Stewart-Wells Named Provost | Judson University Christian College
Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells is Elevated to Judson’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer 

Gillian Stewart-Wells(ELGIN, IL – January 25, 2019) Judson University promoted Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells, Ph.D. to Provost and Chief Academic Officer in October 2018. 

As Provost, Dr. Stewart-Wells is responsible for all academic program offerings at the university. Additionally, she leads Judson’s Strategic Planning effort as it concludes a five-year plan in the spring of 2019 and initiates a new Strategic Planning process in the fall of 2019. 

Since arriving at Judson in 2008, Dr. Stewart-Wells has been a Professor in Judson’s undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs; and she co-directed Judson’s first doctoral program for eight years. In her tenure at Judson, she served as Faculty Moderator, Chairs of both Strategic Planning and Graduate Academic Policies Committee, and as a member of President’s Advisory Council, Academic Cabinet, Campus Diversity Initiative, University Assessment, and the Institutional Review Board. In addition, she coordinated efforts to earn Higher Learning Commission approval for the Doctor of Education in Literacy program in 2013.

Born and raised in Chicago and the northwest suburbs, Dr. Stewart-Wells earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University of Chicago, a Master’s of Education degree in Education Administration/Multicultural Approaches from the University of Hawaii, and a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration/Social Justice from Claremont Graduate University/San Diego State University. She completed post-doctoral work at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and engaged in research design as a researcher/analyst with the University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research.

Prior to coming to Judson University, Dr. Stewart-Wells held teaching and administrative positions in Secondary and Post-secondary Education, including Vice President of Curriculum and Instruction, Dean of Students, Department Chair, and Program Director. From private Council of Christian Colleges and Universities Institutions such as Gordon College (Wenham, Mass.) to larger public institutions like the University of Hawaii, Dr. Stewart-Wells has gained university experience in five states: Illinois, Hawaii, California, New York, and Massachusetts. Her scholarship agenda has focused largely on social justice education and leadership in higher education.


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