Dean, College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies: Holly M. Irwin-Chase, Ph.D.
Office: Bond Academic Center, Deans’ Suite
Telephone: (619) 849-2706
Fax: (619) 849-7018
Administrative Assistant: Cindy Wickwire
The College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies centers on areas of study at Point Loma Nazarene University that focus on preparation in the social sciences and professions. Programs in the social sciences and professions are offered through four academic departments, the Fermanian School of Business, and the School of Nursing. Course offerings in the social sciences and professional studies are designed to help students explore a wide range of people-related, theoretical, and practical knowledge and skills. The college’s highly qualified faculty members are professionally active and committed to engaging students in the learning experience. By emphasizing the university’s mission to engage and challenge minds, to form and model character, and to see service as an expression of faith, the faculty challenge students to become life-long learners, to value the process of personal and intellectual development, and to give their lives in meaningful service to others.
Credential and Internship Programs
California Commission of Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) in single-subject social science and professional content areas.
Point Loma Nazarene University maintains several centers within the organization of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies, including:
The Center for International Development
The Center for Justice and Reconciliation
The Early Childhood Learning Center
The Fermanian Business and Economic Institute
The Health Promotion Center (School of Nursing)
The Margaret Stevenson Center for Women’s Studies
Accreditations and Affiliations
Point Loma Nazarene University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the American Dietetic Association, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies, under the direction of the dean of the College, functions with the supervision of academic departments, schools, and centers. The following is a list of chairs, directors, and deans in the college.
Departments and Schools
Fermanian School of Business – Kenneth D. Armstrong, interim dean
Department of Communication and Theatre – Paul R. Bassett, chair
School of Education – Gary L. Railsback, dean
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences – Kay M. Wilder, chair
Department of Kinesiology – Jeffrey A. Sullivan, chair
School of Nursing – Barbara J. Taylor, dean
Department of Psychology – John T. Wu, chair
Department of Sociology and Social Work – Kevin F. Modesto, chair; Patricia M. Leslie, Director of Social Work.
Arcadia –Laura K. Amstead, interim director
Bakersfield – Jill Hamilton-Bunch, associate dean
Inland Empire – Kristi L. Toth, director
Mission Valley – Andrea G. Liston, associate dean
Centers and Institutes
The Center for International Development – Robert C. Gailey, director
The Center for Justice and Reconciliation – James F. Gates, director
The Early Childhood Learning Center – Susan D. Rogers, academic director
The Fermanian Business and Economic Institute – Randy M. Ataide, executive director
The Health Promotion Center (School of Nursing) – Mary Margaret Rowe, director
The Margaret Stevenson Center for Women’s Studies – Linda M. Beail, director
Students should refer to the information in this Graduate Catalog for a complete listing of program characteristics, degree requirements, and course descriptions offered by academic areas within the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies.