Executive Dean, College of Education
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Post-secondary Education, Leadership & Management, Online Learning, Academic Digital Platforms, Revolutionizing Education
Since 2011, Dr. Andrew Shean has served as the executive dean of the College of Education for Ashford University, an on-campus and online university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs serving approximately 90,000 students. He is committed to changing the face of higher education with progressive digital platforms that create an inspiring learning community and create a vibrant, dynamic student experience. Before being promoted to the position of executive dean, Dr. Shean was an associate professor in Ashford’s College of Education and the council chair for Ashford’s Education Leadership and Technology program.
Prior to joining Ashford, Dr. Shean was an administrator in the Poway Unified School District, leading the district’s initiative to develop an online education program. He has also held faculty positions with Alliant International University, Chapman University and Palomar Community College.
Whitepapers & Research
“Technology Changes Everything.” Google Hangouts live streaming to Ashford University. 2012.
“Persistence in Online Higher Education.” Keynote: Pearson CITE. 2012.
“Innovation in Higher Education.” Keynote Panel: Bridgepoint Education Best in Class Conference, San Diego, CA. 2012.
“WASC What is Next in Higher Education”, “Credit Hour” and “Peer-Peer Faculty Mentoring.” Ashford University. 2012.
“Peer-Peer Faculty Mentoring and Evaluation.” Pearson CITE. 2012.
“Peer-Peer Faculty Evaluation.” ITC eLearning Conference. 2012.
“Peer-Peer Evaluation, Mentoring Panel, and Critical Thinking Guide to Discussion Forums.” Poster session presented at the WCET Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX. October 2012.
“Critical Thinking Guide to Discussion Forums.” Poster session presented at the Quality Matters Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. October 2012.
“Online Learning, Online Professional Development, and Open Source Resources.” Academy of Technology using Administrators. 2011.
“Social Learning and the Social Web.” Presented at the No Excuse University Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. 2011.
“Faculty Peer-Peer Mentoring.” Presented at the Sloan-C Annual Conference. Lake Buena Vista, FL. 2011.
“Online Professional Development.” Presented at Sloan C Annual Conference. Lake Buena Vista, FL. 2011.
“Peer to Peer Faculty Mentoring with Technology” Presented at the Sloan-C Institute in Arizona. 2008.
“Perceived Stress Levels of Special Education Teachers in Relation to Due Process Hearings.” Successfully defended dissertation and published in May of 2006.
“Critical Thinking Project.” In association with Dr. Joel Levine & Dr. Suzanne Borman. Presented continuously at Alliant International University. December 2006 - January 2007.
“Podcasting Initiative.” Dr. Louise Kelly. Alliant International University. December 2006 – January 2007.
“Total Recall: the Hawk Project.” Richard Gardner. Alliant International University. December 2006 – January 2007.
Books & Articles Published
“PLATO Pathways” in the Envoy: Volume 15, number 7 – April 2004
“What is PLATO Pathways” in the Academic Success Center’s Newsletter: Volume 2, Issue 2 – Spring 2004
“New GSOE Consulting Program Makes Its Debut” in the Academic Success Center’s Newsletter: Volume 3, Issue 1 – Winter 2005
“Andrew Shean Lends Expertise to the Teaching and Learning Institute” in the Academic Success Newsletter: Volume 3, Issue 2 – Spring 2006
Awards, Associations & Memberships
Poway Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2008
Classroom of the Future Award “Innovation” for Mission to Graduate
Rotary Teacher of the Month (March 2006, December 2008)
Golden Key Honor Society
AVP Volleyball Player (Professional Tour) 2001-current
San Diego Business Journal: January 9, 2012. Interviewed for article on Higher Education and Career Training
Dr. Shean earned his Doctor of Educational Leadership and Management degree from Alliant International University. He holds an MA in Education and a BA in Sociology from the University of Northern Colorado.
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