Dr. Aaron Givan teaches online and brings an extensive education background to the task.
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).
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.
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.
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!"
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.
of Counseling (MC): Career Development, 1989, Arizona State University,
Tempe, AZ: Research Thesis--Relation of Vertical/Lateral Eye Movements
to Work/Vocational Interest Preferences.
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.
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
Areas of consulting include: Personal, vocational, and professional development; educational services; organizational development; bricolage work, & cosmology-futuristics.
KAPPA DELTA PI--International Honor Society, In Education: Professional MEMBER AT LARGE--2007ff
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
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]
(Full Time): American Association of Univ. Professors (AAUP). 1012
Fourteenth St, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005. (202) 737-5900. www.
"Teachers College Record" www.tcrecord.org
Topics of Continuing Interest in Research and Education [1980-Present]:
Personal life assessment and planning, wholistic health, crisis intervention, aging, ethics.
development, work environments, small business management, networking,
stress management, artistic foundations of education.
support groups for life/health problems, conflict management, community
development, cross cultural values, diversity/minorities in the work
Communication, counseling, teaching, lateral brain traits, creativity, wellness development