Message from the Dean
I'm pleased to serve as the dean of SPS. My affinity for adult education is rooted in my own past experiences as a working adult student raising two children. As I completed my undergraduate and graduate coursework, there were numerous sleepless nights and weekends spent studying. My family also made sacrifices... and pizza was a staple in our home. Needless to say, I've never looked back. The advantages have far outweighed the challenges.
It's not only my personal experiences that commit me to adult education, but also my positive experiences teaching and working with nontraditional students. There's a deeper level of engagement and eagerness to apply learning with adult learners. But, nothing affirms my career choice like SPS precommencement when families shout their praise and the students, even grown men, tear up in the College Church.
All of this has led me to my current position as SPS dean. I am committed to the school, students, alums, faculty and staff and to making sure that SPS is the premier educator for working adults in St. Louis. We are already positioned well with strong staff, faculty and programs and we're poised to continue to grow. In line with the SLU tradition, SPS provides a strong liberal arts education in an adult, student-centered environment.
Jennifer Kohler Giancola, Ph.D.
Dean, School for Professional Studies
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