Who am I?

Aaron Givan, Ph.D.

Dr. Aaron Givan teaches online and brings an extensive education background to the task.

Givan has three doctoral degrees in three different fields. In 1978 he was awarded a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree with a specialization in Community/Organizational Development by the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in 1984 at Golden State University in Counseling/Psychology/Mind Science. In 1997 Givan was awarded a second PhD, this one in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation in Education, from the Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Givan’s three dissertations reveal the breadth of his learning: Community Trust Building: Problems and Prospects among the Blackfeet Indians of Browning, Montana, (1977-1978); An Operational Theory of Wellness: A Diverse Dimensional Perspective with an Integrated/Multi-Faceted Model (1984); Learning Styles: The Key to Learning Strategies Management (1997).

Among Givan’s other educational credentials are a BA in Anthropology/Linguistics (1963, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois); a Bachelor of Divinity (DB) in Theology (1966, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts); and a Master of Counseling (MC) in Career Development (1989, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona). His research thesis at ASU further reinforces the point that Givan’s education is both broad and deep: Relation of Vertical/Lateral Eye Movements to Work/Vocational Interest Preferences.

Additional academic explorations by Givan include Advanced Pastoral Care Studies at Texas Christian University’s Brite Divinity School (1972-73) and studies with the Association for Clinical-Pastoral Education (ACPE) at hospitals in Wichita, Kansas and Phoenix, Arizona.

Given this remarkable vita, it comes as no surprise that he remains interested in research, as well as teaching. One area of interest in his teaching and consulting says a great deal about him — bricolage. A portmanteau word, bricolage has specific implications in culture, in education and in information systems, as well as in art and biology. In cultural studies bricolage is used to mean the processes by which people acquire objects from across social divisions to create new cultural identities. In art, bricolage is a technique where works are constructed from various materials available or on hand. Perhaps most tellingly, in education the word bricolage designates a way to learn and solve problems by trying, testing, playing around.

Dr. Givan resides in Rolla, North Dakota with his wife, Beth. His motto? "Working together for excellence in teaching!"


Higher Education Professor: Teaching experience in psychology, education, the humanities, ethics, research-development, vocational education, personal and professional development, community/organizational development.



Bachelor of Arts (BA): Anthropology/Linguistics, 1963, Wheaton, College, Wheaton, Illinois.

Master of Counseling (MC): Career Development, 1989, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ: Research Thesis--Relation of Vertical/Lateral Eye Movements to Work/Vocational Interest Preferences.

Certified DISC Trainer/Distributor & Consultant--PERFORMAX/Carlson Learning Co.: comparative study of multiple personality inventories, 1983ff: Lifelong learning assessment and planning; personal and professional development for individuals and groups: 1985-Present.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation in Education with a Specialty in the Foundations of Education, 1997, The Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio: Dissertation--Learning Styles: The Key to Learning Strategies Management.


Bachelor of Divinity (DB), 1966, Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Mass.

Brite Divinity School, TCU, Ft. Worth, Texas: Advanced Pastoral Care Studies. 1972-1973.

Association for Clinical-Pastoral Education (ACPE):
Reflective practice based curriculum: 440 contact hours/quarter--1760 hours /45 hours per sem hour equivalent=39.1 equivalent sem hours.
1. Two nine month extended quarters of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) (1974-1976):
A. Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas: one quarter.
B. VA Hospital, Wichita, Kansas: one quarter.
2. Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, AZ (1978-1979): two full time quarters--advanced standing level.

Doctor of Ministry (DMin), 1978, Community/Organizational Development, San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA. Dissertation/Project: Community Trust Building: Problems and Prospects among the Blackfeet Indians of Browning, Montana, 1977-1978.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), 1984, Counseling/Psychology/Mind Science, Golden State University, San Diego, CA: Dissertation: An Operational Theory of
Wellness: A Diverse Dimensional Perspective with an Integrated/Multi-Faceted Model.

Fellow--College of Chaplains/Association of Professional Chaplains: Certificate Number 1478--1982-2001.


Professional teaching activities have included teaching and/or approval to teach specific classes at the following schools:
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; ERAU School of Corporate Training & Professional Development; Park University; Turtle Mountain Community College; Lake Region Community College, University of North Dakota, Moorhead State University, North Dakota State University, Minot State University, & Northcentral University--Assistant Professor.

Specific teaching topics/areas include:
Ethics, organizational development, psychology, communication, organizational culture, cross-cultural studies, group dynamics, counseling, social research methods, creativity, learning/teaching styles, foundations of education, multicultural education, problem-based teaching and learning, personal assessment and development, professional planning and development, aging, stress management, wellness development, and community development.

Areas of consulting include:
Personal, vocational, and professional development; educational services; organizational
development; bricolage work, & cosmology-futuristics.

Professional Associations:

KAPPA DELTA PI--International Honor Society, In Education: Professional MEMBER AT LARGE--2007ff

Voting Member: American Educational Research Association, 1230 17th St. NW, Washington DC 20036 (202) 223-9485: Professional Interests: Adult Education/Development; Learning Process/Strategies; Art-Based Educational Research.

Member: Organizational Development Network, 71 Valley Street, Suite 301, South Orange, NJ 07079-2825: PH: 973-763-7337, FAX: 973-763-7488; Email: odnetwork@ODNetwork.org; OPNLINE: www.ODNetwork.org. Professional interests: Management Style Analysis and Training; Professional Development; Organizational Ethics.

Member (Comprehensive): Association for Supervision
and Curriculum Development (ASCD). 1703 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311-1714. (800) 933-2723/(703) 578-9600.

Member: Association of American Educators [AARGIV01]

Member (Full Time): American Association of Univ. Professors (AAUP). 1012 Fourteenth St, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005. (202) 737-5900. www. aaup.org.

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Topics of Continuing Interest in Research and Education [1980-Present]:

Personal life assessment and planning, wholistic health, crisis intervention, aging, ethics.

Career/professional development, work environments, small business management, networking, stress management, artistic foundations of education.

Groups, support groups for life/health problems, conflict management, community development, cross cultural values, diversity/minorities in the work place.

Communication, counseling, teaching, lateral brain traits, creativity, wellness development