Welcome to the Office of the Provost's communication portal!

Please, click here or email provost@apu.edu to communicate with 
Azusa Pacific University's Provost, Dr. Mark StantonThank you!

Congratulations to Dr. Kimberly Battle-Walters Denu!

posted Apr 20, 2018, 3:39 PM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 3:40 PM ]

Dr. Kimberly Battle-Walters Denu has been offered a one-year research and teaching Fulbright Grant to the University of Gondar in Ethiopia! Dr. Denu's research will focus on "Identifying Structural and Cultural Contributors and Impediments to Ethiopian Women Faculty Applying to or Completing Doctoral Programs in Ethiopia.”

Though she will be greatly missed, the Office of the Provost wishes Dr. Denu and her family all the best on their journey. Congratulations, Dr. Denu!

Faculty, if you are interested in applying for a Fulbright, click here for more information.

APU's Hispanic Serving Institution Status Successfully Resubmitted

posted Apr 20, 2018, 3:21 PM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 3:53 PM ]

The Office of the Chief Diversity Officer/Vice President, Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity, and Office of Institutional Research and Assessment are pleased to announce that Azusa Pacific University successfully resubmitted eligibility requirements for status as a Hispanic Serving Institution. As a result of receiving this designation APU is eligible to apply for Title V funding. Azusa Pacific University is dedicated to creating and advancing programs that support the unique needs of racial/ethnic undergraduate and graduate students. This designation will specifically highlight the targeted outreach and support for Hispanic Americans, students of color, and underrepresented students.

Current programs and services allow APU to receive HSI status. A variety of programs were designed specifically to increase the higher educational opportunities for students of color. These include

·        Multi-Ethnic Leadership (MEL) Scholarship

·        The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU)

·        AGAPE Scholarship

·        Black Male Success Initiative

·        Latino Male Success Initiative

·        Pathway Scholars Program

·        Connections

·        Ethnic Organization Support

·        The GEN1 Scholars Program

·        Student Success Initiatives

·        The GEN1 Scholars Program

·        Student Success Initiatives/First Year Seminar (FYS)

·        The TRiO io Student Support Services (SSS) Grant

·        Diversity Ambassador Program


Programs and services that are under development are

·        The Academic Success Launch Program

·        TRiO Upward Bound (UB)

·        Inclusive Excellence Grant: Building Capacity within Institution

·        Diversity Ambassador Program – Expanding Services to include cabinet leadership and strategic planning support


APU will build upon the foundation of the programs listed above in order to proactively seek out HSI funding. President Jon Wallace recently noted in a Diversity Mosaic Experience (DME) video that “we are not where we used to be, we are not where we want to be, but we are on that journey to this place that will reflect the diversity of greater LA.”  The HSI designation is a means to pursue our collective responsibility to increase higher educational opportunities for Hispanic/Latino(a) and all students at APU.

Congratulations, Carrie Miller, PhD, Incoming GE Director

posted Apr 20, 2018, 2:55 PM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 3:52 PM ]

After ten years of service as the Director of General Education, Dr. Bryan Lamkin, Professor in the Department of History and Political Science, will be stepping down from this role on June 30, 2018. Dr. Lamkin helped guide the campus through the revision and implementation of a new General Education Program that was rolled out in fall 2016. We are grateful for his service and wish him well as he returns to full-time faculty responsibilities.

We are pleased to introduce the next Director of General Education, Dr. Carrie Miller, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry. Dr. Miller, who did her graduate work at Notre Dame and a post-doc at Georgetown, has a love for the liberal arts and learning that was ignited in her undergraduate study at Wittenberg University in Ohio. She has a passion for helping and mentoring her students, both academically and personally, and has been part of the General Education Council since the spring of 2013. She served as the chair of the GEC for three years and as the chair of the General Education Assessment Committee for five years.

In working with the various aspects of General Education, Dr. Miller has proven herself to be an amazing leader. She is efficient, visionary, balanced, and has a warmth and caring that is infectious. Her leadership has been invaluable in getting the General Education Program to its present state and her belief in the value of broad-based learning will assure that the goals of the program will continue to be vibrant and relevant for years to come.

Please welcome Dr. Miller to her new role as Director of General Education, to begin July 1, 2018. The position reports to Dr. Vicky Bowden, Vice Provost. Dr. Miller will also continue teaching within the Department of Biology and Chemistry.

Electronic Event Ticket and Parking Pass Reservation Instructions

posted Apr 3, 2018, 1:07 PM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 4:03 PM ]

Electronic Tickets can only be ordered online from MONDAY, APRIL 23RD, 9AM to FRIDAY, MAY 4TH, 11:59PM.

Please click on the ticketing website link: http://apugraduationtickets.universitytickets.com/site_admin/default.asp

You will be able to order ONE Event Ticket and ONE Parking Pass for one or both of the following ceremonies:

       9:30 am  Graduate Ceremony

       6:00 pm  Traditional and Professional Undergraduate Ceremony

Commencement Parking Passes are REQUIRED for all vehicles. Your regular APU Parking Permits will not be honored on the day of commencement and will not give you access to any APU parking lots.

