Current Projects

The Beverly H. Stanford Faculty Fellowship began in 2007-08 and allows an APU faculty member to work on a significant research project with potential to make a major contribution to our current understandings of ethics and values, broadly defined, in human culture and society. Chosen through a competitive selection process from among full-time faculty at the university, the Stanford Fellow will be given office space, research assistance, and release time from teaching in order to devote an entire semester to his or her scholarship. The recipient will be asked to give a lecture on his or her research topic during the semester following the completion of the fellowship.

The Stanford Faculty Fellowship honors Professor Emerita Beverly Hardcastle Stanford, who was instrumental in building a culture of scholarship at Azusa Pacific University. In her 17 years as a faculty member and administrator, Stanford served many roles, including associate chair of the Education Department, director of Faculty Research, and also director of the Center for Research on Ethics and Values. A prolific scholar, Stanford is the author of Becoming a Teacher (6th edition, 2003) and, with co-author Kaoru Yamamoto, Children and Stress: Understanding and Helping (2001). She has also written numerous articles and lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad. Beverly Stanford was not only a scholar in her own right but a champion of scholarship throughout the university, tirelessly promoting the research of others, as well as a beloved teacher of literally thousands of students who went on to become teachers.

The CREV Faculty Seminars were inaugurated in 2006 by Carole Lambert, director of Faculty Research at Azusa Pacific University. These interdisciplinary seminars meet each week for the semester, allowing selected faculty members to gain valuable feedback from their colleagues while conducting scholarly research and writing projects on topics related to ethics and values.

The James Hedges Lecture Series exists to celebrate the written word through a series of endowed lectures by poets, prose writers, playwrights, or literary critics. Co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Center for Research in Ethics and Values, this lecture series showcases writers who imaginatively explore the world in which we live through their creative use of language and literary forms, whether in poetry or prose.

This lecture series honors one of Azusa Pacific University’s most distinguished professors: James Hedges, Ph.D., professor of English from 1974 to 2005. For more than a quarter of a century, from 1979 until his retirement in 2005, Hedges served in an administrative role as chair of the Division of Communication Arts, chair of the Department of English and Communication, then Chair of the Department of English. Under his leadership, the Department of English grew to more than 100 majors and more than 15 full-time faculty to become one of the largest academic units in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He also taught some 20 different courses, including a course in Children’s Literature that he created and taught to generations of students training to be teachers. He led numerous study tours to the British Isles.

Hedges was the Chase A. Sawtell Inspirational Teacher of the Year in 2001, and was recognized for sponsoring the Outstanding Chapter sponsor of the Far West by the National Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society in 2001. As Professor Emeritus, he directed the APU Oxford Semester in 2006-07. Hedges exemplifies APU teaching at its best: wide-ranging and guided by great personal wisdom. The annual lectureship is held in appreciation of professor Hedges’ years of commitment and contribution to Azusa Pacific University; it continues, in his spirit, to enrich the university community through a celebration of the written word, one of God’s greatest gifts to us. The recipient of the James Hedges Lectureship will be a major writer of national stature whose work is relevant and recognized in the general community of scholars and writers.