African SDA Health Study Phase One Findings

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The Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church is known worldwide for its teachings that advocate a healthy lifestyle. But no significant continent-wide research has been done to show the impact of the SDA health message on the members in Africa.

Phase One of the African Seventh-day Adventist Health Study (ASDAHS) found that the Church members in Africa are knowledgeable and have a positive attitude toward the SDA health message. However, they are not putting this knowledge and attitude into full practice.

Phase Two, an intervention study will be launched in September 2022.

Access full details and findings of Phase One, HERE or click on the image above.

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 Posted: June 8, 2022

 DEAN - SCHOOL OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

About AUA: Adventist University of Africa (AUA), a Chartered University of Seventh-day Adventists (SDA) Church based in Nairobi, Kenya, established by the General Conference of SDA to provide post-graduate education in Theology, Business, Public Health, Applied Computer Science and other fields. The University seeks to deliver outstanding postgraduate education from a Biblical foundation to prepare competent leaders to serve the church and society in a Christ-like manner. 

The University is looking for a dynamic, self-driven and result-oriented professional to fill a vacancy for the position of Dean in the School of Postgraduate Studies.

Qualifications and Skills Required: PhD in Leadership, Business Administration, or Education or Health Sciences. The candidate should have sufficient experience in teaching post-graduate programs and should have been head of department or Faculty/School Dean for a minimum of three years. The candidate should be willing and able to work with students and faculty from various cultures and ethnic backgrounds in an international setting; be a team player, have a vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ and be a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in regular standing.

Qualifications Preferred: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Leadership.

Required Work Experience: Minimum of 5 years teaching at the postgraduate level and at least 3 years of experience in academic administration such as an HoD or Dean of a Faculty or School. In addition, the candidate should show evidence of published research and supervision of theses and dissertations at the Masters or Doctoral level.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Dean reports directly to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Administration. The Dean provides administrative oversight for all aspects of academic activities within the School, student enrolment, running academic programs within the framework of academic policy, research support and guidance, implementing strategic planning, day-to-day financial management of the department, implementing the University’s vision. The Dean will implement or initiate policies for the School for growth and quality, either on their own or as directed by appropriate institutional authority, with due consideration for the prerogatives of the accreditation bodies, educational policy and faculty. The Dean also has primary responsibilities for external initiatives that include community outreach and development in consultation with the Deputy Vice-chancellor for Academic Administration.

General Responsibilities
• Provides leadership in all academic matters of the School including academic degree programs as well as recruiting, retaining, and graduating students.
• Direct the programs that the school may offer and lead in the development of new programs as needed.
• Teach some courses in one of the departments in the School of Postgraduate Studies.
• Supervise the Postgraduate Studies operation in the AUA External Instructional locations.
• Oversees the personnel of the School including hiring and caring for faculty and staff, preparing annual evaluations, and supporting professional development opportunities.
• Has a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in its broadest terms across all sectors of the School, including, but not limited to curriculum, programming, and representations of staff and faculty, to name a few, and effectively represent the school’s best interest internally and externally.
• Works collaboratively and collegially with faculty and administration to advance the school’s mission of excellence in research, teaching, and service to society.
• Represents the School of Postgraduate Studies on the Management Board of the University and other academic administrative committees.
• Provides strategic direction and oversight for an annual operating budget of the School of Postgraduate Studies.
• Motivated by mission and service, the incumbent is willing to go the extra mile and work overtime.

Attributes of the Successful Candidate
• Shows an understanding of and commitment to continually developing relevant and innovative education for today’s rapidly changing world.
• Demonstrates the ability to listen, consider diverse opinions, and lead in a collegial manner.
• Implement the policies, plans, programs and vision of the University
• Respects both scholarly and professional contributions of the individual faculty in the School.
• Supports the development of all programs and certificates in line with the university’s vision.
• Exhibits business acumen in all aspects of the school’s endeavours; including personnel decisions, strategic planning, and developing new sources of external and internal funding.
• Forms and maintains partnerships with relevant private sectors, professional organizations and campus entities.
• Demonstrates the ability to advance the school’s best interests internally and externally.
• Denotes an understanding of the life cycle of faculty including rank, promotion, tenure, and academic leave.
• Assists with administrative responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.

Method of Application: All applications should be submitted to the Human Resources Office of the University with certified copies of academic qualifications, a portfolio detailing academic qualifications, work experience, research and publications, and family data. In addition, three recommendations, two from university administrators and one from a church administrator should accompany the application.

