Chad Pulver

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Purdue University, 2004.
  • MS.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling, Purdue University, 1999.
  • B.S. Cum Laude, B.A. Cum Laude, Saint Joseph's College, 1997.

Chad A. Pulver is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, IN. Saint Joseph's College, founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, pledges itself to a tradition of excellence and to a liberal education that is a united endeavor of intelligence and faith.

Dr. Pulver, an alumnus of Saint Joseph's College, served eight months as the Associate Vice President before accepting his current position. Prior to his roles in academic administration he was an Associate Professor of Psychology. He held multiple leadership positions during his time in the faculty including department chair, Core program director, and Faculty Assembly President. The move into academic affairs provided Pulver the opportunity to strengthen departmental assessments, create student retention protocols, calculate an academic return on investment report, and establish incoming student bridge programs.

Dr. Pulver received his Doctorate from Purdue University in Counseling Psychology in 2004, a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Purdue in 1999, and a Bachelor's of Science and Bachelors of Arts from Saint Joseph's College in 1997. He completed his clinical rotation at University of Kansas in the Watkins Health Center's Counseling and Psychological Services clinic in 2003 and then completed two years of post-doctoral training in private practice (2004-2006) with James A. Kenny, PhD. Currently, Pulver is an Indiana licensed Health Service Provider in Psychology and has worked in his own private practice, Pulver Psychological Services, PC, since 2006. The practical setting has enhanced his classroom instruction and served as a laboratory for research and data collection.

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    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

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    Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

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    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

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    Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students

    Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

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    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.

     

  • Images of Students

    Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.