911 E. Urbandale Drive, Moberly, MO 65270 | 660-263-3900
Christensen, RockyExecutive Director of Admissions / Men's Residence Director / Honors Program Director

ABOUT ROCKY CHRISTENSEN

Phone : (660) 372-2488
E-Mail: rockychristensen

What I do: I am responsible for the oversight of the Admissions and Financial Aid Departments.  I am one of the people who reviews files for final admittance. 🙂

Hometown: Hatfield, AR

Fun fact about myself: I proposed to my wife when I took her sky diving for the first time.

My favorite movies/TV: Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Trek, and Guardians of the Galaxy

My favorite books: The Bible, Everlasting Man, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, The Power of Habit, Freakonomics, Eye of the World, Words of Radiance, and to the Far Blue Mountains

My hobbies: Mountain biking, scuba diving, kayaking, hiking, camping, playing bass guitar, reading, and doing anything with my family.

My favorite thing to do around Moberly: I love the mountain bike trails and hiking, but also love the events and athletic games on campus.

Favorite thing about CCCB: I love seeing students from diverse backgrounds and parts of the country all gathering to follow their passion for following God’s leading in their life whether that is to be a preacher or work in the business world as a servant leader for the church.

Advice for incoming students: Get ready to dive in head first, because this will be one of the most memorable moments of your life and there will be so many great people to meet to meet and experiences to enjoy. As you dive in take time on your first day to connect with five people at a more substantail level than knowing their name and sign up for two opportunities or organizations so that you can begin to really immerse yourself in the community. The firendships and experiences you have during this time and your years at Central will be some of your best ones and we can’t wait to be a part of your time here. I hope you come ready to dive in!

Educational Experience

Doctorate of Philosophy, Education Leadership & Policy Analysis, Minor: College Teaching, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, August 2013-Present

Masters of Public Affairs, Truman School, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, August 2015-Present

Master of Arts, Christian Apologetics, School of Arts and Sciences, BIOLA University, La Mirada, CA, May 2010, Graduated with High Honors

Graduate Certificate, Educational Policy, Education Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, August 2016-Present

Graduate Certificate, Higher and Continuing Education Administration, Education Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, May 2013

Graduate Certificate, Clinical Bioethics, School of Biomedical Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, December 2009

Bachelor of Theology, New Testament Studies, Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO, May 2007

Bachelor of Biblical Studies, Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO, May 2007

 

Peer Reviewed Research

Christensen, R. P. (2017) College and social class diversity. Paper session chair conducted at the meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Houston, TX.

Christensen, R. P. (2017)Teaching across diverse learning environments: Pitfalls and opportunities. Paper session chair conducted at the meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Houston, TX.

Christensen, R. P., Lane-Bonds, D., Pinto, R., Gardner, M. A. (2017) Student with disabilities: Universities growing inability to meet Deaf Students needs through a non-deviance approach to Deaf Student identity.  Workshop conducted at the meeting of the Association for Christian in Student Development, Siloam Springs, AR.

Lane-Bonds, D., Christensen, R. P. (2017) Improving campus space: A geographic comparative study of campus safety at a private university and a public university.  Workshop conducted at the meeting of the Association for Christian in Student Development, Siloam Springs, AR.

Lane-Bonds, D. & Christensen, R. P. (2016) Campus safety as a public good. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Columbus, OH.

Christensen, R.P. (2016) Funds of knowledge: Community and family educators. Paper session chair conducted at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Christensen, R.P. (2016) Managing crisis and violence. Roundtable session chair conducted at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Christensen, R. P. (2016) Enrollment management workflow: budget maximization. Workshop conducted at the meeting of the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals, Upland, IN.

Harper, C. E., Christensen, R. P., Lane-Bonds, D., Whitney, S., Zhou, E. (2016) Does safety make a difference in students’ college retention? Poster presented at the University of Missouri College of Education Research Day, Columbia, MO.

Christensen, R. P. & Lane-Bonds, D. (2015) The Clery Act and its impact on campus violence statistics. Roundtable conducted at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, D.C.  

 

Invited Presenations

Christensen, R.P. (2017) American Educational Research Association Sendoff: Equipping graduate students with the knowledge and skills to get the most out of conference attendance. Panel speaker for College of Education, Columbia, MO.

Christensen, R.P. (2016) Cranked up view: Six messages exploring student identity. Keynote speaker for Shelby County Christian Assembly, Clarence, MO.

Christensen, R.P. (2016) Interview: Build on the “and” not on the “sand.” Guest speaker for Central Church of Christ, Streator, IL.

Christensen, R.P. (2016) Eats with sinners: You can change the whole world you just have to _____. Guest speaker for Macon Crossroads, Macon, MO.

Christensen, R.P. (2015) The Stages of Christmas. Guest speaker for Mountain Fork Christian Church, Mountain Fork, AR.

Christensen, R.P. (2015) The Stages of Thanksgiving. Guest speaker for Christ Church of Cove, Cove, AR.

Christensen, R.P. (2014) Do something: Five messages challenging teenagers to mobilize to make a difference within their current context. Keynote Speaker for Sweet Valley Youth Gathering, Sweet Valley, PA.

Christensen, R.P. (2013) Own your faith: Three messages designed to challenge teenagers worldview. Keynote Speaker to Harvester Christian Church Youth, Camp Mihaska, St. Louis, MO.

Christensen, R.P. (2013) Commencement address: How to manifest and live out your unique vision. Keynote Address to Harvester Christian Church Youth, St. Charles, MO.

Christensen, R.P. (2013) Strengths assessment: Equipping students to lead. Workshop presenter for Pursue Christian Teen Convention, Harrisburg, PA.

