The Dr. Gary J. Oliver Endowed Chair
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The Center for Healthy Relationships (CHR) seeks to fill the position of the Dr. Gary J. Oliver Endowed Chair with a relational leader and educator. In support of the Executive Director, the Chair will bring content expertise concerning relationships and marriage, relational acumen within diverse networks, educational proficiency and strategic thought.
The CHR operates as an endowed center within John Brown University (JBU). The CHR provides practical resources that encourage and empower the growth of healthy, resilient relationships in personal, collegiate, and professional settings. Strengthening marriages at all stages of family life, the original mandate of the CHR, continues to be a strong focus. A core value is the faithful integration of psychology, theology, and spiritual formation practices in the resources developed by the CHR. The CHR serves a diverse community including JBU students, faculty, and staff, as well as churches, mental health clinicians, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and the general population of Northwest Arkansas (NWA) and surrounding areas.
As the CHR grows over the next decade, our goal is to develop and work with a diverse network of churches and the therapeutic community to support marriages and families, as well as provide businesses and organizations with materials and training to enhance healthy relationships in the workplace. Specifically, the CHR plans to develop innovative resources that will strengthen relational resiliency in each of these contexts.
The CHR opened in 1998 as the Center for Marriage and Family Studies on the JBU campus through a generous gift from the Wingate Foundation. From the beginning, under the leadership of Dr. Gary Oliver, the CHR has been dedicated to helping individuals and couples lay a foundation for healthy relationships, strong marriages, and vital families.
One of the CHR’s early efforts was to develop a master’s degree program in counseling at JBU. In addition to student scholarships, the CHR established and managed a community clinic, which was eventually transferred to the JBU Graduate Counseling program and became the foundation for what is now the Community Counseling Clinic. The CHR continues to offer support to the Graduate Counseling program through scholarships and the hiring of Graduate Fellows.
In addition to serving the JBU campus, the CHR continues to provide events, workshops, programs, and resources for community members, churches, and church leadership in Northwest Arkansas, nationally, and globally. The CHR develops emotional and relational assessment tools for churches and colleges. The CHR’s success was recognized in 2006 when the Federal Office of Family Assistance awarded JBU a “healthy marriage demonstration grant”. This grant provided several million dollars in funding over 5 years, which enabled the CHR to expand services to the broader community. In 2011, a second round of funding was awarded.
In September 2022, Rosemary Flaaten began as the Executive Director. Her vision is to lead the CHR in substantial growth by building on the foundation and reputation of the Center and meeting the increasing need for current and innovative relational resources. Presently, the CHR is conducting a large-scale research project to identify the contemporary needs for marriages in NWA. The data gathered will inform the strategies to scale the work of the CHR. The Chair will play a critical role in the development and implementation of these strategies.
The Endowed Chair Role
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chair is responsible for:
- Build networks among ministerial leaders, the therapeutic community, businesses, non-profit organizations, and the NWA community at large.
- In collaboration with the Executive Director, develop and implement a strategic plan for servicing these networks with resources for resilient, healthy relationships
- Serve as a content expert, by incorporating psychological and theological-based approaches into resources for healthy relationships and marriage.
- Review, select, organize, and curate relational materials for the network to access.
- Analyze research to ensure resources developed by CHR are current and data-informed.
- Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses in Counseling, Psychology, and Family and Human Services (12 credits per year)
- Deliver resources through professional development seminars, workshops, and training.
- Demonstrated ability to develop strong relationships and build networks in a community and engage collaboratively with a diversity of viewpoints and/or populations.
- Demonstrated competency in designing, implementing, and disseminating original content on relational topics and marriage.
- Masters level degree in Counseling, Psychology, Christian ministry leadership, or another relevant field.
- Demonstrated proficiency in teaching at the graduate or undergraduate level in one of the potential disciplines.
- A committed follower of Jesus Christ.
- A terminal degree in Counseling, Psychology, Christian ministry leadership, or another relevant field.
- Professional Licensure in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, or Social Work with competency in a variety of therapeutic approaches.
- Success in securing internal or external grant funding.
- Demonstrated experience in either a business setting or a pastoral position.
- Demonstrated record of scholarly and/or trade publications.
- Demonstrated ability as an effective and engaging communicator.
A competitive salary exists which will be commensurate with training and/or experience. In addition, JBU offers a comprehensive benefits package including 403(b) retirement plan, medical and dental insurance, tuition remission, leave related to the birth of a child, adoption leave, and moving expenses.
Position begins the summer of 2024. The CHR will work with the successful candidate on a mutually agreeable starting date. Applications are being accepted, and the screening process is anticipated to start on November 27, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.
JBU desires to increase the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students to honor how all humans are created in the image of God, to reflect better the diversity of the Kingdom of God, to further our Christian commitment to justice, and to increase the quality of our educational experience. JBU is pursuing the goal of teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from ethnic minorities and women. For more information, visit our diversity webpage.
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Physical demands and work environment:
- Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; stand; sit; use hands; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.
Please upload the following documents to the "Upload Your Documents" page:
- Letter of Interest
- Your resume or CV
- Faculty application (completed and signed)
- Statement of Christian Commitment -regarding your relationship with Jesus Christ and your Christian Commitment (integration of faith and learning) related to your teaching, scholarship and/or service.
The employee is expected to adhere to all University policies.
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