Operations. Smith has worked for two fortune one hundred organizations and also worked for a large firm in Chicago. The title of his dissertation was The Relationship of Incentives and Customer Service Scores.

Ohio Christian University is one of the fastest growing universities in Ohio. Over the past five years enrollment has grown 400 percent. With a heritage dating back to 1948, Ohio Christian University offers a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally and spiritually. OCU offers degree programs designed to equip students to become leaders in their careers, communities, families and in the world. Students enrolled in OCU’s traditional undergraduate program attend classes at its main campus in Circleville, Ohio. OCU’s AIM Adult Program offers 12 campus locations in the surrounding region as well as online degree programs.