All applications should be addressed to the Human Resources Office and should be sent via e-mail by July 31, 2022, using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications will be received until the vacancy is filled.

Qualified applicants will be notified and invited for a virtual interview.

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Posted: June 23, 2022 

DEAN, THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

About AUA: Adventist University of Africa (AUA), a Chartered University of Seventh-day Adventists (SDA) Church based in Nairobi, Kenya, established by the General Conference of SDA to provide post-graduate education in Theology, Business, Public Health, Applied Computer Science and other fields. The University seeks to deliver outstanding postgraduate education from a Biblical foundation to prepare competent leaders to serve the church and society in a Christ-like manner.

The University is looking for a dynamic, self-driven, transformational and result-oriented professional to fill a vacancy for the position of Dean in Theological Seminary.

Qualifications and Skills Required: PhD in Systematic Theology, Church History or Old Testament. The candidate should have sufficient experience in teaching post-graduate programs, research supervision and knowledge of research protocols and should have been head of an academic department or Faculty/School Dean for a minimum of three years. The candidate should be willing and able to work with students and faculty from various cultures and ethnic backgrounds in an international setting; be a team player, have a vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ and be a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in regular standing.

Qualifications Preferred: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Systematic Theology

Required Work Experience: Minimum of 5 years teaching at the postgraduate level and at least 3 years of experience in academic administration such as an HoD or Dean of a Faculty or School. In addition, the candidate should show evidence of published research and supervision of Master's theses and doctoral dissertations.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Dean reports directly to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Administration. The Dean provides administrative oversight for all aspects of academic activities within the Theological Seminary, student enrolment, running academic programs within the framework of academic policy, research supervision and guidance, teaching, implementation of the strategic plan, day-to-day financial management of the School, and implementing the University’s vision. The Dean will initiate and implement policies for the Seminary for growth and quality in consultation with the immediate supervisor or as directed by appropriate institutional authority, with due consideration for the requirements of the accreditation bodies, educational policy and faculty. The Dean also has primary responsibilities for external initiatives that include community outreach and development in consultation with the Deputy Vice-chancellor for Academic Administration. The Seminary Dean will be expected to teach courses and serve in theses and dissertation committees of students in his area of academic specialization.

General Responsibilities
• Provides leadership in all academic matters of the Seminary including academic degree programs as well as recruiting, retaining, and graduating students.
• Direct the programs that the seminary may offer and lead in the development of new programs as needed.
• Teach some courses in one of the departments in the Seminary.
• Supervise the Postgraduate Studies operation in the AUA External Instructional locations.
• Oversees the personnel of the Seminary including the hiring and caring for faculty and staff, preparing annual evaluations, and supporting professional development opportunities.
• Has a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in its broadest terms across all sectors of the Seminary, including, but not limited to curriculum, programming, and representations of staff and faculty, to name a few, and effectively represents the seminary’s best interest internally and externally.
• Works collaboratively and collegially with faculty and administration to advance the seminary’s mission of excellence in research, teaching, and service to society.
• Represents Theological Seminary on the Management Board of the University and other academic administrative committees.
• Provides strategic direction and oversight for an annual operating budget of the Theological Seminary.
• Motivated by mission and service, the incumbent is willing to go the extra mile and work overtime.

Attributes of the Successful Candidate
• Shows an understanding of and commitment to continually developing relevant and innovative education for today’s rapidly changing world.
• Demonstrates the ability to listen, consider diverse opinions, and lead in a collegial manner.
• Implement policies, plans, programs and vision of the University.
• Respects both scholarly and professional contributions of the individual faculty in the Seminary.
• Supports the development of all programs and certificates in line with the University’s vision.
• Exhibits business acumen in all aspects of the Seminary’s endeavours; including personnel decisions, strategic planning, and developing new sources of external and internal funding.
• Forms and maintains partnerships with relevant private sectors, professional organizations and campus entities.
• Demonstrates the ability to advance the Seminary’s best interests internally and externally.
• Denotes an understanding of the life cycle of faculty including rank, promotion, tenure, and academic leave.
• Performs administrative responsibilities as per the job description and as assigned by the supervisor.

Method of Application: All applications should be submitted to the Human Resources Office of the University with certified copies of academic qualifications, a portfolio detailing academic qualifications, work experience, research and publications, and family data. In addition, three recommendations, two from university administrators and one from a church administrator should accompany the application.

All applications should be addressed to the Human Resources Office and should be sent via e-mail by August 31, 2022, using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications will be received until the vacancy is filled.

 Qualified applicants will be notified and invited for a virtual interview.

