JBU Appoints New Dean of Undergraduate Studies

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Siloam Springs, Ark (September 19, 2002) - The John Brown University office of academic affairs is pleased to announce that Dr. Rick Ostrander has been appointed dean of undergraduate studies.

As dean of undergraduate studies, Dr. Ostrander will provide leadership for the development and enhancement of undergraduate education at JBU. He will provide direction for Core Curriculum, the Foundations of Christian Scholarship class, advisement/retention, learning assistance, international studies, the registrar’s office, and general administration of the undergraduate studies programs.

"Dr. Ostrander has outstanding scholarly credentials, keen insights on the nature of Christian higher education, and great ability to articulate that vision,” said Dr. Ed Ericson, vice president for academic affairs. “We look forward to his leadership of our undergraduate curriculum and programs."

Dr. Ostrander earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Notre Dame after earning bachelor’s degrees in history and theology from the University of Michigan and Moody Bible Institute respectively.

Prior to his appointment as dean of undergraduate studies at JBU, Dr. Ostrander served as chair of the division of social and behavioral studies, associate professor of history, and chair of the faculty development committee at JBU. Before joining the faculty at JBU in 1997, he taught history at Grand Canyon University, Taylor University- Fort Wayne and taught writing composition at the University of Notre Dame.

In 2000, Oxford University Press published Dr. Ostrander’s first book, The Life of Prayer in a World of Science: Protestants, Prayer, and American Culture, 1870-1930. In addition to publishing numerous articles, Dr. Ostrander is a contributing member of the History of American Christian Practice project, a three-year scholarly initiative funded by the Lilly Endowment. Dr. Ostrander and his wife, Lonnie, live in Siloam Springs with their four children.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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