Glynis Bradfield

Glynis Bradfield

Glynis Bradfield

Title: Director, Adult & Online Student Services
Assc Professor of Curriculum; Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator

Office Location: Griggs Hall B
Phone: (269) 471-3432
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PhD Curriculum Studies, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2011

MA Education, Andrews University, USA, 1998

Higher Education Diploma (MAT Equivalent), UNISA, South Africa, 1987

Bachelor of Science, Psychology & Information Systems majors, Mathematics minor, UNISE, South Africa, 1985

Diploma in Science, Helderberg College, South Africa, 1984


Glynis Bradfield directs student services for non-traditional students studying online through Andrews University. This includes coordinating academic advising and marketing for all undergraduate distance degrees, credit for prior learning across all schools, and precollege services. Through her leadership of, the curriculum and instruction resource center linking Adventist educators and the new blog at, she encourages documenting and sharing best practices and faith integration tools. While raising three children, she led and developed resources for Adventurers, Pathfinders, and Children’s Sabbath Schools, and ran children's ministry training.  While teaching Mathematics revision courses, she experimented with faith integration, and refined faith integration tools while teaching Secondary Teaching Methods as Associate Professor of Curriculum.

Glynis started her career as a missionary educator, serving for 14 years in South Africa, Zambia, and D.R. Congo, where she taught primary and secondary students, developed a literacy center, envisioned and completed printing of several books and K-12 Bible curricula in then-Zaire. Her interests in comparative education and meaningful assessment of Christian spiritual growth in Adventist education prompted her doctoral research, 2008-2011, developing and validating the Growing Disciple Inventory, since refined, translated, and expanded to paper and online versions for children, youth, and adults. Current research includes the impact of proactive academic advising on persistence and achievement of non-traditional and at-risk students, and the impact of advanced placement credits on student achievement and persistence through university years.

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

Consulting in child and youth Sabbath School curriculum development.

Advising orientation, faith integration, and preparing for college online course development.