Full name

Alin Vrancila


820 N LaSalle Blvd, Chicago IL, 60614

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Oxford Center for Mission Studies, Oxford, UK - 2012 - Present

Research Interest: Faculty Readiness Assessment for Online Teaching

Master of Arts

Union University Mill Valley, California - Graduation 2010

Major: Intercultural Studies, Research Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

Lucian Blaga University, Romania - Graduation 2004

Major: Computer Science; Minor: Marketing & Economics

Academic Experience

Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning and Professor

Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning - 2013 - Present

Adjunct Professor

Moody Distance Learning - 2011 - 2013

Research Areas

Technology and Higher Education -

Distance Education, Teaching Online, Immigration, War and Identity in developing countries.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate -

ED4424 Practices of Leadership 3 credits
MS1103 Christian Missions 3 credits
MS1103 Christian Missions Hybrid (On Ground/Online) 3 credits
GSU1111 Global Culture 3 credits
MS1100 Spiritual Life and Community 3 credits
Ps4463 Cultural Dynamics of Congregational Ministry 3 credits
GSU1110 College Writing 3 credits
GSU1113 Intermediate Computer Skills 3 credits
GSU2213 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
BI4404 Applying Scripture in the Contemporary World 4 credits

Graduate -

BI 7701 Case Study Development 3 credits
BI 7700 Action Research and Biblical Interpretation 3 credits (COTY 2015)
IS 5500 Theology and Practice of Intercultural Ministry 3 credits

Courses Developed

Undergraduate -

Revised: MS1103 Christian Missions 3 credits
In progress: CUL 3301 Analyzing Cultural Change 3 credits
In progress: CUL 4403 Cultural Studies Project Research 3 credits
In progress: CUL 4404 Cultural Studies Major Project 3 credits

Graduate -

BI 7701 Case Study Development 3 credits
BI 7700 Action Research and Biblical Interpretation 3 credits (COTY 2015)
Co-written Methods of Biblical Interpretation


Course of the Year Award ACCESS March 2015

http://www.accessed.org/COTY-courses -

I was awarded the COTY Award (Course of the Year) scoring 120 points out of 120 for the BI7700 Action Research Graduate course I created for the Master of Arts in Applied Biblical Studies program. I worked with Mary Oprea as the Instructional Designer and this award was a great confirmation that our work made a significant contribution to the quality and innovation of Online Education.

Presentations and Research Papers

“Befriend the IT geeks, they might have some good ideas!”

Using online forms and social media tools for online faculty professional development.

ACCESS Conference Presentation 2014

Building a Faculty One-Stop-Shop that centralizes student retention, course requests, incident reports, course content issues in one centralized location has proven to be very beneficial. Including a blog within that One-Stop-Shop for professional development is proving to be even better.

Navigating Dualities: Current complexities of life in Zacatecas.”

A research paper. This research paper participated at the HERA Conference in El Paso Texas on March 11-13, 2010.

Romericans, Four years among Romanian-Americans.”

A research paper. A case study of the intercultural phenomena that are taking place within the space of the Romanian-American church. The research findings were presented on July 2009 Mill Valley, California at the Golden Gate Baptist Theology Seminary.

“The Sudan, The war behind the battle.”

A research paper. Ethnography conducted in The Sudan with a focus on the conflict between the North Sudan and South Sudan. A brief history and reasons behind the conflict. Culture and identity, outside influences in South Sudan.


ACCESS - The Association of Christian Distance Education

Vice-President - March 2015 - Present

ACCESS provides leadership through resources, online community development, and promotion of various forms of distance education. www.accessed.org

ARNA - Action Research Network of the Americas

Founding Member -

The Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) unites college and university students and faculty conducting practitioner inquiry into teaching and learning with fellow action researchers in public schools, private schools, community settings and workplaces throughout the Americas. ARNA members are committed to taking action locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally to promote action research that is conducted with a commitment to honesty, integrity, inclusiveness, multi-vocality, engagement, and achievement within sustainable democratic societies. www.arnaconnect.org

CDLDTE - Council for Distance Learning Directors in Theological Education

Web Development Co-Chair -

CDLDTE aims to establish connections and share resources among people who are responsible for managing or directing distance learning programs in theological education around the world We also collaborate with others on the research, writing, and publishing of materials and explore new models of engagement and new approaches for successful distance education. And we serve as an advocate in the promotion of quality distance theological education among state boards of education and regional/vocational accrediting bodies. http://www.distancelearningdirectors.org

The SLOAN Consortium


Individuals Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education.

