Glynis Bradfield

Title: Director of Distance Student Services
Associate Professor of Curriculum

Office Location: Griggs Hall 120
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2011 PhD in Curriculum Studies, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

1998 MA in Curriculum & Instruction, Andrews University, USA

1987 Higher Education Diploma in Mathematics and Religious Education, University of South Africa

1985 Bachelor of Science, University of South Africa

1984 Diploma in Science, Helderberg College, South Africa


Since 2011, Glynis Bradfield has led the creation and coordination of student services for high school and university students choosing to study online through Andrews University.  Assisted by staff and student workers, this department consults in policy and procedure development, develops communication using a variety of technologies, and facilitates student interaction with campus services. Her responsibilities also include academic advising for all undergraduate distance degree students, coordinating credit for prior learning across all schools and levels, directing assessment of distance education, and building services to students taking Andrews University courses during high school years. Since 1998, Glynis has directed the development and operation of, as the curriculum and instruction resource center linking Adventist (and other) educators transnationally, funded by the North American Division and General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. While raising three chlidren, she invested in leading Adventurer, Pathfinder and Sabbath School Ministries and coordinated NAD regional children's ministry training.  As adjunct faculty, she has taught for the Mathematics and Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum departments over the past 10 years.  During the years 1985-1998, she served as a missionary educator in South Africa, Zambia, and Zaire, teaching Kindergarten through college level, developed a literacy center and managed translation, fund-raising for and production of several books and Bible curricula. Her interests in meaningful assessment of Christian spiritual education in Adventist education prompted her doctoral studies, developing and validating the Growing Disciple Inventory, since refined and expanded to additional versions for children, youth, and adults, available online through 



Current Research or Professional Activities:

Exploratory research on the impact of advanced placement credits on FTIAC (first time in any college) student achievement and persistence.

Exploratory research on the impact of appreciative and pro-active advising strategies on post-traditional and at-risk student achievement and persistence.

Educational design research through continued development and validation of versions of the Growing Disciples Inventory of Christian spiritual development.

Action research on best practices in undergraduate distance degree student services

Information management and ongoing development of Adventist educational resource sharing through leadership of