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Jim Adams
Faculty, School of Education

Teaching at Cairn since 2019

Jim J. Adams


  • EdD Educational Leadership, University of Southern California
  • MA in Social Science: Leadership Studies, Azusa Pacific University
  • BA in Bible and Practical Theology, Life Pacific University
  • Evangelical Teacher Training Association Certificate


Dr. Jim J. Adams’ professional experience in faith-based education spans over 43 years serving in local church education, the Christian school setting, and higher education. Adams has taught in the areas of curriculum development, administration, and research methods. His work experience includes serving as a superintendent of schools and university president in California. He previously led a large leadership graduate program internationally, and he is now semi-retired as president emeritus for Life Pacific University, a fellow CCCU institution to Cairn where he teaches in the graduate education program. He has been married to his wife, Lori Adams for 42 years, and they have two married adult daughters.

Additional Information

Academic Specialties & Interests:

  • Organizational Leadership and Research

Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Chair, WASC Accreditation Visiting Teams
  • Board Member, McKinley Community Services
  • Board Member, Ryan’s House for Youth
  • former president, San Dimas Rotary
  • Ordained Minister, The Foursquare Church

Awards & Honors:

  • USC Dissertation of the Year
  • Marquis Whos Who in America
  • Marquis Whos Who in Education

Select Publications:

  • Adams, J. J. (2014). Identity, Quality, and Accountability: How US Higher Education Institutions Pursue Recognition and Excellence. A four-part series on the US systems for accreditation, recognition, and merit rankings. Part One. AngloHigher, 5(1).
  • Adams, J. J. (2012). Faculty Performance and Pay in Tough Times. AngloHigher, 4(1): 17-18.
  • Adams, J. J. (2011, May). The Security of the Believer: Doctrinal Leadership and Historical Development in the Foursquare Church. An invited paper presented at the inaugural conference of the Foursquare Scholars Association. Columbus, OH.
  • Adams, J., Colachico, D. & McIntire, D. (2009). Revitalizing university faculty through an international teaching and learning experience. Global Education Journal 9(1).
  • Adams, J. (2008). Local Church Impact in Mannoia, K & Thorsen, D. (eds.) The Holiness Manifesto. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
  • Adams, J. (2007). Book review: College Attrition at American Research Universities: Comparative Case Studies. Journal of College Student Retention, 9(1): 129-133.
  • Adams, J. (2007). A history of Foursquare women leaders in Schell, S. (ed.) Women in leadership ministry. Los Angles: Foursquare Media.
  • Adams, J. & McIntire. D. (2007). Engaging the team: Promoting healthy change in your organization in McIntire, D. (ed.) Teamwork: Making the dream work. Indianapolis: Precedent Press.
  • Hagedorn, L. (Ed.), Adams, J. (Contributing Ed.). Sound Instruction: Ready to use Classroom Practice. (2001) Chattanooga, TN: Rapid Intellect Group.