Keynote Speakers

  • Jennifer E. Walsh, Ph.D.
    Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Jennifer E. Walsh, Ph.D., is an expert in crime policy, and her academic publications include Three Strikes Laws (Greenwood Press, 2007), “To Do Justly and Love Mercy: Using Scripture to Guide Criminal Justice Policy” in Is the Good Book Good Enough?(Rowman & Littlefield, 2011), and “Three Strikes” in The Routledge History of Crime in America (Taylor & Francis/Routledge, forthcoming). Walsh has also published book chapters on affirmative action and the U.S. Supreme Court, the significance of John Locke on the American Founding, and religious freedom in the U.S. and China. She serves as a Fulbright Peer Review expert in political science and as a frequent consultant to print and broadcast media on a range of issues related to local, state, and national politics.

  • Stephen P. Johnson, DMA
    Dean, College of Music and the Arts

    Before joining Azusa Pacific, Stephen P. Johnson, DMA, served as associate professor of theory and composition and dean of the School of Church Music at Southwestern Seminary. As a composer, his repertory includes various solo, chamber ensemble, large ensemble, and choral/orchestral performing forces that have been performed in recitals, concert halls, and music festivals from Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center to 20th Century Fox Studios. Johnson studied composition with Edwin T. Childs, George Flynn, Kurt Westerberg, Frederick Lesemann, Donald Crockett, and James Hopkins.

  • Robert Welsh, Ph.D., ABPP
    Dean, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

    Robert Welsh, Ph.D., ABPP, is board-certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He co-authored (with Mark Stanton, Ph.D., ABPP) Specialty Competencies in Couple and Family Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2011). Welsh writes and conducts research in the application of nonlinear dynamic systems to problems encountered by professional psychologists, and is particularly interested in the application of systemic methodologies to inform psychotherapy outcome research, forensic psychology practice, and local and global conflict.