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Gillian Stewart-Wells

Gillian Stewart-Wells Profile

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Name:Gillian Stewart-Wells
Title:Professor & Chair, Graduate Programs in Literacy Education
Department:School of Education
Year Started:2008
Phone Number:847-628-1103
Office Location:Creekside 123


B.A., Loyola University of Chicago
M. of Education Admin./ Multicultural Education, University of Hawaii-Manoa 
Ph.D of Philosophy in Education, Claremont Graduate University/ San Diego State University
Post-Doctoral, Harvard University


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

Born and raised in Chicago and the northwest suburbs, Dr. Stewart-Wells earned a B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago, an M.Ed in Education Administration/Multicultural Approaches from the University of Hawaii, and a PhD 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 an analyst at the University of Chicago’s Consortium of Chicago School Research. 

Prior to coming to Judson, Dr. Stewart-Wells held teaching and administrative positions in secondary and post-secondary education, including Vice President of Curriculum and Instruction, Dean, Department Chair, and Program Director. From private CCCU institutions such as Gordon College (Wenham, MA) 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 change in higher education.

In addition to relishing her role in the doctoral program at Judson University, Dr. Stewart-Wells enjoys active involvement in her church, reading, writing, fitness, traveling, and spending time with her husband John and three daughters: Layne, Morgan, and Katie.

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