Academic Affairs

Administration and Accreditation

The Office of Academic Affairs is committed to providing servant leadership to the academic programs, supporting faculty growth as teachers and scholars and helping students develop as Christian leaders.

Please direct inquiries to:

Rachel Robison
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs

John Brown University
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761


Dr. Ed Ericson III

Dr. Ed Ericson III

Ph.D., Indiana University

M.A., Indiana University

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

Dr. Ericson has served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty since 2002. He supervises undergraduate, degree completion and graduate programs as well as the library, registrar, academic support service, distance learning and institutional research functions of the university. He received a Ph.D. in 1996 and master’s in history in 1989 from Indiana University and earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Calvin College in 1987. Dr. Ericson came to JBU in 1994 as an instructor of history, specializing in diplomatic and military history and is known for his use of historical simulations as learning tools. He has since served as head of the History/Political Science Department, Chair of the Division of Social and Behavior Studies, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Prior to coming to JBU, he was an instructor of history at Calvin College. Dr. Ericson has been served in a number of prominent national roles with the National Conference of Academic Deans, the American Academic Leadership Institute, the Council of Independent Colleges and the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities.

Dr. Rebecca Weimer

Dr. Rebecca Weimer

Ed.D., University of Arkansas M.S., University of Arkansas B.S., Ball State University

Dean of Academic Services and Registrar

Dr. Weimer has been Registrar since 2007 and Dean of Academic Services since 2014. She supervises the Registrar’s Office, Academic Advising, Academic Assistance/Student Support Services and Retention. She received a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2002 from the University of Arkansas and earned her bachelor’s degree in English Secondary Education from Ball State University in 1984. In 2012, she completed all requirements for a doctorate from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Weimer came to JBU in 2000 as the Coordinator of Disability Services. She has also served as Director of Academic Assistance and Director of Student Support Services. Before coming to JBU, she was Director of Academic Assistance at Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary. She also spent 14 years teaching middle school and high school English at both private and public schools in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. Dr. Weimer has four children, Alexa, Caley, Cameron and Roman. Outside of JBU, she enjoys reading, cross-stitching and anything to do with history.


Dr. Robert Norwood

Dr. Robert Norwood

Ph.D., Stanford University M.S., Stanford University B.S., Stanford University

Associate Vice President for Academic Administration
Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Robert Norwood is Associate Vice President for Academic Administration and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at John Brown University. He is also a Professor of Engineering. In his role as Associate Vice President, Dr. Norwood oversees institutional assessment and accreditation, coordinates the faculty evaluation system, and serves as JBU’s accreditation liaison with the Higher Learning Commission. As Dean of Undergraduate Studies, he provides leadership for development and enhancement of undergraduate education at John Brown University. Dr. Norwood has taught engineering and computer science at John Brown University since 1998. Before joining John Brown University, he worked at Intel, Sun Microsystems, and Silicon Graphics. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and serves the IEEE as an ABET program evaluator. He also serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission. Dr. Norwood is a graduate of Stanford University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He continued at Stanford and earned a master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering with a Ph.D. minor in computer science.