Royal African Society


A membership society that works to foster better understanding and strong relationships between Britain, Africa and the world.


Moody Distance Learning

Assistant Dean of Teaching & Learning and Professor - 2013 - Present

In addition to teaching six (6) hours per semester, as the Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning I am responsible for developing and leading the MDL faculty community in professional development and classroom delivery that supports the ethos of Moody Standards for Instructors.
I oversee and manage the largest expense budget in Moody Distance Learning and I have successfully implemented new initiatives that saved the Institute more than $300k in my first two years as an Assistant Dean. I am directly responsible for more than 140 Adjunct Faculty and lead a team of 5 people in the Instructional Quality department.
I initiate leadership and development programs; lead, supervise, support; and evaluate the MDL faculty including retention/ promotion processes, compensation determination and course load/scheduling; enhance the faculty evaluation system; develop, implement and monitor the new faculty mentoring program; oversee the development of on-going training/professional development opportunities; create and maintain an online Faculty.

Moody Bible Institute, Chicago IL

CRM Manager - 2011 - 2013

Under the supervision of the Division Manager, as the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Manager I was responsible for the coordination and communication of marketing, recruitment, and student support processes for appropriate programming and configuration of CRM by Moody’s Information Systems. As CRM Manager I served as education’s primary interface with Oracle CRM and other CRM support software currently used by Moody. I successfully implemented digital marketing and student engagement strategies that generated close to 10, 000 prospective students for various venues in my first year. Analysis and reporting of analytics, as well as audience segmentation and management were also key responsibilities of this position. Another important component of my position was to Interview, hire, and train employees.

Miak Wadang International

Founding Member and Vice President of Miak Wadang Romania, Miak Wadang USA - 2009 - Present

This Non-Profit organization is focused on community development in South Sudan. As a founding member, I traveled to South Sudan and I organized events and projects in Europe and USA to raise awareness and support for the people of South Sudan. I have successfully organized two major fund raising campaigns to raise funds for the distribution of grain in the hunger stricken South Sudan and raised more than $250,000 – more info www.grainforpain.com

One House of Design (now Avangarde Global), Portland OR

Former Owner and Associate - 2007 – 2011

Co-owned a Web Design and Consulting start-up. Built this company from scratch together with a partner. Websites, graphic design, corporate identity, programming and consulting. Also, we successfully created outsourcing partnerships. I was responsible for contract negotiation, consulting work as well as branding and graphic design work.

The Continentals International Urban Choir

Evangelist and Musician - 2005 - 2010

I was a member of The Continentals Urban Choir and toured most of Europe, Moldavia, Southern part of the Russian border and most of the United States of America. Performed evangelistic concerts in hospitals, maximum security prisons, churches, stadiums, various public events and venues. I was responsible with delivering multiple evangelistic messages a day for all the concerts.

Gnosis Television Center Romania, Europe

Manager - 2003 – 2005

Managed and coordinated all filming projects. Developed several Christian documentaries. Created opportunities and partnerships with local TV Stations for broadcasting Christian materials. Distributed all material nationwide. Successfully managed a team of 3 people.


Emmaus Bible College

Dubuque, Iowa - 2014

Faculty Readiness Assessment for launching an online program

Oxford Center for Missions Studies, Oxford UK

Web re-development - 2012 – 2014

The use of Evernote in Research

Samvada Centre for Research Resources, New Delhi

Web development and web strategy - 2014

The use of Learning Management Systems in deploying content online

AwakenToFollow, Kampala Uganda

Development strategy - 2013-2015

Non-profit vision and mission


Ekklesia Theological Seminary, Nashville TN

Visiting Instructor - 2009 – 2010

Course: International Opportunities and Ministries.
Designed the course and materials for the class. Assigned projects to provide students with a better understanding of developing new opportunities for ministry.

Ningxia University, Ningxia China

Visiting Instructor - Summer 2007

Course: Introduction to World Cultures
A course designed to equip local Undergraduate Instructors with a general introduction to World Cultures

Baptist Theological Seminary, Bucharest Romania

Visiting Instructor - Spring 2006

Course: Challenges in International Ministry
Led discussions focused on the challenges of cross-cultural ministry, equipped students with a working knowledge of these challenges and how to overcome them.

Xi’an University, Xi’an China

Visiting Instructor - Summer 2005

Conversational English
Used creative teaching methods to lead discussions on various topics to create student engagement in conversational English.