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Posted 20 July 2022

FACULTY POSITION IN SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY OR HISTORICAL-THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

Adventist University of Africa (AUA), a Chartered University of Seventh-day Adventists (SDA) Church based in Nairobi, Kenya, was established by the General Conference of SDA to provide post-graduate education in Theology, Business, Public Health, Applied Computer Science, and other fields. The University seeks to deliver balanced and dynamic post-graduate education in a Christian context to prepare graduates to provide competent leadership and service based on integrity, respect, and love for church and society.

The Faculty of the Theological Seminary at AUA conducts research in Biblical Studies, Church History, Systematic Theology, Missiology, and Practical/Applied Theology. The successful candidate is expected to teach and oversee all study programs from Master's to doctoral (DMin and PhD) levels.

The University is looking to fill a vacancy for the position of a lecturer in the Theological Seminary to teach and direct graduate studies and research in Systematic Theology or Historical Theological Studies.

Qualifications and Skills Required: Earned Doctoral degree in Systematic Theology/Historical-Theological Studies and qualified to teach at the graduate level and conduct and direct research in Theological studies. Willing and able to work with students and faculty from various cultures and ethnic backgrounds in an international setting; Have a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ and be a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in regular standing.

Qualifications Preferred:  Research qualifications at the doctoral level (PhD or the equivalent) in Systematic theology. Documented pedagogical skills/teaching competence related to systematic theology. Articulate in English (oral and written communication skills).

A specialization in Systematic Theology involves the interpretation of the Christian faith and worldview from a contemporary perspective, paying attention to the distinctiveness, relevance, and normativity of the Christian faith and tradition. It includes the ability to conduct constructive academic analyses of how the Christian faith and worldview may be made relevant within the contemporary epistemic universe in the face of current cultural and social challenges. The candidate is required to master interdisciplinary work in theory as well as method.

Active participation in international research networks and good cooperative skills are vital. It is expected that the successful candidates will contribute to the further development of the faculty's research profile and establish new research projects. Experience in applying for external research funding is desirable. Applicants should be able to document the development of teaching provisions and study environments.

Required Work Experience: Be an ordained minister of the gospel and have a minimum of 5 years of ministerial experience. A holder of ministerial credentials of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Loyal to the Seventh-day Adventist Church's message and mission, evidenced by membership and active involvement in a local church. Preferably a minimum of six (6) years of full-time teaching experience, three of which should be at the graduate level. In addition, show evidence of published research and Supervision of thesis and dissertation at the Master's or Doctoral level.

Duties and Responsibilities: Teach systematic theology, philosophy of Religion, historical-theological studies, Adventist studies, and Cognate courses. Advise Master's thesis and doctoral dissertations as would be assigned. Serve in thesis and dissertation committees of the Theological Seminary as would be appointed. Engage in research and community service in a professionally stimulating environment. Perform any assigned relevant responsibilities by the University.

Method of Application:  All applications should be submitted to the Human Resources Office of the University with certified copies of academic qualifications, a portfolio detailing academic qualifications, work experience, research and publications, and family data. In addition, three recommendations, two from university administrators and one from a church administrator, should accompany the application.

All applications should be addressed to the Human Resources Office and should be sent via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications will be received until the vacancy is filled.
Qualified applicants will be notified and invited for a virtual interview.

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 Posted 20 July 2022

FACULTY POSITION IN LEADERSHIP

The Adventist University of Africa (AUA), a Chartered University of Seventh-day Adventists (SDA) Church based in Nairobi, Kenya, was established by the General Conference of SDA to provide post-graduate education to prepare Leaders for the Church and Society on the Continent of Africa and beyond. The University through the School of Postgraduate Studies (SPS), currently, offers the following programs: Leadership, Business Administration, Public Health, and Applied Computer Science. The University seeks to deliver balanced and dynamic post-graduate education in a Christian context to prepare graduates to provide competent leadership and service based on integrity, respect, and love for church and society.

The institution is looking for a lecturer who will teach in the leadership programs (Master's and PhD) in the Department of Social Sciences of the School of Postgraduate Studies.

The successful candidate is expected to teach and supervise theses and doctoral dissertations.

Relevant Qualifications and Skills Required:
The candidate must hold a PhD in Leadership or any other related qualifications as an Associate Professor or Full Professor rank. He/she must have a proven track record in research and publications, willing and able to work with students and faculty from a variety of cultures, and ethnic backgrounds within an international setting. Active participation in international research networks will be an advantage.