Christensen, R.P. (2010) Reach into darkness: Student leadership as a lived principle. Workshop presenter for Ohio Teens for Christ, Columbus, OH.

Christensen R.P. (2010) It takes a community: Inspiring your peers with a shared vision. Keynote Speaker for Snow Day the Event, Moberly MO.

Christensen, R.P. (2010) Live your story: Challenging youth to take charge of their futures. Workshop presenter for Indiana Christian Youth Convention, Anderson, IN.

Christensen, R.P. (2010) Leaving a legacy: Each individual has a responsibility. Keynote Address to Rendezvous Men’s Clinic, Honobia, OK.

Christensen, R.P. (2009) Pain and Suffering: An Epistemological and Metaphysical assessment. Keynote Address to Rendezvous Youth Camp, Honobia, OK.

Christensen, R.P. (2008) Courageous Living: Defining who we are and what holds us back. Keynote Address to Rendezvous Youth Camp, Honobia, OK.

Christensen, R.P. (2006) Gender empowerment: Male perception and how to be more than just an image. Workshop presenter for Mothers and Daughters Convention, Mena, AR.

 

Scholarships and Awards

Herbert W Schooling Scholarship (Fall 2017-Spring 2018) University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

MJ McCormick Graduate Fellowship (Fall 2014- Fall 2017) University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

MU Graduate Leadership Development Program Graduate (2015) University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Future Higher Education Scholar Fellowship (Fall 2014 – Spring 2015) University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

High Honors Graduate (2009) BIOLA University, La Mirada, CA

Ken Idleman Preaching Scholarship (2002) Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO

 

Volunteer Administration Experience 

President of the Educational Leadership Graduate Student Association Executive Board (July 2016-Present) Education Leadership Policy Analysis Department, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Responsible for leading the Executive Board in their efforts to serve the student population within the department. Responsible for casting the vision of the organization, planning, and budgetary proposal. Throughout my time in this position, I have lead six Executive Board meetings, four general assembly meetings, proposed a budget to the faculty at their monthly meeting which was approved, and led the team through strategic planning which will launch the first of the year. I have set and monitored goals with the Executive Board members, Graduate Student Association and Graduate Research Association representatives. I have also maintained communication and worked with our faculty advisors to ensure appropriate handling of the Executive Boards roles. I am also working on a revision to the constitution that will make some necessary changes to serve better the organization and the students we represent.  

Executive Committee Participant (October 2013-Present) Pursue Christian Teen Convention, Harrisburg, PA.

Served as a participant in the Executive meetings to help shape the overall mission and theme and provide input on budget expenditures and future changes to the event. Responsible for working with the Executive Committee to carry their vision into the role of the stage host. Served as a connecting point with the music team and the main speaker to ensure smooth transitions and communication of theme and vision established by the Executive Committee. Responsible for budget oversight for stage elements that were needed.

Committee Youth Chair (September 2012-May 2014) Missouri Christian Convention, Osage Beach, MO.

Responsible for overseeing all vision, planning, and budget necessary for the Missouri Christian Teen Convention. Responsible for determining the band, main speaker, and workshop leaders as well as all accommodation negotiation for the venue. Served on a design team which meets five times a year to accomplish other large scale event vision casting and budget needs.

Design Committee Member (April 2010-Present) Pursue Christian Teen Convention, Harrisburg, PA.

Responsible for assessing the previous event to determine what elements should be changed or added to have a better connection to the students who were at the event. Served as a voice to provide ideas and opinions to help shape the vision for the upcoming events and sustainability for the convention in years to come. All elements of the event are broken down once a year over two days to allow enough time to look at every aspect including past years budgets and the upcoming budgets.

 

Professional Associations

Association of Higher Education (October 2014-Present)

ASHE states that they are a scholarly society dedicated to higher education as a field of study. It has a journal and hosts an annual conference targeted at expanding the scholarly knowledge within the field of Higher Education. Members are connected with an organization that can review and select their proposals for publication or conference presentation.

American Education Research Association (July 2014-Present)

AERA states that it is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. It has a journal and hosts an annual conference targeted at expanding the scholarly knowledge within the field of Higher Education. Members are connected with an organization that can review and select their proposals for publication or conference presentation.

North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (August 2012-Present)

NACAC is an organization brings awareness to students about private, faith based, higher education institutions, through college fairs that take place nationwide. My participation in this organization has been at the college fair participation level and this year at the professional development that is offered to participants. I was responsible for pursuing membership with the organization and then determining strategic events to be involved with to raise awareness about the college.

Missouri Association for College Admissions Counseling (August 2011-Present)

MOACAC is an organization helps to keep admissions professionals up to date on current practices, contributes to strengthening peer networks, and organizes fairs for prospective students. My participation in this organization has been at a representative level to strategically build the recruiting calendar with fairs that meet the recruiting criteria desired for participation.

Ethics Committee Member (June 2010-April 2013) Mercy Hospital, Joplin, MO

As a member of the committee, I was involved in the following three key areas: case consultation, policy revisions/review, and ethics education dissemination for the hospital at large. The committee was composed of individuals from key areas of the hospital such as emergency, palliative care, pediatrics, and legal staff. The VP of Mission oversaw the committee.

 

Ministry Experience

Convention and Church Speaking (2010-Present) Various Churches and Locations

Senior Minister Duenweg Christian Church (2008-2009) Duenweg Christian Church, Joplin, MO

Preaching Intern (2006) Harvester Christian Church, St. Charles, MO

 

Articles

To see a list of Mr. Christensen’s articles on cccb.edu, visit his Author Profile here.