Gateway to Service….. Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Joan A. Francis


Education Profile:

DA, History, Carnegie Mellon University 1990
MA, History, Andrews University 1974
BA, History, Minor Psychology, Secondary Education, Atlantic Union College


She has taught in her native Barbados at the secondary level. Dr. Francis has taught and served as an administrator at Northern Caribbean University and Atlantic Union College before coming Washington Adventist University in 2002. She has taught summers in Puerto Rico, Zaokski, Russia. She currently teaches the foundational History of World Civilization course and other social history courses. She team teaches Disease in History with Biology teacher.

Research and Professional Activities:

Dr. Francis recently presented at Conference “Adventism and Adventist History”, she is continuing her research on an outstanding female bible Worker in the Caribbean and Susie Green an entrepreneur of DC. She continues to work with the Sabbath in Africa project and has written Sabbath Keepers :The African Connection a children’s activity book to accompany Sabbath Roots by Charles Bradford. She was a contributor to Women in World History Encyclopedia Vol 2. She is a member of American Historical Association, Association for the study of African American Life and History and National Council on Social Studies.


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

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School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.