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Academic Vision 2016

Faith Integration

Deepening our culture of faith integration in the academic realm calls for an application of faith to our work based on unity in essentials, diversity, freedom in non-essentials, and in all things charity. Excellence in theologically informed reflection is paramount to an integration of faith within the context of academic disciplines, professional programs, and lived practice, in order to advance the understanding of Christian higher education and to develop moral leaders who will impact the world.

Faculty development opportunities aid the integration of the Christian faith into every Azusa Pacific University course, and the institution is infused with scholarship that integrates the faith and calling of our faculty, staff, administration, and students.

Current Five-Year Goals (PDF)

Recommendations:

A. Recognition and valuing of faith integration
  1. Recognize and fund faith integration, research, and scholarship.
  2. Develop a subcategory within the Accomplished/Emerging Scholar Awards that recognizes and funds faith integration, research, and scholarship.
    • Goal reassessed and determined that the Accomplished/Emerging Scholar Awards are truly for work on discipline specific issues and though faith integration research may be supported, it is not a separate focus of these awards. Faith integration research on campus is ongoing.
B. Faculty and student scholarly development of faith integration
  1. Promote funding of faith integration and theological research courses for full-time faculty.
  2. Assess faculty ability to articulate how their faith informs their discipline or profession.
  3. Promote development activities to include continued funding of faith integration and theological research courses for full time faculty.
  4. Assess ability to articulate how their faith informs and critiques the content or exercise of their discipline or profession.
    • The Office of Faculty Evaluation has collected data on CFEP requirements for faith integration including the structured role questions, annotated bibliography, and faith integration essay.  The data indicates how many faculty of each were deemed proficient out of the total who had applied for extended contract and rank promotion.
    • The Office of Faculty Evaluation has provided data from IDEA scores (student evaluation of faculty and courses,) and has demonstrated that the faith integration components has increased significantly across all disciplines since 2004
    • The Office of Faith Integration keeps a database of faculty faith integration research
C. Funding
  1. Fund interdisciplinary teaching, seminars, colloquia, conferences, lecture series, and workshops to foster and/or facilitate collaborative interdisciplinary and potentially intercollegiate teaching, scholarship, and research.
  2. Develop faith integration resources (such as learning modules, workshops, online content, or courses) for adjunct faculty, and incentivize participation of adjunct faculty through limited reimbursement or honoraria.
D. Infrastructure and evaluation
  1. Evaluate the faculty faith mentorship program for standards, expectations, accountability, and outcomes.
  2. Institutionalize a master’s program of education for faith integration.
    • Goal reassessed and determined no longer compatible with overall outcomes for integration of faith in all courses at the university.
  3. Develop the infrastructure, funding, and organizational by-laws for an Office of Faith Integration that reaches out to the CCCU and promotes opportunities for faculty and students at APU to demonstrate leadership in faith integration activities across the CCCU.
    • Hosted CCCU New Faculty Orientation with more than 70 participants
    • Report to Academic Cabinet on the 2009 Fall Faculty Workshop Survey Results