Required Work Experience:
The applicant should have five years of teaching experience at the postgraduate (Masters & PhD) level in relevant areas and have published over ten articles in a refereed journal. Publications of university-level textbooks and book chapters will be added advantage.
He/she must have supervised more than four postgraduate students.

Duties and Responsibilities:
As a postgraduate level lecturer, the candidate will be expected to:
• Teach courses in the area of Leadership as per the teaching load policy;
• Supervise students' research activities at Masters’ and PhD levels;
• Undertake publishable individual and collaborative research projects in peer-reviewed journals and actively contribute to the institution's research profile,
• Develop research proposals for external funding,
• Carry out administrative tasks related to teaching and departmental activities,
• Contribute to professional conferences and seminars in his/her field of expertise,
• Participate in student mentoring activities through the integration of faith and learning,
• Participate and contribute to the spiritual life of the campus as per the spiritual master plan.

Method of Application:
Applications should be submitted to the Director of Human Resources. Certified copies of academic qualifications should accompany a detailed CV. In addition, two letters of recommendation from referees should be provided.
All applications should be sent via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application deadline:  August 31, 2022, at 6:00 PM East African Time (EAT).

Notes:
1) Any applicant must be a Seventh-day Adventist in good standing.
2) Only qualified applicants will be notified and invited for a virtual interview.

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Jubilation at AUA’s 11th Graduation Ceremony

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Over the past weekend, the Adventist University of Africa (AUA) ceremoniously graduated over 60 postgraduate students. Families of the graduates, faculty, staff and friends assembled at the University’s Simeon Nyachae Auditorium to celebrate the graduates’ achievements. The graduates committed to learning, labouring and leading for eternity while discovering new horizons in service.


The air was euphoric at the Adventist University of Africa as it graduated its first doctoral students in the PhD in Leadership programme. Among them was a lady from Togo and three gentlemen from Malawi, Botswana and Nigeria respectively. Nine Doctor of Ministry graduates were also conferred their degrees by the Chancellor, Dr Blasious Ruguri, who is also the President of the East-Central Africa Division of Seventh-day Adventists.

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In a heartfelt consecration service, the first and former Vice-Chancellor to AUA, Prof. Brempong Owusu-Antwi, passionately urged the graduands to cling to God through much prayer and to have a genuine faith as they await the soon coming of Christ. He emphasized that they were to serve Christ regardless of their position through continuous learning, selfless labour and Christ-like leadership. He testified to God’s faithfulness and rejoiced at the growth of the University from its humble beginnings when it had only two employees and one building.

Elder Emmanuel Manu, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the West-Central Africa Division of Seventh-day Adventists, encouraged the class to make a difference—a positive difference in his baccalaureate address. He stated that unity was a positive way of making a difference and urged the graduates to unite for action rather than pulling each other down or apart. Mr. Manu surprised the audience by mentioning that while the three Divisions in Africa make 45% of the world Church, they only contribute 2% of the world Church budget. He stirred the graduates with, "You are not a chicken, you are an eagle! Go out and make a difference."

In a rousing speech, the Commencement speaker, Dr Weymouth Spence, said that, “Education is the pathway to success.” And qualified it further by saying “Christian education is the guaranteed pathway to success and to eternity.” Dr Spence, President of Washington Adventist University, urged the graduates not to be pushed by the fears in their minds, but rather to be led by the promises in God’s word.” He challenged the graduates to “Go improve the world one person at a time” and charged them that they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr Vincent Injety, charged the graduates to be leaders of integrity, loving service, to be lifelong learners and thought leaders.

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Dignitaries present at the event included the Vice-President and Education Director for the Southern Africa Indian Ocean Division of Seventh-day Adventists, Dr Harrington Akombwa and Dr Felix Njini respectively, High Commissioner from Malawi, H. E. Madam Calista Mutharika, Malawi ASI member Dr Thomson Mpingajira, East-Central Africa Division officers, among many others.

11th Graduation Ceremony

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The Adventist University of Africa will be holding its Eleventh Graduation Ceremony at the University’s Multipurpose Complex
Magadi Road, Ongata Rongai, Nairobi - Kenya. The high event will be held on: 

  • Friday, 20th May 2022 at 7:00 pm, Kenya Time - Consecration Service
  • Saturday, 21st May 2022 at 9:00 am, Kenya Time - Baccalaureate Service
  • Sunday, 22nd May 2022 at 10:00 am, Kenya Time - Commencement Service 

The programme will also be live-streamed on the University's official YouTube and Facebook accounts. 

 

 

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