Joy to the World: CIU Celebrates a Family Christmas

December 02, 2016
CIU students pose in front of the campus Christmas tree.

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students gathered on The Quad in front of the campus library on Nov. 29, to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. Through a night of festivities, the student body welcomed the start of the holidays as a family.

“I love coming together with my brothers and sisters in Christ, celebrating the reason why we're here,” said sophomore Jennifer Craven.

CIU to Hold Two Commencements Dec. 9

November 30, 2016
Sen. Darrell Jackson

There will be commencement celebrations on both sides of the Broad River on Dec. 9. The first will be on the Monticello Road main campus of Columbia International University at 10 a.m. Then, at 1:30 p.m., directly across the river from CIU, graduates of the CIU Prison Initiative will receive their diplomas at the Kirkland Correctional Institution.

Faculty/Director of the Psychology Program

College of Arts and Sciences
40 hours/12 months
July 01, 2017


The Director of the Psychology program provides vision and leadership for the program, as well as serving as curriculum developer and instructor and interacting and advising students within the program. The Director will teach 21 semester hours annually within the discipline of psychology, with an additional 3 semester hours of administrative load credit.  The Director also serves as primary steward of educational department guidelines and policies.  


  • Provide overall leadership for the psychology program
  • Oversee the development and ongoing refinement of the psychology curriculum to ensure its consistency with CIU’s institutional mission and its suitability for vocational preparation and graduate programs leading to licensed service as a mental health professional
  • Work to expand the vision and course offerings of department
  • Advise and counsel students within the program
  • Assist the division chair and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in the recruitment and evaluation of adjunct faculty as needed
  • The Director must be willing to phone, e-mail, meet with, advise, review transcripts, guide, and/or provide information to those interested in the psychology major as appropriate
  • Endorse and model professional standards and proficiencies
  • Teach up to seven (7) college level courses per year (21 semester hours; 3 additional hours load credit are assigned for administrative responsibilities)
  • Work within the program budget in consultation with the division chair
  • Serve on committees as assigned within the university
  • Assist in training students via internships and practicum experiences as appropriate
  • Participate in faculty meetings at the college and university level; attend other appropriate events including chapel, conferences, and student events.
  • Yearly affirm the institution’s mission, doctrinal position, and community standards


  • Extensive knowledge of the disciplines associated with psychology, including but not limited to: research, psychological paradigms, human psychology, and counseling
  • Demonstrate a strong knowledge in the mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual growth needs of people in clinical, academic, and church/mission settings
  • Provide creative vision for the program
  • Oversee and ensure the vitality of the curriculum
  • Ability to teach effectively at the college level, utilizing technology as appropriate
  • Competent in or able to learn and facilitate online education
  • Ability to judge competencies and character while remaining sensitive to the needs of those being served
  • Ability to use technology effectively in teaching as appropriate 
  • Understand the needs and trends associated with traditional college age students as well as the traits necessary for graduates of the psychology program to display
  • Ability to confront and resolve conflicts when necessary
  • Commitment to CIU’s mission and vision
  • Commitment to live within the standards of the CIU community
  • Design and implement effective instructional and counseling strategies and method
  • An earned doctorate (PhD) in Psychology from an accredited university is required
  • Possession of a Mental Health License (e.g. LP, LPC) or having the intention to secure one is required. (CIU seeks a faculty member who is a blend of researcher and practitioner.)
  • Some level of post-secondary training in biblical/theological studies is desired to ensure biblical consistency in one’s philosophy of teaching psychology in a biblical university
  • Some cross-cultural ministry is desirable
  • Preference is given to individuals with at least three years of experience teaching at the college level

CIU Congratulates Ben Lippen Falcons on State Championship

November 21, 2016
Ben Lippen School Falcons

Congratulations go out from Columbia International University to Ben Lippen School after the Falcons earned their first state title in football.

The Falcons beat the Porter-Gaud Cyclones from Charleston in overtime 27-21 in a Nov. 19 nail-biter that determined the SCISA (South Carolina Independent School Association) football championship.

Ben Lippen School is a Pre-K to 12th grade Christian school ministry of CIU.    


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