Sarah Gates, M.A.

Adjunct Professor, Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management

Sarah Gates joined PLNU's College of Extended Learning as an Adjunct Professor in 2016.  She has a Master's Degree in Education, with a specialization in Online Learning. She has been teaching, both online and in the classroom, for over fifteen years. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Media Communications from PLNU, Ms. Gates obtained over a decade of marketing and events management experience, including an Events Manager role at PLNU’s Offices of Strengths and Vocation. She was the Commencement Officer at Ashford University, and later, the Manager of Student Development and Engagement.  Ms. Gates was a credentialed Substitute Teacher for the San Diego Unified School District. She also taught dance at Mira Mesa High School for eleven years.  Her unique experience in both corporate and educational management allows her to help students prepare for real-world leadership.  In her spare time, Ms. Gates enjoys teaching dance, voice and musical theatre at Broadway Theatre Arts Academy, where she is a senior Director and Board Member. 


  • M.A., Education, Online Learning Specialization, National University
  • B.A., Media Communications, Performance Specialization, Point Loma Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Educational Strategies for Student Success – CEL 100
  • Group and Organizational Behavior – MRD 302
  • Capstone Research Interpretation and Evaluation – MRD 420
  • Capstone Research Presentation and Reporting – MRD 424

Experience in Field

  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Adjunct Professor, 2016 – Present
  • San Diego Humane Society, Educator, 2015
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Events Manager Interim, 2015
  • Ashford University, Student Development and Engagement Manager, 2012 – 2014
  • San Diego School District, Substitute Teacher, 2010 - 2011
  • Stewart Title Guarantee Company, Marketing Manager, 2006 – 2009
  • Mira Mesa High School, Associate Dance Teacher, 2005 – 2014
  • Sysco, Marketing Manager, 2004 – 2006

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Broadway Theatre Arts Academy, Board Member - Marketing, 2015 – present
  • SeaWorld San Diego, Performer/Animal Advocate, 2009 – present
  • San Diego Humane Society, Care Center Animal Associate, 2015
  • Christian Youth Theatre, Teacher, 2007 – 2013