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.

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

Associate Professor and Program Director, Sport Management

Ph.D., Sport Management & Leadership, Concordia University Chicago M.A., Health & Exercise Science, Furman University M.S., Educational Leadership, Bob Jones University B.S., Mathematics Education

Professor of Theology

Dr. Xu joined the faculty of CIU's Seminary & School of Ministry in 2014. He teaches Theology and coordinates the Chinese Seminary Studies program. He is an executive director of Chinese Pastors'

Liberal Arts Division Chair, English Program Director, Professor of English

B.A., George Fox University; Certificate in Bible, Columbia International University; M.A.T. in English, The Citadel; Ph.D. in English, University of South Carolina; teacher, Charleston County School