AUASA Leaders with the Student Services Director and Seminary Dean

Election of New AUASA Officers

The AUA Student Association (AUASA) recently elected the 2022-2024 officers on 28th September 2022 as follows:  

  1. Chairperson – Brian Sinyangwe
  2. Vice Chairperson – Jeremiah Rogito
  3. Treasurer – Peter Munyua
  4. Secretary – Eric Were
  5. Chaplain – Edward Isingoma
  6. Sergeant-at-arms – Erick Aywa
  7. Social Affairs and Welfare – Tony Ogouma
  8. Faculty Sponsor – Dr David Odhiambo

The meeting was held both online and physically at the Main Campus, to accommodate the entire student body. The outgoing team, led by Phillip Gai, the outgoing President, were commended for their efforts and achievements despite the challenges brought about by COVID-19. The incoming Chairperson, Brian Sinyangwe, expressed his appreciation at his appointment and prayed for favour and wisdom in his tenure with his incoming team.

The election commissioners, Josephine Ganu and Janet Kariuki, noted however that no female contestants applied for any of the positions. They encouraged female students to consider such leadership opportunities in the future.

Congratulations to the incoming team.

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MARKETING, PR AND ALUMNI AFFAIRS DIRECTOR

The University is looking for a dynamic, self-driven and result oriented professional to fill a vacancy for the position of Marketing, PR and Alumni Affairs Director.

 

Qualifications and Skills Required

Academic: Must have Master’s Degree in the field of Communication or Business or Theology with a network of connections in the church sector.

Religion: Must be a practising member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and be fully supportive of the ideals and objectives of the Church and the University.

Experience: Have at least five years’ relevant experience in any two or more of the following areas: public relations, marketing and promotion, church leadership, event organization and project management.  

 

Preferred Skills

  1. Excellent communication skills
  2. Highly organised and excellent time management
  3. Ability to plan and think ahead, and meet deadlines
  4. Ability to use initiative and prioritise work
  5. Strong public speaking abilities
  6. Ability and willingness to travel
  7. Ability to connect with people and leaders
  8. Understanding of digital and traditional marketing methods
  9. Understanding of current marketing concepts, strategy and Best Practice
  10. MS Office (Word, Excel, PPT)
  11. Good problem-solving skills
  12. Project management skills

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The tasks and responsibilities of the Marketing, PR and Alumni Affairs Director will comprise but are not limited to:        .

MARKETING

  1. Develop, update and implement a marketing strategy for the University in consultation with the Marketing Committee.
  2. Organize AUA promotion at camp meetings individually or using AUA staff and make presentations at the camp meetings.
  3. Visit the Workers Meeting of conferences and Ministerial Association meetings of various unions to promote the university
  4. Promote the University widely within the Church sector as well as within Kenya for SPS programs.
  5. Develop and implement an advertisement campaign
  6. Oversee the design of attractive promotional materials and brochures for the University
  7. Plan, allocate work, advice and supervise the functions of the Asst. Director Marketing, PR and Alumni 
  1. Call for meetings of Marketing and PR Committee and make quarterly or annual plans, implement and review.
  2. Facilitate meetings between Finance, Admissions, Academic and Marketing personnel to ensure smooth flow of enrolment processes.
  3. Prepare enrolment information and trends on agreed format and present in the enrolment committee and come up with marketing strategy.

COMMUNICATION AND PR

  1. Develop strategies to communicate with different stakeholders such as: sponsors, prospective students, ECD, SID, and WAD constituency, general public and internal members in the organizations.
  2. Organize ‘publicity and PR’ campaigns for the University to place the University continually in the market with the support of the Asst. Director, Marketing and PR
  3. Write targeted articles of activities that happen at AUA for publishing in various Church magazines
  4. Researching, writing and promotional information to targeted audiences in the Church and outside.
  5. Receive selected, high-profile University guests and ensure their comfort while on Campus
  6. Invite one prominent person to the Campus or any of the University events.