Our Ticket vendor, University Tickets, will now use your APU email address and your campus ID number to log in.

For example, to register enter

    Your APU Email Address: tsmith@apu.edu

    Your Campus ID: 000278989

You will be able to return to the website at any time to view and print your FREE Event Ticket and Parking Pass.

In an effort to save paper, please save these tickets to your phone to be scanned upon entrance into the Stadium. 

If you have any issues during the ordering process, please do not hesitate to call or email Event Services at (626) 815-5494 or eventservices@apu.edu.

Confident Pluralism—Chapter 6 Response from Dr. Rukshan Fernando

posted Apr 3, 2018, 12:53 PM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 4:04 PM ]

Collective Action: Protests, Boycotts, and Strikes 
Rukshan Fernando, PhD, MSW

In Luke 12:13, Jesus is confronted by a person asking him to mediate a conflict over his family’s estate. Jesus could have presented ways of dividing a family estate. Instead, Jesus instead surprises us. Rather than discussing the merits of investing or pursuing healthy familial relationships, Jesus uses a parable to caution us against storing up possessions on earth. Jesus often calls us to a third way, an undiscovered path hidden by our limited perspective or understanding. People expected Jesus to resolve their problems by offering clear-cut, binary solutions for what were really complex and nuanced problems. In this case, Jesus responded by focusing on the larger issue rather than the letter of the law or the specifics of the problem: the issue of how to evaluate affluence, simplicity, comfort, and material wealth.

In today’s post-Christian world, Christian values are not the lens through which we consider public policy decisions. Again, Jesus calls us to the complexity of a third way, one that compels us to engage issues of class, education, and race with nuance and criticality, without clinging to dogmatic beliefs. As Christian scholars, are we reactive or pro-active in engaging the issues of our time? For example, are Christian universities and organizations tackling issues of black lives, female leadership, sexual harassment, and gender identity? Or are we late and reluctant participants in the public square, preferring to “hunker down” in own camp rather than reaching out across difference in order to embody the wholeness of the gospel?

In Chapter 7, Inazu (2016) addresses issues pertaining to collective action and protest. He focuses on how we engage in collective action through examining boycotts and protests. He raises the question of how we, as faculty, might engage in collective action in the way of Jesus by raising the level of discourse surrounding complex social, political, religious, and environmental issues. Jesus and his disciples model a microcosm of a group of believers engaging a pluralist community. They represented a variety of sociopolitical perspectives and backgrounds, and included a zealot, a tax collector, fishermen, a thief and a tradesman. In the first century world, they would not have been natural friends, yet they spent three years together following Jesus; all but one were martyred because of their commitment to him.

Therefore, in thinking back to Chapter 7, how do we, as Christian scholars, raise the level of civil discourse by engaging in collective action against certain groups while still affirming their humanity and personhood? How do we raise the level of civil discourse and engage in vigorous and robust debate, while at the same time affirming and valuing “the other”? How do we remain “civil” and “unified” without “keeping people in their place” or “being so heavenly minded that we’re of no earthly good?” Can we, as Christian academics, be concerned with the principalities and systems that stand in the way of God’s redeeming work in the world? Moreover, can we deconstruct how our own privilege and social location impact our perspective toward conflict, and how some identities have been either advantaged or disadvantaged by power structures which seek to keep marginalized groups from experiencing human flourishing? 

In light of Christ’s third way, how might we actualize collective action? While APU’s mission does not speak to collective action directly, this chapter encourages us to consider how APU could be an incubator of collective action for the common good. I contend that we need to be an institution where faculty, staff, administrators, and the board of trustees can come together to face the pressing issues of our day. Called to engage with the beliefs of our own zealots, tax-collectors, fisher folk, and tradespeople, we embody the life and teaching of Jesus as we do this work. For this there is no formula—different parts of the body of Christ play different roles in partnering with God to do his collective active work on earth as it is in heaven. We dialogue with, actively engage, and serve those inside and outside of our APU community who hold opposing ideas or beliefs to our own. We cannot entrench ourselves in the foxhole of our social media feed, refusing to critically encounter the perspectives and views of the other. In a time of increased polarization and dissention, we have the opportunity as educators to empower our students with the knowledge, character, and affect to engage the world for Christ and his kingdom, as opposed to running away, condemning, or fearing it.

LEC Exam Proctoring Guidelines

posted Mar 21, 2018, 10:21 AM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Mar 21, 2018, 10:27 AM ]

Dear APU faculty,

Thank you for taking a moment to review our exam proctoring protocol in the Learning Enrichment Center. As you know, we mostly serve our APU students with disabilities who need extended time or an active 1-on-1 proctor. By the way, thank you for the many exams you send our way, with clear instructions. We realize it's an extra step in your busy day, but so valuable and appreciated!

From time to time the LEC receives requests from faculty to proctor exams for students who do not have disability accommodations. Our proctoring services are primarily for students with disabilities. The expectation would be that exams for students without disabilities can be proctored within your department. However, as an exception in unusual circumstances we do have limited capacity on the Azusa campus to serve these appointments as well.

