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Dean Joe Wuest

The Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD) honored Ohio Christian University’s Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, Joe Wuest, M.A., with the 2018 Ruth Bamford Award.  Dr. Edee Schulze, ACSD’s president, explains the award’s significance:

“The Ruth Bamford award is presented annually to individuals who have served in the field of student development less than 15 years, who have provided outstanding leadership and service to ACSD and their home institution, as well as contributed significantly to the field of student affairs.  Especially important is demonstrated ability to integrate faith and learning in their professional lives and practice.

“Joe is known for possessing a deeply-committed heart both for the Lord and for Christian higher education.  He invests into his institution and has been heard on several occasions to articulate his desire for his colleagues and students to grow deeper in their relationships with Christ, as he actively cultivates his own spiritual growth."  

Reflecting on this recognition, Dean Wuest shares how rewarding his participation in ACSD has been:

“I am blessed to have a Student Development team who is passionate about challenging and supporting our students well.  I am honored by this recognition, but many mentors in the field, my staff, and my family played a big part in this achievement, and I am incredibly thankful.  I will continue to keep fixed on Christ and ‘pivot’ as needed, knowing the students we serve are changing.  Student Development needs to balance being malleable with the truth of the Gospel."

Articles of Interest

Faculty Profile:  Dr. Darren M. Johnson image

Faculty Profile: Dr. Darren M. Johnson

Faculty Profile:  Dr. Darren M. Johnson image

Published: November 16, 2018

Dr. Darren M. Johnson joined Ohio Christian University’s Psychology Department as an Associate Professor of Psychology and Chemical Dependency Counseling.  He is currently teaching Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling, Diversity Issues in Counseling, Principles of Counseling, and Physiological Psychology. In 2017, ProQuest published Johnson’s “The Experience of Being an Atheist in the United States,” a report on his study of interviews with twelve atheists. He has presented on Coping with Stress in the Workplace, Good Grief: How Grieving Properly Can Be
Dr. Darren M. Johnson joined Ohio Christian University’s Psychology Department as an Associate Professor of Psychology and Chemical Dependency Counseling.  He is currently teaching Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling, Diversity Issues in Counseling, Principles of Counseling, and Physiological Psychology. In 2017, ProQuest published Johnson’s “The Experience of
Dr. Darren M. Johnson joined Ohio Christian University’s Psychology Department as an Associate Professor of Psychology and Chemical Dependency Counseling.  He is currently teaching Abnormal
OCU Develops Future Teacher's Skills in Educating 'Whole Child' image

OCU Develops Future Teacher's Skills in Educating 'Whole Child'

OCU Develops Future Teacher's Skills in Educating 'Whole Child' image

Published: November 16, 2018

By Steven Collins, Senior Reporter, Circleville Herald Photo by Nancy Radcliff, Chief Photographer, Circleville Herald Circleville Herald, November 15, 2018 The Ohio Christian University’s Teacher Education program is guiding the next generation of teachers into modern day teaching. Valarie Jones, chair of the education department, said they’re teaching their education students about trauma-informed educating, a way to teach students who have been affected by trauma to their maximum potential. “Everything we do has the idea to love the kids first and then everything else comes after
By Steven Collins, Senior Reporter, Circleville Herald Photo by Nancy Radcliff, Chief Photographer, Circleville Herald Circleville Herald, November 15, 2018 The Ohio Christian University’s Teacher Education program is guiding the next generation of teachers into modern day teaching. Valarie Jones, chair of the education department, said they’re teaching their education students about trauma
By Steven Collins, Senior Reporter, Circleville Herald Photo by Nancy Radcliff, Chief Photographer, Circleville Herald Circleville Herald, November 15, 2018 The Ohio Christian University’s Teacher
Caleb Friedeman - Religion Professor

Faculty Profile: Dr. Caleb Friedeman

Caleb Friedeman - Religion Professor

Published: November 1, 2018

Dr. Caleb T. Friedeman recently joined Ohio Christian University’s Religion Department as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. A disciple of Jesus Christ with a passion to serve the Church as a pastor-theologian, Friedeman brings to the department the heart of a pastor and the mind of a scholar. Friedeman holds a B.A. in Ancient Languages from Asbury University, an M.A. in Biblical Literature from Wesley Biblical Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology (New Testament) from Wheaton College. His doctoral dissertation focused on the Christology of Luke chapters 1 and 2 and its
Dr. Caleb T. Friedeman recently joined Ohio Christian University’s Religion Department as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. A disciple of Jesus Christ with a passion to serve the Church as a pastor-theologian, Friedeman brings to the department the heart of a pastor and the mind of a scholar. Friedeman holds a B.A. in Ancient Languages from Asbury University, an M.A. in Biblical
Dr. Caleb T. Friedeman recently joined Ohio Christian University’s Religion Department as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. A disciple of Jesus Christ with a passion to serve the Church as a

Archived Articles of Interest

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Students Present Research Findings

