Our Faculty

CIU faculty bring to the classroom deep experience that might include working among Muslims in France and North Africa, teaching leadership skills to FBI Academy instructors, or serving as teachers and administrators in both public and Christian schools.

Add in former military chaplains, experienced practicing family counselors and experts in ancient languages (to name a few) and you get just the right mix of experience and devotion to God that makes CIU a leader among the nation’s Christian universities and seminaries.

Our student/faculty ratio for undergraduates is 17 to 1. At the graduate and seminary level, it’s 12 to 1. Our educators are here because of their passion for their students and community. Interacting with them inside and outside the classroom is how our Bible-based college and seminary transforms students’ lives through developing their academics, sparking their spiritual growth and honing their ministry skills.

Professor of Adventure Education

Dr. Rubinson joined the faculty of CIU's Seminary & School of Ministry in 2011 and has taught Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture from that date until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he was a

Professor of Counseling

Dr. Scott joined the Graduate Counseling Program faculty of Columbia International University in 2019 as an Associate Professor. He teaches primarily in the Clinical Counseling program in areas of

Associate Provost for Online Studies - Education, CoE

B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College; B.S.; Calvin College; M.S.E., Indiana University; Ed.D. Ball State University

Dean, College of Intercultural Studies, Professor of Intercultural Studies and History of Global Christianity

Ed Smither joined the Columbia International University faculty in 2012. Previously, he taught church history and intercultural studies at Liberty University (2006-2012) and spent fourteen years in

Professor - European School of Culture and Theology, Korntal Campus

D.Th., University of South Africa Missionary in Tanzania for 8 years. He joined the ESCT-Faculty in 2013, teaching in the area of Intercultural Studies. He also serves as an academic advisor and

Associate Professor of Human Services

B. S., Benedict College, MS, South Carolina State University, PhD., Capella University Dr. Thomas worked with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (2004-2016) as Director of Children and

Director of Choral Activities, Associate Professor of Music

Director of Choral Activities, Associate Professor of Music B.S. Music Education, Indiana Wesleyan University; M.M. Choral Conducting, Michigan State University Bryce Thompson serves as the Director

Associate Professor of Psychology

B.A., Wheaton College, M.T.S., Vanderbilt University Tom is a Psychology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. He has taught at the undergraduate level in a variety of institutions for 30

Professor of Counseling

Dr. Wagner is a professor of clinical mental health counseling in CIU’s Seminary and School of Ministry.

Ph.D./Ed.S. Program Director, Professor of Education

Dr. Watson currently serves Columbia International University as a professor in the College of Education. He has served churches, Christian schools, and colleges as pastor, teacher, coach, school

President - European School of Culture and Theology, Korntal Campus

MBA Heriot-Watt University, Scotland; Ph.D. Northcentral University Originally from Northern Germany, Peter spent 30 years working with different organizations in Asia. From the very beginning, he was

Associate Professor of Psychology

Paula K. Whitaker, Ph. D. Associate Professor of Psychology B.A. in Psychology with a Music minor, The University of Tampa (UT) M.A. & Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, The University of South Florida