DR. HAROLD E. ARNOLD
"Judson is a totally unique college. At what other place can you find classes that are like advanced graduate classes, where everyone puts their desks in a circle and discusses issues? At what other college can you get to know your students on a deep level and even share your faith in Christ with them?" - Harold Arnold
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
General Psychology; Theories of Personality; History of Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Counseling Theories; Physiological Psychology; large portions of major classes
Originally from Lake City, Fla., Dr. Harold Arnold lived for several years in Mississippi before moving to Marion, Ala. in 2005. An ordained Southern Baptist pastor, Dr. Arnold has served in bi-vocational church ministries since 1980 and is currently pastor of Pisgah Baptist Church in the Cahaba Baptist Association, Alabama Baptist Convention. He has served through the International Mission Board as a BSU sponsored Summer Missionary to Bangladesh and as a two-year Journeyman Missionary to the Republic of Panama.
Dr. Arnold began his education as a Music major but soon decided to double major in Sociology. Having no idea what he would do with those degrees, he planned to go to seminary but ended up working a variety of places, something that eventually exposed him to psychology and counseling. He soon realized he had found a love for social work and community counseling.
Since coming to Judson in 2005, Dr. Arnold's presence in the Psychology department has been influential in expanding learning opportunities within the psychology program. The program has now been divided into five concentration areas where students can pick individual courses tailored toward their career interest. With the addition of more service learning / hands-on opportunities within the community for students, enrollment has steadily continued to rise in the Psychology program.
Married to Paula Arnold, the Information Technology Assistant at Judson College, Dr. Arnold has one daughter, Jennifer, and two grandchildren. He and his wife also have three Pekingese dogs - Skippy, Rusti, and Mante - that travel everywhere with them.
When he's not teaching class or working within the community, Dr. Arnold enjoys playing music and even has a music studio at his home, where he likes to gather students together during the summer and record some tunes. One thing people probably wouldn't know about Dr. Arnold, is that he once played guitar, keyboard and was a backup vocalist for a "semi-pro band." The band toured and played contemporary Christian music. Dr. Arnold's music can even be heard on one of the bands' CDs.
Dr. Arnold's other hobbies include photography, traveling, playing tennis, building computers, and collecting old soda bottles and Marvin the Martian memorabilia. He likes Marvin the Martian because Marvin "never wins but he never quits either."
"I always try to be open about my interests with my students. Judson lets me use all of my talents in one place, whether it's playing tennis with the Judson tennis team, talking computers or playing my music."
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Assistant Professor, 1998-2005 - Chairman, Department of Psychology - Blue Mountain College, Miss.
Adjunct Professor, 1994-2001 - University of Mississippi (Tupelo Campus) - School of Education / Department of Educational Psychology
Community Mental Health Counselor, 1995-1998 - Region III Mental Health Center - Tupelo, Miss.
Geriatric Social Services Worker, 1988-1991 - Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services - Columbia County, Fla.
Youth Services Counselor, 1985-1988 - State of Florida, Department of Children, Youth and Family - Columbia County, Fla.
Elementary School Music Teacher, 1983-1984 - Columbia County School District, Fort White Elementary School - Fort White, Fla.
Youth Worker, 1981-1983 - Balboa, Canal Zone, Republic of Panama - Department of Defense, Southern Command
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION
Licensed School Psychologist - Mississippi Department of Education
Member: American Association of Christian Counselors, American Counselors Association, Alabama Counseling Association, Alabama School Counseling Association, Association of Departmental Chairs of Psychology, National Association of School Psychologists, William Glasser Institute.
SELECTED RESEARCH AND SERVICE LEARNING
Research Currently in Progress:
* The Moral Ethic: "Do Not Snitch."
* Mental Health Screening - Perry County (currently in process)