James O Fuller

Professor of Graduate Counseling

James O Fuller headshot

MDiv; PhD




Graduate Counseling



James Fuller (Jim), Ph.D., graduated from Asbury College, Asbury Theological Seminary, and UNC Greensboro (UNCG). He lived for one year in Honduras on a farm-school for boys and for 12 years in Korea working at Seoul Foreign School. He taught at UNCG from 1992 to 1996 when he moved to IWU to teach counseling. In 2001 he was appointed Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and in 2009 Dean of the Graduate School. In January of 2014 he moved back into a full time teaching position in the Division of Graduate Counseling. He is married to Mary Pat and has a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren. Jim is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Indiana, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC). He is the Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counselor program at IWU.


Jim's dissertation research was in the area of cross-cultural adjustment. The title of his dissertation was, "Predictors of Re-entry Shock in American Adolescents who have Lived Overseas." He continues to be interested in cultural adjustment issues, but has broadened that topic to include issues of life calling. In addition, he has been involved in the exploration of self-awareness as it pertains to the development of leaders, ministers, and missionaries, and he is collaborating with other faculty on a study of Life Calling across the lifespan.


  • BA
    1971, Asbury College
  • MDiv
    1977, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • PhD
    1994, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953