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Cynthia A. Wells, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Faculty Development, Director of the Ernest L. Boyer Center, and Professor of Higher Education

  • B.A. in Religious Studies and Psychology, Occidental College
  • M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Wright State University
  • Ph.D. in Higher Education, Ohio State University
Classes I teach
  • HIED 511: Foundations of Higher Education
  • HIED 514: Equity Issues in Higher Education
  • HIED 525: Curriculum Development in Higher Education
  • HIED 565: Thesis
  • IDCR 151:Created and Called for Community

Dr. Cynthia A. Wells is Professor of Higher Education and Associate Dean of Faculty Development at Messiah University. As part of the Office of Faculty Development, she oversees programming related to the faculty role, including scholarship, teaching and institutional service, as well as the Ernest L. Boyer Center. Her research interests include general education, common learning, and inclusive excellence. She is the sole author of the monograph, Realizing General Education: Reconceptualizing purpose and renewing practice (Jossey-Bass, 2016). Dr. Wells has been a contributing author to several texts, including At This Time and In This Place: Vocation and Higher Education. (Oxford, 2015). Ernest L. Boyer: Hope for Today’s University (SUNY Press, 2014), as well as Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate, Expanded Edition (Jossey-Bass, 2015).

She was an invited contributor to the NetVUE (Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education) Scholarly Resources project of the Council for Independent Colleges. Wells also provided leadership to FIPSE-funded research on Academic Affairs – Student Affairs Partnership programs. View Dr. Wells curriculum vitae.