Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, concentration in Adult Learning, Quantitative Research Methods cognate, University of Denver, Denver, CO, February 2008
  • Master of Arts, Educational Psychology, specialization in Gifted Education, Pi Lambda Theta, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, August 1994
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, May 1993

Professional Credentials & Memberships

  • Myers-Briggs® Type Indicator (MBTI®) Certified Administrator, fall 2001-present
  • Peer Reviewer/Consultant Evaluator, Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
  • American Association of Women in Community Colleges

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Regis University, Dean, School of Education, Denver, CO, 2012-present
  • Arapahoe Community College:
    • Dean, Liberal Arts & Professional Programs, Littleton, CO, July 2007-2012
    • Interim Dean, Business & Professional Services, Littleton, CO, August 2006-July 2007
    • Dean, Instructional Support, Littleton, CO, April 2006-August 2006
    • Dean, Institutional Effectiveness & Learning Support Services, Littleton, CO, July 2005-March 2006
  • Colorado Christian University:
    • Director, Teaching & Learning Center, Lakewood, CO, March 2003-July 2005
    • Director, Faculty & Academic Services, Lakewood, CO, June 2002-March 2003
    • Affiliate Faculty, graduate level, Lakewood, CO, January 2003-present
  • University of Denver:
    • Adjunct Faculty, doctoral level, Daniels College of Business, Denver, CO, January 2010-present
    • Senior Program Coordinator, Institute for Executive & Professional Development, Daniels College of Business, Denver, CO, January 2000-June 2002
    • Career Advisor, Career Placement Center, Denver, CO, October 1999-January 2000
  • Westwood College of Technology:
    • Senior Career Advisor, Denver, CO, June 1999-October 1999
    • Interim Director/Consultant, Career Development Services, Denver, CO, March 1999-June 1999
    • Acting Director/Consultant, Student Services, Denver, CO, November 1998-January 1999
  • Denver Technical College:
    • Student Success Coordinator, Denver, CO, April 1997-March 1998
    • General Education Chair, Denver, CO, December 1996-April 1997
    • English Chair, Denver, CO, November 1996-December 1996
    • Adjunct Faculty, Denver, CO, September 1996-March 1998
  • Central Carolina Community College, Nursing Admissions Counselor and Student Ambassador Program Manager, Sanford, NC, March 1995-August 1996
  • University of Northern Colorado, Graduate Research Assistant, Greeley, CO, August 1993-June 1994 and January 1999-June 1999

Research & Scholarship

Publications and Presentations

  • Oakes, J.  “Class Design for Adults, by Adults--Transitional Learning Strategies.”  CAEL Colorado Adult Learning Symposium.  July, 2014.
  • Oakes, J.  “In Ignatian Footsteps: Training and Educating Adults in the 21st Century.”  Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal.  Volume 2, Number 2, November 2013.
  • Chrislip, D. & Oakes, J.  “Beyond Instructional Units:  Lessons From Our First Year of Institution-Wide Assessment.”  Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference.  April, 2012.
  • Oakes, J.  “Women Faculty & Faculty of Color:  A National Study of Community College Faculty and Centralized Community College Systems”.  Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference, Track 6 (Challenges & Opportunities for Organizational Leadership).  April, 2009.
  • Oakes, J. & Gaasvig, K.  “Facilitating P-20 Pathways Through K-12/Community College Consortia.”  League of Innovation National Conference.  Denver, Colorado.  March, 2008
  • Oakes, J. L., “Women As Capable Leaders in Higher Education Administration: An Historical Journey with Implications for Professional Mentoring.”  A Leadership Journal: Women in Leadership – Sharing the Vision.  Volume 3, Number 2, Spring 1999.
  • Oakes, J. L., “Rational Feminism”.  Annual University of Northern Colorado Graduate Scholarship Symposium, Greeley, CO.  April 1999.

Awards & Recognition

  • American Association of Women in Community Colleges Regional Leadership Institute, August, 2010
  • Arapahoe Community College, Nominee, Administrator of the Year, 2009 & 2011
  • Arapahoe Community College, You Make the Difference Award, December, 2006
  • Colorado Christian University, Apple Award for Excellence, spring 2005
  • Colorado Christian University, Nominee, Staff Member of the Year, spring 2004
  • University of Denver, Nominee, Daniels Award for Excellence, spring 2001
  • “Friend of Westwood College”, Award for outstanding contributions, 1999
  • Denver Technical College, Customer Service Award, 1998
  • Donor, U.S. Citadel, Steven Michael Wildman Endowed Scholarship

Community Involvement & Service

Higher Learning Commission - North Central Association

  • AQIP Institutional Accreditation Peer Reviewer, 2010-present
  • AQIP Action Project Reviewer, 2007-present

American Association of Women in Community Colleges

  • Founding Member, 2010-present
  • Membership Chair, 2011-2012

Colorado Community College Deans’ Council

  • Council Member, 2007-2012
  • President-Elect, 2011-2012
  • Secretary/Treasurer, 2010-2011

 Colorado Association of Career & Technical Administrators (CACTA)

  • Past President, 2010-2011
  • President, 2009-2010
  • President-Elect, 2008-2009
  • Community College Liaison & Webmaster, 2007-2009
  • Member, 2006-2012

University of Denver

  • Women Advocating Change Member, 1999-2002
  • Volunteer Day, Volunteer Coordinator, spring 2000

Other Service

  • Littleton Immigrant Integration Initiative, Board Member, 2010-2012
  • Arapahoe-Douglas Career and Technical School, Arapahoe Community College Representative, Council of Directors, 2006-2009
  • Arapahoe Community College, Town & Gown Society, Secretary, 2006-2008
  • Colorado Community College System (CCCS) Perkins Field Planning Council, 2006-2007
  • Ronald McDonald House of Denver, Volunteer Weekend Manager, 1999-2002