In these exceptional cases (i.e. APU makeup exams, APU independent study exams), students may use our online booking website.

Here is how it works:

Student responsibility:
1. Self-select a proctoring appointment at: lec.youcanbook.me
2. Ask your professor to send your exam to lecexam@apu.edu.

Professor responsibility:
Send exam via email, to lecexam@apu.edu. (We prefer 24 hours in advance.) 

Please include:
  1. Name of student and the name of the Course
  2. Exam instructions, materials allowed/prohibited, and length of time allowed
  3. Attach the exam, in pdf format
Please let us know if you have any questions about students taking exams in the Learning Enrichment Center. We enjoy our partnership with you. Thank you!

Heather McClure, MA Spec.Ed.
Director of the Learning Enrichment Center 
(626) 815-3849
fax:(626) 815-3859

Fulbright Scholar Program Competition Open Now

posted Mar 21, 2018, 10:15 AM by Rebecca Cantor

2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Competition Opens

We are excited to announce that the 2019-2020 competition for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is now open! The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research and combination teaching/research awards in 137 countries for the 2019-2020 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. 

Explore awards using our Catalog of Awards. Highlights from 465 awards offered in this year’s competition include:

Postdoctoral and Early Career Awards
Fulbright presents excellent opportunities for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields, all while serving as cultural ambassadors. Postdoctoral awards are available in all fields of study, from STEM, to the arts, humanities and social sciences. 

Fulbright Flex Awards

Fulbright welcomes applications from scholars who propose multiple, short-term stays in the host country over a period of one to two years. The Flex option is available to scholars interested in research, teaching, or pursuing a combination of teaching and research. The catalog of awards will give detailed information on the Flex parameters for each participating country.

Fulbright Global Scholar Award
The Fulbright Global Scholar Award provides support for U.S. academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to propose research or combined teaching/research activity in two to three countries with flexible schedule options; trips can be conducted within one academic year or spread over two consecutive years. Projects are welcome in all disciplines, as well as those with an interdisciplinary focus.

New Awards
Several countries have added new awards for the 2019-2020 competition:

Find out more about the 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition by joining our webinar on Friday, March 9joining one of our upcoming webinars or virtual advising sessions, and browsing helpful resources:

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online Catalog of AwardsThe application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2018.

APU Connect in Action!

posted Mar 21, 2018, 9:48 AM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Mar 21, 2018, 9:48 AM ]

The Office of Alumni Engagement awarded three undergraduate students Breana Schricker ‘19, Social Work student, Catherine Alvarado ‘18, Business Management student, and Raisa Recto ‘18, Psychology student, a spring break grant to visit alumni who have graduated with their same major. The awardees networked with alumni in Oregon, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles. Students gained experience in their field of interest and grew in their career development while alumni engaged in giving back to APU!

The awardee Breana was able to job shadow attorney Peggy Bristol ’97; she attended a hearing at the San Francisco immigration court, an International Women’s Day event where Peggy was invited to be a guest speaker, and visited offices at the Oakland Peace Center. In addition, Breanna gained insight and resources from alumni Mary Suneetha ’09, Alicia Schoenfeld ’04, Lindsey Towne ’15, Elizabet Medina ‘11, Ally Mallon. Breana stated, “As an undergraduate student, I've got my qualms about finding a job post-graduation. However, meeting with alumni in my future profession gave me the vision, energy, and tools to believe that I can reach my goals.” For more information about Breana’s experience in the Bay area click here

Awardee Catherine had the opportunity to connect with alumni Gina Christensen ‘13 Jacob Gifford ’16, Amy Cheek ‘08 employers from Adidas, Nike, and Trail Blazers. Catherine was able to visit Nike and Adidas campuses, learn about the organizations, and connect with multiple employers. She has a passion for people, business, and the sports industry. For more information about Catherine’s experience in Portland, Oregon click here

Thanks to all the alumni that hosted and invested in our students! If you would like to get involved in the future, check out APU Connect at apuconnect.com or email alumni@apu.edu.

Dr. Marsha Fowler has been offered a 2019 Fulbright Research Award!

posted Mar 21, 2018, 9:30 AM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Mar 21, 2018, 9:30 AM ]

Dr. Fowler’s research will focus on an analysis of the first hundred years of nursing ethics, 1800s—1965, and the disjunction between nursing’s heritage ethics and the discipline of bioethics. 

She hopes to forge a new approach to ethics in nursing, one that will encompass early nursing leaders’ moral vision for the profession, their belief in the centrality of ethics in the curriculum and practice; their sense of nursing’s moral identity, ethical duties, and essential virtues of the nurse; and notions of the good that arise from within the situated nursing experience of caring for others.

Congratulations, Dr. Fowler! Faculty, if you are interested in applying for a Fulbright, click here for more information.

Faculty Commons Grand Opening!

posted Mar 8, 2018, 9:01 PM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Mar 9, 2018, 6:23 PM ]

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