Allen J. Bedford

Dean of Academics

Dr. Bedford has served as Bryn Athyn College’s Dean of Academics/Chief Academic Officer since 2010. He joined the faculty at Bryn Athyn in 1995, and helped the institution launch its first science major. Before being appointed CAO, Dr. Bedford served as science department chair (2004-2009), director of institutional outcomes assessment (2007-2010), and chair of the curriculum committee (2002-2010). As science department chair he led the faculty design team for the Doering Center laboratory and classroom spaces (2007-2008). Bedford also led the development and implementation of a completely overhauled general education program and established institutional practices in student learning outcomes assessment. As dean he chaired the institution’s decennial self-study review (2011-2013).

Dr. Bedford enjoys drawing his students into the tension between what we observe and how we understand those observations. The study of chemistry demands attention to observed fact, while also constructing meaning from those facts so that we can understand phenomena well enough to predict outcomes in unfamiliar settings. Theory and observation create tension because the two constantly challenge each other. Dr. Bedford’s research interests include exploring the tension between science and religion.


  • PhD, Temple University, Chemistry
  • MA, Temple University, Chemistry
  • BA, Bryn Athyn College, English and Science


  • CIC Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers, 2013
  • Selected to participate in the American Academic Leadership Institute’s 2017-2018 Executive Leadership Academy
  • Peer evaluator for Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • Navigating the tension between faith and science
  • Protein chemistry
  • Institutional strategic planning and assessment
  • Curriculum Development
  • Academic program metrics and targets
  • Institutional accreditation
Pendleton Hall 112