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Dr. Jim Smith

Ohio Christian University Professor of Substance Abuse Counseling Dr. Jim Smith contributed two chapters for the recently published collaborative work Nelson's Church Leader's Manual for Congregational Care, available from Thomas Nelson Publishers. The two chapters are on lay ministry care for those with substance abuse issues and mental disorders.  Smith is well qualified to write on these topics as he holds three graduate degrees and is a licensed counselor as well as an ordained minister.  Smith states, "The connection to be part of this collaboration was brought about by God." OCU President Mark Smith congratulated Dr. Smith on his recent publication, saying, "We are proud of Dr. Smith's efforts to provide resources for those in lay ministry." Dr. Smith joined the Ohio Christian University faculty full-time in 2003, and he teaches psychology, substance abuse counseling/chemical dependency, and pastoral counseling courses in the traditional and AIM adult undergraduate programs and the Master of Arts in Ministry program.  He was awarded OCU Faculty Person of the Year in 2007 and promoted to the academic rank of full professor in 2009.  Dr. Smith and his wife Diane live in South Bloomfield with two adult daughters, Kelly and Samantha. 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.

Articles of Interest

CAEP Accreditation

OCU School of Education Earns 7 Year CAEP Accreditation

CAEP Accreditation

Published: January 18, 2023

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation has granted 7 years of accreditation to the Teacher Education Program at Ohio Christian University, the highest award the organization allows. The current Accreditation has been granted at the initial-licensure level for all major concentrations OCU offers at the undergraduate level for Teacher Education Preparation. CAEP Accreditation is granted when the Accreditation Council determines that an Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) meets all CAEP Standards, even if areas for improvement (AFIs) are identified in the final
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation has granted 7 years of accreditation to the Teacher Education Program at Ohio Christian University, the highest award the organization allows. The current Accreditation has been granted at the initial-licensure level for all major concentrations OCU offers at the undergraduate level for Teacher Education Preparation. CAEP
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation has granted 7 years of accreditation to the Teacher Education Program at Ohio Christian University, the highest award the organization

Archived Articles of Interest

OCU Writing Center Presents at Writing Center Conference at the University of Notre Dame image

OCU Writing Center Presents at Writing Center Conference at the University of Notre Dame

OCU Writing Center Presents at Writing Center Conference at the University of Notre Dame image

Published: May 20, 2015

The OCU Writing Center has been busy this year. In addition to the over 400 drop-in visits they received from students, the twelve writing workshops they hosted, and their work with students in the Basic Writing Lab, they also presented at a professional writing conference this past spring.April 10-11, Dr. Krista Stonerock and Christine Zimmerman, co-directors of OCU Writing Center, accompanied a group of tutors to the annual East Central Writing Center Association (ECWCA) Conference held at the University of Notre Dame. Tutors Ethan Allen, Tim Allen, Brent Palmer, and Kelsey Blackman
The OCU Writing Center has been busy this year. In addition to the over 400 drop-in visits they received from students, the twelve writing workshops they hosted, and their work with students in the Basic Writing Lab, they also presented at a professional writing conference this past spring.April 10-11, Dr. Krista Stonerock and Christine Zimmerman, co-directors of OCU Writing Center,
The OCU Writing Center has been busy this year. In addition to the over 400 drop-in visits they received from students, the twelve writing workshops they hosted, and their work with students in the
OCU’s Maxwell Library Supports Learning image

OCU’s Maxwell Library Supports Learning

OCU’s Maxwell Library Supports Learning image

Published: October 15, 2014

The Melvin and Laura Maxwell Library has been a cornerstone to support learning at Ohio Christian University for many decades. In addition to physical resources, the library provides faculty and students with access to a growing collection of digital content. Through membership in the OhioLINK consortium, the library participates in cost-effective digital resource acquisition, provides users with state-of-the-art discovery and access technologies, and cooperates in the sharing of more than 50 million physical items across the state.In fall 2013, students were invited to participate in
The Melvin and Laura Maxwell Library has been a cornerstone to support learning at Ohio Christian University for many decades. In addition to physical resources, the library provides faculty and students with access to a growing collection of digital content. Through membership in the OhioLINK consortium, the library participates in cost-effective digital resource acquisition, provides users
The Melvin and Laura Maxwell Library has been a cornerstone to support learning at Ohio Christian University for many decades. In addition to physical resources, the library provides faculty and
New 3-Year Bachelor’s Degree Saves Time and Money for OCU Students image

New 3-Year Bachelor’s Degree Saves Time and Money for OCU Students

New 3-Year Bachelor’s Degree Saves Time and Money for OCU Students image

Published: June 12, 2014

A three-year bachelor’s degree will be offered next academic year at OCU. Those in the Business program can elect to take a sequence of classes to earn 18 credits per semester and six credits per summer, 120 credits total, in only three years! Earning a bachelor’s degree in three years saves a year of tuition and residence hall expenses, and allows entrance into the workforce or graduate school a year earlier. It gives other students the opportunity to pursue a dual major, to spend time studying abroad, or to complete an internship.A 3-year degree provides a high-quality, low-cost
A three-year bachelor’s degree will be offered next academic year at OCU. Those in the Business program can elect to take a sequence of classes to earn 18 credits per semester and six credits per summer, 120 credits total, in only three years! Earning a bachelor’s degree in three years saves a year of tuition and residence hall expenses, and allows entrance into the workforce or graduate
A three-year bachelor’s degree will be offered next academic year at OCU. Those in the Business program can elect to take a sequence of classes to earn 18 credits per semester and six credits per
Amanda Grooms surrounded by family and friends at her suprise commencement celebration at Grant Medical Center

OCU held surprise commencement for hospitalized student

Amanda Grooms surrounded by family and friends at her suprise commencement celebration at Grant Medical Center

Published: April 22, 2014

Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being hospitalized on bed-rest for the duration of her pregnancy, so she was unable to realize her dream of walking at graduation. Knowing how important it was to her, a group of Ohio Christian University officials secretly planned a surprise mini-commencement at Grant Medical Center on Friday, April 22. A teary-eyed Amanda entered a packed-room full of her family, friends, and co-workers. She
Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being hospitalized on bed-rest for the duration of her pregnancy, so she was unable to realize her dream of walking at graduation. Knowing how important it was to her, a group of Ohio Christian
Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being
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Impacting the World through Education from Wesley’s Point of View

Impacting the World through Education from Wesley’s Point of View image

Published: November 26, 2013

During a recent visit to a church, one high school senior said to me, “I do not want to attend Ohio Christian because I want a real-world education.” I’m sure he has his own definition of what constitutes a “real-world education,” but his statement concerned me. Today’s Christian parents must be alert to the fact that many higher education institutions present godless content and philosophies that can cause students to stray from their faith.  Now, I am not so naive as to think one cannot be a proponent of Christian education while supporting the education processes of local public
During a recent visit to a church, one high school senior said to me, “I do not want to attend Ohio Christian because I want a real-world education.” I’m sure he has his own definition of what constitutes a “real-world education,” but his statement concerned me. Today’s Christian parents must be alert to the fact that many higher education institutions present godless content and
During a recent visit to a church, one high school senior said to me, “I do not want to attend Ohio Christian because I want a real-world education.” I’m sure he has his own definition of what