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:

Patricia A. Hutto
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs

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

PHutto@jbu.edu
479.524.7129

Faculty Handbook

Administration

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

EEricson@jbu.edu

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. Stacey Duke

Dr. Stacey Duke

DSL, Regent University M.B.A., Bryan College B.A., Southeastern Louisiana University

Dean of Online Undergraduate Programs & Strategic Initiatives Assistant Professor of Business Department Head, Online Undergraduate Liberal Arts

SDuke@jbu.edu

In her role as Dean of Online Undergraduate programs, Duke oversees all of the online undergraduate curriculum, and adjunct faculty.  As Dean of Strategic Initiatives, she provides leadership for the development of academic partnerships with businesses and two-year institutions in Arkansas and Oklahoma. She also oversees the Online and Graduate Enrollment team. She has taught business, leadership and communication courses at JBU in the graduate and undergraduate programs.

Before joining JBU, she served as the Assistant Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Business at Bryan College. Before her career in higher education, she worked in the financial investment industry.

She enjoys travel (local and international), photography and cooking Cajun cuisine. She resides in Siloam Springs, AR.

 
Dr. Richard Ellis

Dr. Richard Ellis

Ph.D., University of Michigan M.Div., Biola University B.R.Ed., William Tyndale College

Dean of The Graduate School

REllis@jbu.edu

Dr. Ellis has been dean of the graduate programs at John Brown University since 2004, during which time the Graduate School has grown in faculty, facilities, programs and enrollment. Today JBU’s Graduate School offers master’s degrees on campus, online, and at our educational centers in Northwest Arkansas, Fort Smith, and Little Rock in the fields of counseling, cybersecurity, business, education, and higher education.

Dr. Ellis’s service to the higher educational community extends beyond John Brown University. He was co-editor of the Fall 2012 issue of New Directions for Higher Education. As a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission he participates in accreditation visits to other college campuses regularly and served as a member of the Commission's Accreditation Review Council. He served on the Leadership Council of Christian Adult Higher Education Association (CAHEA), including two years as CAHEA president, and on the original Steering Committee for the CCCU Center for Research in Adult Learning. Prior to coming to JBU he held faculty and administrative positions at colleges in Michigan and Virginia. In 1993 Dr. Ellis initiated JBU’s bachelor’s degree completion program for adult learners, a program he directed for seventeen years. He is the Project Manager for the University’s two-million dollar Title III grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, that put the degree completion program online. A native of Chicago, Dean Ellis spent his early years living in suburban Chicago, Mexico City and Detroit. He earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration from The University of Michigan, a M.Div. degree from Biola University and a bachelor's degree from William Tyndale College. His work in higher education has allowed him to travel to China, Hong Kong, Guatemala, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Czech Republic. Dr. Ellis is an advocate for international learning opportunities for JBU’s graduate students. Dr. Ellis and his wife Carol have 5 children, 5 grandsons and one granddaughter.

 
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

BWeimer@jbu.edu

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

RNorwood@jbu.edu

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.

 

 
Dr. Carla Swearingen

Dr. Carla Swearingen

Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago B.A., Hendrix College

Dean of Faculty Development Director, Office for the Advancement of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Professor of Chemistry

CSwearingen@jbu.edu

Dr. Carla Swearingen came to John Brown University in 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Swearingen's course load includes General Chemistry I and II, Advanced Analytical Chemistry, Fundamentals of Chemistry, Physical Science. Dr. Swearingen works with undergraduate students on an ongoing research project looking at nanotechnology. The students, together with Dr. Swearingen, modify gold nanotubes to detect low levels of environmental contaminants. Chemistry caught Dr. Swearingen's interest because of the fulfillment she fills when she can answer the question "Why?" She uses her detail orientation to study the world at its smallest level. Dr. Swearingen is excited to incorporate her faith into the study of Chemistry and pass that passion on to students. She seeks to glorify God as a chemist by educating the next generation of scientists, honoring creation by seeking environmentally sensitive chemistry methods, and pursuing the application of science to meet community.