Nina E. Ashur, Ed.D.
Director and Associate Professor

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3328
Fax: (626) 815-3859


Nina Ashur is the director of the LEC and an associate professor at Azusa Pacific University, where she has been on the faculty since 1993. She coordinates a variety of non-remedial, academic support for students that encompasses tutoring, supplemental instruction, disability accommodations, freshman proficiency testing, test proctor services, and administration of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). For more than 20 years, Ashur held positions as teacher and administrator in various public school districts working with students from preschool developmental levels to high school. She also held a faculty position in the community college system, during which time she served on the Faculty Development Committee for the Academic Senate of California Community Colleges. Currently, Ashur is an Advisory Board member of The College Board-CLEP in New York.

Teaching Interests

Ashur coordinates services with academic departments. She works to address issues surrounding math anxiety and success, and the support and tracking of students who are considered “at risk.” Ashur has taught in APU's School of Education: Department of Advanced Studies and in the School of Adult Professional Studies. Ashur specializes in human growth and development, authentic assessment and evaluation, and issues in education addressing literacy, and effective development of students.

Research Interests

The human relations aspect in the process of learning forms the basis for Ashur’s research interests. Her current research includes the lives of teachers in the Waldorf Schools, the Waldorf curriculum, and the impact on student learning. In addition, she is interested in issues regarding students of color and their experiences in the academic environment.

Professional Activities

2008 Essay: “Leap Learner.” First place winner of the Townsend Press College Teacher Essay Contest

2004 Presentation: “The Waldorf Teacher.” A Qualitative Study: Sabbatical Research. Azusa Pacific University, California

2001 Presentation: “Establishing Criteria and Standards for Grading.” College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Faculty Retreat, Glendora, California

2000 Ashur, N.E. The Waldorf Teacher. Waldorf Research Journal. New York

1999 Presentation: “Designing and Implementing VSI for College Algebra.” The National Conference on Supplemental Instruction and Video-Based Supplemental Instruction. University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri

1997 Presentation: “Learning Styles: Perceptual and Communication Modalities.” Maranatha High School, Sierra Madre, California

1997 Panel Participant: “Women in the Academy: Perceptions to Realities.” Independent California College and University Faculty Association, Biola University, La Mirada, California

1996 Ashur, N. E. Worship in Black and White: Christian Worship and Synthesis of African American and European American Ethnic Groups. In Search of Unity, Azusa Pacific University Monograph, Azusa, California (9-25)

Educational Background

Ed.D. Educational Management 1991, University of La Verne, California; M.A. Education (Special Education Emphasis) 1980, California State University, Los Angeles, California; B.A. Music 1977 (Cum Laude) California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California