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Published: April 2, 2013

On March 20, students in the psychology department presented their research findings on religious conformity, behavioral modification, and obesity in the evangelical community.Sarah Rykwalder, a psychology junior, along with three other students conducted an observational study during Midwestern university church services to track the factors associated with conformity. The raising of hands in a service is one example of behaviors they tracked. They witnessed individuals conformed when they received reinforcements.“The students were reinforced to conform by receiving something desired
On March 20, students in the psychology department presented their research findings on religious conformity, behavioral modification, and obesity in the evangelical community.Sarah Rykwalder, a psychology junior, along with three other students conducted an observational study during Midwestern university church services to track the factors associated with conformity. The raising of hands
On March 20, students in the psychology department presented their research findings on religious conformity, behavioral modification, and obesity in the evangelical community.Sarah Rykwalder, a
Academic Presentation: The Effect of Tenure on Perceived Leader Integrity and Implicit Leadership Perception image

Academic Presentation: The Effect of Tenure on Perceived Leader Integrity and Implicit Leadership Perception

Academic Presentation: The Effect of Tenure on Perceived Leader Integrity and Implicit Leadership Perception image

Published: March 11, 2013

On March 6, Heidi Frederick, Assistant Vice President and Dean of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, provided an academic presentation on “The Effect of Tenure on Perceived Leader Integrity and Implicit Leadership Perception.” The presentation was attended by OCU faculty, students and members of the community.Frederick’s presentation focused on a study she conducted in which participants scored their current supervisor according to items of perceived integrity and implicit leader characteristics such as: sensitivity, dedication, tyranny, charisma, and intelligence. The survey
On March 6, Heidi Frederick, Assistant Vice President and Dean of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, provided an academic presentation on “The Effect of Tenure on Perceived Leader Integrity and Implicit Leadership Perception.” The presentation was attended by OCU faculty, students and members of the community.Frederick’s presentation focused on a study she conducted in which
On March 6, Heidi Frederick, Assistant Vice President and Dean of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, provided an academic presentation on “The Effect of Tenure on Perceived Leader Integrity
OCU Faculty Members Earn Doctorates image

OCU Faculty Members Earn Doctorates

OCU Faculty Members Earn Doctorates image

Published: March 7, 2013

Ohio Christian University seek qualified faculty of the highest caliber. In the fall semester, two OCU faculty earned doctorates. These faculty lead the way in demonstrating life-long learning for their students. Dr. Rick Christman serves as the Vice President for Student Development and faculty member for OCU. He has been an integral part of the university since 2008. Christman earned his Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Ministry and Master of Arts in Advanced Leadership Studies from Indiana
Ohio Christian University seek qualified faculty of the highest caliber. In the fall semester, two OCU faculty earned doctorates. These faculty lead the way in demonstrating life-long learning for their students. Dr. Rick Christman serves as the Vice President for Student Development and faculty member for OCU. He has been an integral part of the university since 2008. Christman earned his
Ohio Christian University seek qualified faculty of the highest caliber. In the fall semester, two OCU faculty earned doctorates. These faculty lead the way in demonstrating life-long learning for
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Academic Presentation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Headache Pain

Academic Presentation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Headache Pain image

Published: March 1, 2013

On February 20, OCU Assistant Professor of Psychology Matthew Decker provided an academic presentation on “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Headache Pain.” The presentation was attended by OCU faculty, students and members of the community. The ACT treatment involves being in the moment and making sure your actions match your values.“For me, ACT and other ‘third wave’ treatments are improvements on the older treatments, but many of them are still being validated for various problems and disorders,” Decker said.Professor Decker led a study in which participants who
On February 20, OCU Assistant Professor of Psychology Matthew Decker provided an academic presentation on “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Headache Pain.” The presentation was attended by OCU faculty, students and members of the community. The ACT treatment involves being in the moment and making sure your actions match your values.“For me, ACT and other ‘third wave’
On February 20, OCU Assistant Professor of Psychology Matthew Decker provided an academic presentation on “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Headache Pain.” The presentation was
OCU Faculty Provide Monthly Academic Presentations image

OCU Faculty Provide Monthly Academic Presentations

OCU Faculty Provide Monthly Academic Presentations image

Published: December 3, 2012

Ohio Christian University faculty have begun monthly presentations to enhance the academic quality and engagement of faculty, students, and community members. These events are also being made available live through video conferencing so that faculty and students in online programs are able to participate.On December 5th, Prof. Thad Hicks will present on the topic of Managing Compassion Fatigue. Prof. Hicks serves as Assistant Professor of Disaster Management and is working on a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies. Compassion Fatigue, or secondary traumatic stress disorder, is a condition
Ohio Christian University faculty have begun monthly presentations to enhance the academic quality and engagement of faculty, students, and community members. These events are also being made available live through video conferencing so that faculty and students in online programs are able to participate.On December 5th, Prof. Thad Hicks will present on the topic of Managing Compassion
Ohio Christian University faculty have begun monthly presentations to enhance the academic quality and engagement of faculty, students, and community members. These events are also being made