Faculty Awards

Azusa Pacific University faculty are scholars and mentors committed to helping students become purpose-driven servants who will make a positive impact on society. The university presents a number of awards to recognize particular faculty members who personify this commitment.

The Chase A. Sawtell Inspirational Faculty Award
and the
Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award

Each year, Azusa Pacific University presents an award to each of two worthy faculty members. They are The Chase A. Sawtell Inspirational Faculty Award and The Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, which were funded for two years initially by the Sears Roebuck Foundation. These awards are presented at the Fall Faculty Workshop and each is accompanied by a memento and an honorarium of $2,000.

Criteria for the Chase A. Sawtell
Inspirational Faculty Award

The recipient shall be a full-time APU faculty member with a minimum of two full-time years of service at APU; shall model significant faculty involvement in the lives of students; shall have a strong Christian influence in the lives of students, peers, alumni, and administrative staff; and shall be seen as living a life of service to others, affirming the worth of each person as a unique individual created by God. Past recipients are not eligible for five years after receiving the award.

Criteria for the Teaching Excellence
and Campus Leadership Award

The recipient shall be a faculty member who has made a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the university in such areas as model classroom teaching, campus leadership, pioneering teaching methodology, creative course development and/or instructional support. Past recipients are not eligible for five years after receiving the award.

Past Recipients

SawtellTeaching Excellence
1988Chase A. Sawtell
English
N/A
1989Matthew Touhey
Social Work
N/A
1990Terry Franson
Physical Education
Bruce Baloian
Religion
1991Wendel Scarbrough
Computer Science
Carole Lambert
English
1992Al Clifft
Music
David Weeks
Political Science
1993Bruce Baloian
Religion
John Hartley
Religion
1994Carole Lambert
English
Beverly Stanford
Education
1995June Hamlow
Modern Languages
Bruce Simmerok
Education
1996Stan Deal
Business and Management
Bill Catling
Art
1997Clarence Butz
Business and Management
Ann Croissant
Education
1998Marv McKissick
Music
Don Isaak
Mathematics and Physics
1999Ilene Bezjian
Business and Management
Cahleen Shrier
Biology
2000Glenn Austin
Music
Nancy Brashear
Education
2001Jim Hedges
English
Earl Grant
Theology
2002Diana Glyer
English
Orlando Griego
Business and Management
2003Michael Laymon
Physical Therapy
Gary Lemaster
Business and Management
2004Kimberly Battle-Walters
Social Work
Jan Kodat
Physical Therapy
2005Guy Kinnear
Art
Phil Shackleton
Music
2006Bryan Lamkin
History and Political Science
William Yarchin
Theology
2007Roger Conover
Business
Renee Pozza
Nursing
2008Rodney Cathey
Music
Thomas Allbaugh
English
2009Mary Rawlings
Social Work
Elizabeth Leahy
University Libraries
2010Stephen Lambert
Undergraduate Psychology
Jennifer Walsh
History and Political Science
2011Harold Clousing
Music
Michael Lee
Music
2012Frank Berry
Adult and Professional Studies
Kathleen Bacer
Educational Tech. and P.E.
2013Tedd Szeto
Mathematics and Physics
Sharon Lehman
Exercise and Sport Science

Scholarly Achievement Award
(Graduate and Undergraduate)

The award for scholarly achievement is given to a faculty member who values and promotes scholarship through discovery, integration, or application, and actively supports dissemination of that work through presentations and publications. The individual selected is one who recognizes the linkages between active scholarship, teaching, student learning and service.

These awards are presented at the Fall Faculty Workshop and each is accompanied by a memento and an honorarium of $2,000.

Past Recipients

GraduateUndergraduate
2000Kathryn Scorgie
Education
Vicky Bowden
Nursing
2001John Hartley
Theology
Bill McCarty
Business
2002Marsha Fowler
Nursing and Theology
Gerald Wilson
Religion
2003Felicitas dela Cruz
Nursing
Joseph Bentz
English
2004Marianne Hattar
Nursing
Emily Griesinger
English
2005Laurie Schreiner
Higher Education and Organizational Leadership
Kenneth Waters Sr.
Theology
2006Kevin Reimer
Graduate Psychology
Donald Isaak
Math and Physics
2007Kimasi Browne
Music
Carole Lambert
Academic Research
and Grants
2008Cheryl Canary
Nursing
Diana Glyer
English
2009Carol Lundberg
College Counseling
and Student Development
Jim Willis
Communication Studies
2010Don Thorsen
Theology
Samuel Sambasivam
Computer Science
2011Robert Welsh
Graduate Psychology
Monica Ganas
Theater Arts
2012Gary James Daichendt
Art and Design
B.J. Oropeza
Biblical Studies
2013Vivien Dee
Nursing
Thomas Parham
Cinematic Arts

In 2007, the Graduate Scholarly Achievement Award name was changed to the Rose Liegler Graduate Scholarly Achievement Award.

Alice V. Watkins Imago Dei Ethos Award

The Alice V. Watkins Imago Dei Ethos Award, named for Alice V. Watkins, Ph.D., former dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies, recognizes those who play a substantial role in supporting underrepresented professionals at the university and advancing diversity in higher education.

Past Recipients

2003David Miyahara
2004Sue Clark
2005Mark Eaton
2006None
2007Thomas Andrews
Library
2008Carol Lundberg
Higher Education and Organizational Leadership
2009Judy Hutchinson
Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research

and

Jon R. Wallace
President
2010Nilsa Thorsos
Special Education
2011Pam Christian
Doctoral Studies in Education
2012Christopher Bassey
Mathematics and Physics
2013Annie Tsai
Psychology

Service-Learning Cornerstones Award

The Service-Learning Cornerstones Award is given to the faculty member who has most clearly integrated Azusa Pacific’s Four Cornerstones of Christ, Scholarship, Community, and Service.

Past Recipients

2005Sean Rochelle
2006Karen Sorenson
2007Bryan Lamkin
2008Melanie Weaver
2009None
2010Stuart Strother
2011Paul Flores
2012Robert “Bobby” Duke
Biblical Studies
2013Mary Rawlings
Social Work

In 2010, the Service-Learning Cornerstones Award was added to the provost’s annual faculty awards (previously awarded by the Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research). The Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research will submit two nominations to the Academic Cabinet, and the cabinet members will select one of those two candidates.