ALUMNI

  1. Identify and cultivate friendships with alumni and work with them through the year to promote the University
  2. Develop knowledge of alumni and systematically approach them and mobilize to support enrolment efforts of the Marketing department and the University.
  3. Organize alumni chapters and ensure these are functional in at least five cities in Africa and international chapters where possible.
  4. Organize the Alumni Association gathering which takes place through the year in different parts of the continent.

ADMINISTRATION

  1. Regularly conduct the PR and Marketing committees that fall under this position
  2. Manage the operations of the department within the budgetary provision.
  3. Any other job as assigned by the immediate supervisor that is in line with the expertise of the employee.

 

Method of Application

All applications should be addressed to the Human Resources Office and should be sent via e-mail by October 15, 2022 using hr@aua.ac.ke

 

Only Qualified applicants will be notified and invited for an interview.

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CAFETERIA MANAGER

The University is looking for a dynamic, self-driven and result oriented professional to fill a vacancy for the position of Cafeteria Manager.

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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: hr@aua.ac.ke

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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Launch of Three Pan-African Research Journals

The Adventist University of Africa (AUA) launched three refereed research journals on 24th April 2022. The academic journals are:
1. Pan-African Journal of Theology (PAJOT)
2. Pan-African Journal of Education and Social Sciences (PAJES)
3. Pan-African Journal of Health and Environmental Studies (AJHES)


The guest of honour for the launch was Dr. Lisa Beardsley-Hardy, Education Director of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. She congratulated the University for attaining the great stride, saying that the journals are a great opportunity to bring to bear biblical world views, address challenges that face the Church and conduct interdisciplinary research as well.


The Research and Grants Development Director, Prof. Josephine Ganu mentioned that the overall purpose of the three journals was to provide a platform for academic exchange for scholars and readers in Africa and beyond. The journals would publish peer-reviewed, high-quality articles via an open-access online publishing model and she envisioned them becoming influential and prestigious journals in Africa. “The journals will enable the University to share discoveries with the world, even as AUA spearheads and foreruns disciplines and practice in Africa” said Prof. Vincent Injety, the AUA Vice-Chancellor.

It would be well to note that the chief editors and editorial board of each of the journals have diverse expertise and experience in relevant subject areas, and publication track records. The seven-member board of each journal provides scientific expertise, ensuring double-blind peer-review and the overall quality of the journal’s content.


The Pan-African Journal of Theology (PAJOT) provides a platform for scholarship based on biblical fidelity for academics and practitioners in all areas of theological studies. The aim of the journal is to encourage original and deeper studies, provide appropriate and relevant application of Scriptures to society for the ultimate purpose of redemption. PAJOT’s chief editor is Prof. Sampson Nwaomah.


The Pan-African Journal of Education and Social Sciences (PAJES) is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes articles in the areas of education, business, leadership, human behaviour, and other related areas. The journal accepts empirical research using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods; as well as theoretical and conceptual manuscripts. PAJE’s chief editor is Prof. Marie-Anne Razafiarivony.

The Pan-African Journal of Health and Environmental Science (AJHES) seeks to publish original research in the areas of health and environmental sciences. Topics covered in the journal include environmental issues, public health, occupational health, epidemiology, and global health among others. AHJES welcomes submissions of the highest quality, reflecting a wide range of perspectives, topics, contexts, and methods in the areas of health and environmental sciences. AJHE’s chief editor is Prof. Daniel Ganu.


Students, faculty, and various scholars are invited to submit their research papers on various thematic areas through the journals portal on journals.aua.ac.ke.

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African SDA Health Study Receives Funding

The Adventist University of Africa (AUA) recently received a $100,000 fund for phase two of the African Seventh-day Adventist Health Study (ASDAHS) running from 2022 to 2025.

This fund was secured to enable efficient publishing and distribution of phase one findings to all stakeholders including Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church members in Africa and beyond. The funding will also expand the capacity of the research team headed by Professor Daniel Ganu, the principal investigator of the Study.

The Study was fully supported by the three Divisions of the continent (ECD, SID, and WAD), Health Ministries Department and the Office of Archives, Statistics, & Research of the General Conference. More than 15,000 Church members participated in the Study.

