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Launching this Fall: Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation and Leadership

The Southern Association for Colleges and Schools has officially approved Richmont’s newest degree program and first offering at the doctoral level.  The Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation and Leadership is a 3-year program launching its first cohort this fall.

“Richmont’s Doctor of Ministry program is deeply unique in its combination of practical leadership skills, robust theological application, and in-depth spiritual formation that is integrated throughout the whole curriculum,” comments Dr. Sam Youngs, one of several principal authors of the program. “Church and para-church leaders across many contexts will be empowered to strengthen the impact of their ministries while also growing closer to Christ.”  Dr. Preston Hill highlights the direct connection between the new doctoral degree and institutional mission: “The launch of the new Doctor of Ministry degree signals a monumental step for advancing Richmont’s mission to provide healing, restoration, and transformation in the world today. This level change is a milestone for our University that will pay dividends of positive social change for years to come. I could not be more thrilled for this opportunity!”

For more information and to apply, please visit:  http://academics.richmont.edu

Cochran and Hill Appointed Co-Chairs of Integration

Richmont Graduate University has appointed Dr. Cara Cochran and Dr. Preston Hill as Co-Chairs of Integration through June of 2022. In this role, they will be leading a process of reviewing integration curriculum and developing resources that highlight the vital intersection of psychology and theology that is at the heart of Richmont’s mission. “I am deeply humbled, overjoyed, and energized to collaborate with Dr. Cochran and all our incredible faculty, staff, and students for advancing Richmont’s legacy of excellence in integrating Christian faith with clinical mental health counseling,” Dr. Hill states. “I truly believe there has never been a more exciting time to reimagine what difference our Christian heritage makes for the theory and practice of mental health and how this can empower a new generation of clinicians today.”

Similarly, Dr. Cochran is focused on the value of collaboration. “I am excited to collaborate with Dr. Hill and the Richmont community, to expand and highlight Richmont’s commitment to the integration of Christian faith with clinical mental health counseling. The heart of both the Christian faith and of mental health counseling includes healing, restoration, and transformation, just as Richmont’s mission states. The integration of faith and practice has always been foundational to Richmont’s identity, and I look forward to more intentional conversations and creative opportunities to equip our students to allow their faith to inform their practice. I am thankful for administration, faculty, and a university community that is committed to excellence in the teaching and practice of integration.”

Dr. Mary Plisco Promoted to Full Professor of Counseling

On Monday, February 14, Dr. Mary Plisco was officially promoted to the rank of Full Professor of Counseling.

“Dr. Plisco’s reputation as a stellar classroom instructor is second to none,” remarks Acting Provost Joshua Rice. “What some may not be aware of, however, is her consistent record of professional presentations which so impressed the Faculty Governance Committee and Administrative Council.” President Quinnan adds, “Dr. Plisco ranks among the finest scholars at the University. Her promotion, unanimously approved, demonstrates the high esteem she is held in by her peers.”

Please join the Administrative Council in congratulating Dr. Plisco on this achievement.

Richmont Hosts CAPS Annual Conference

The Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) has included an on-site portion of its annual conference to be held at regional sites across the country, and Richmont in Chattanooga has been selected.  CAPS is the premier organization for Christian mental health professionals, educators and students to gather and grow.  This event is in person on Saturday,  March 19, 2022, from 11:00am – 4:45pm.  Registration is as little as $20 with lunch provided.

Click Here to Register 

Dr. Jack Underwood Featured on “Mental Healthy” Podcast

Dr. Jack Underwood has recently been featured on the “Mental Healthy” podcast, focusing on his research specialty of “Self Love.”  Moving beyond self-care, Underwood delvers deeper into this important topic.  The episode is available at the link below, and also on Google Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Audible.

Listen to the Podcast

Dr. Preston Hill Featured on Pilgrim Radio

Dr. Preston Hill was recently interviewed on Pilgrim Radio in response to his January article published by Christianity Today: “Have Christians Forgotten How to Fight with God?” The interview focuses on the biblical themes of theodicy and lament.

“Writing this piece for Christianity Today was simply an immense joy,” Dr. Hill comments. “Since my research has focused on the importance of Christ’s trauma for the suffering of the world today, it was a special privilege to articulate in this piece Richmont’s distinctive approach to theodicy, trauma, and Christian integration and how this can empower Christians today to be more honest in their relationship with God about the pain of the world.”

With 9 FM stations across 4 states, Pilgrim Radio reaches a broad array of listeners. You can experience the interview here.

Richmont Achieves Record Enrollment

Richmont Graduate University has broken its previous 2021 record to achieve unprecedented total enrollment. “I’m proud to announce that the University reached a new record enrollment this spring of three hundred and twenty-nine students,” comments President Timothy Quinnan. “This achievement reflects the strength and draw of excellent academic programs, our strategic investment in online learning modalities, and the unwavering commitment of staff and faculty to seeing Richmont flourish at a time when many other institutions are struggling.”

Acting Provost Josh Rice adds, “It is most encouraging to see growth across the breadth of our programs and modalities. This trend is a harbinger of what is to come as we have several new programs rolling out this year and our online modality of the CMHC degree is drawing increasing interest across the nation.”

Richmont Announces Temporary Shift to Virtual Learning

As we begin our spring semester, out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our campus community, administration has determined that until January 20th in-person classes will be taught virtually, according to the regular campus schedule, via zoom.   Classes are scheduled to resume meeting in person on January 21st.  All other university services will be open, including libraries and counseling centers.

Dr. Preston Hill Published in Christianity Today

Dr. Preston Hill has been recently published in one of the premier publications in Christian journalism.  His piece, “Have Christians Forgotten How to Fight with God?” explores the biblical theme of lament within our present social context. “Writing this piece for Christianity Today was simply an immense joy,” Dr. Hill comments. “Since my research has focused on the importance of Christ’s trauma for the suffering of the world today, it was a special privilege to articulate in this piece Richmont’s distinctive approach to theodicy, trauma, and Christian integration and how this can empower Christians today to be more honest in their relationship with God about the pain of the world.” The article can be found here:
https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/december-web-only/problem-of-evil-christianity-faith-wrestling-with-god.html

Richmont Welcomes New Assistant Professor: Dr. Kathleen Bazile

Richmont Graduate University welcomes Dr. Kathleen Bazile onto the full-time faculty this spring. Dr. Bazile comes to us from the University of Texas at El Paso, where she taught Ethics and Techniques of Counseling in addition to serving on committees and operating a private practice. Dr. Bazile completed her MA in Mental Health Counseling at Rollins College, and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Mercer University, with a focus on social media and body image among women. “I feel very blessed to become part of the Richmont family,” she remarks. “I’m excited to get to know everyone and be an instrument to our students’ success!” Dr. Bazile will be working from the Atlanta campus. Her email address is kbazile@richmont.edu.