AMAZING RESEARCH FINDINGS

The Study which began in 2017 aimed at gathering baseline data of the health status, knowledge, attitude and practice of the health message of the Church. Phase one ended in 2021 with amazing research findings. Key findings are that Church members are knowledgeable in and have a positive attitude towards the health message. However, their knowledge and attitude are not commensurate to their practice of the health message. Based on the data obtained from the first phase, phase two of the Study will entail intervention programs focusing on non-communicable diseases among SDA populations in Africa.

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Call for Papers – SPS 6th Research Conference

The School of Postgraduate Studies (SPS) at the Adventist University of Africa (AUA) is pleased to announce the 6th International Research Conference© with the theme: “Re-engineering the Future of Work in a Post-COVID-19 Era.” The 6th International Research Conference will continue in the excellence of previous Conferences at the University with this important theme.

The Covid-19 era has profoundly disrupted economies and societies. This dramatic change accelerated migration to digital technologies across sectors and sparked radical shifts in people’s lives and work. Workplace productivity and engagement have been affected. Looking forward, leaders need to respond to and recover from these social and cultural currents. They need to proactively define what the ‘new normal’ means for work, the workforce, and the workplace. Hence, the need for organizations to reset work for growth beyond the coronavirus pandemic. Positive response to the pandemic can leverage organizations to mitigate challenges associated with the pandemic and help countries rebuild. Now is the time for leaders, researchers, and other stakeholders to navigate to thrive as they re-engineer to rebuild the operations of their establishments to sustain competitive advantage. Thriving is not the absence of challenges and disruptions. It is adapting, prioritizing, and creating resilience to manage through instability. It is embracing new insights and capabilities that Covid-19 has accelerated to reimage the future altogether. This Conference will present and examine the latest research findings and strategies integral to reengineering or rebuilding the workplace post-Covid-19 era.

We invite and welcome conceptual, theoretical, and empirical papers from scholars, practitioners, and students on the future of work after the Covid-19 pandemic. All papers should be in accordance with the Conference theme: “Re-engineering the Future of Work in a Post-COVID-19 Era.” Sub-topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

1. Re-shaping education
2. Enhancing transportation services
3. Technology and innovation
4. Mental health and wellness
5. Working from home
6. Violence in the workplace
7. Vaccination
8. Fostering organizational resilience
9. Returning to work
10. Organizational Stability
11. Organizational financial viability
12. Organizational HR competencies
13. Entrepreneurship and creativity
14. Work-life balance
15. Lessons learned
16. Economic stability
17. Leadership & governance challenges
18. Change management
19. Crisis and recovery strategies
20. Reimagining the office and work-life after COVID-19

Conference Details

The 6th International Research Conference offers a blended model for an online and in-person experience. It will be held from Thursday, August 18 to Saturday, August 20, 2022, virtually and at the Adventist University of Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.

Important Dates

1. Abstract submission (approximately 250 words): March 15, 2022
2. Accept/Reject notification: April 20, 2022
3. Full paper submission: July 07, 2022
4. Conference: August 18 – 20, 2022

Abstract Submission Guidelines
The abstract must include the following:
1. Title of the paper
2. Complete names of author(s)
3. Institution affiliation (+ city and country)
4. Email address and cell phone number
5. Abstract (one paragraph, approximately 250 words) submitted in MS Word (.doc or.docx) document

Once you prepare your abstract according to the above guidelines, use the subject line “International Research Conference” and email your submission to: researchconference@aua.ac.ke Once you prepare your abstract according to the above guidelines, use the subject line “International
Research Conference” and email your submission to: researchconference@aua.ac.ke

Publication Opportunity

All abstracts and papers will be reviewed for acceptance and presentation online or in person. The Conference Committee will recommend selected papers from the Conference for further consideration for publication in any of the two Pan-African Journals (https://journals.aua.ke), subject to the journals’ blind
review process.

Registration Fees
1. Regular: $100
2. Student: $50
3. Group rate discount for five or more from the same institution or organization: $75 per person. For more details or inquiries, please email researchconference [at] aua.ac.ke. We look forward to welcoming you to the Adventist University of Africa.

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The Adventist University uses cutting-edge virtual conferencing platform to host its fourth theological seminary conference.

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O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendor of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.