APU is committed to fostering an atmosphere wherein academics are not simply taught, but lived.
Professors, experts in their respective fields and passionate about the subjects they teach, challenge and stretch their students to reach their goals. Students are impelled to think critically and analyze thoroughly what they learn in the classroom.
Meet the faculty
Meet the Faculty: Jillian Gilbert, DSL, CLI-CAJillian Gilbert, DSL, specializes in organizational leadership and development, personal leadership development, innovation, and strategy, and has 15 years of international experience, and 10 years of higher education and nonprofit experience. Her published works center around leadership/followership relationships and personal leadership innovation.
Meet the Faculty: Diana Lynn Woods, PhD, APRN-BC, FGSADiana Lynn Woods, PhD, is an associate professor in Azusa Pacific University’s School of Nursing, as well as a nurse practitioner, and researcher. Her focus centers on developing and disseminating new knowledge to strengthen humanistic care for persons with dementia. She brings 25 years of experience researching Alzheimer’s Disease, specifically behavioral symptoms of dementia and sleep disturbances, nonpharmacological and interventions, and understanding the biobehavioral factors, genetic, neuroendocrine, and behavioral indices of stress that contribute to BSD.
Meet the Faculty: Mary Rawlings, Ph.D., LCSWMary Rawlings, Ph.D., LCSW, serves as chair and professor of Azusa Pacific’s Master of Social Work program. Her interest lies in competency-based education, entry-level practice skills, social work education outcome assessments, and experiential learning models. She is also a licensed clinical social worker, where her focus is on women’s issues and chronic and persistent mental illness.
Meet the Faculty: Roberta “Bobbi” Clarke, Ed.D.Roberta Clarke, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of School Counseling and School Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. She has an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from California State University, Long Beach, and brings more than 25 years of PreK-12 public school system experience to the classroom.
Meet the Faculty: Susan Shore, PT, Ph.D.Susan Shore, PT, Ph.D., serves as chair and professor for the Department of Physical Therapy at Azusa Pacific University. She has a Ph.D. in Exercise Science from the University of Toronto. Shore has extensive work experience as a physical therapist, including patient care in the U.S., Canada, Russia, and Romania. Her research interests include the evaluation of adaptive equipment and provision of services for the disabled in the developing world.
Meet the Faculty: Aimee Vadnais, Psy.D., MFTIn addition to her roles at Azusa Pacific University, Aimee Vadnais, Psy.D., MFT, has a private practice in San Diego called Carmel Valley Psychological Services, where she specializes in couples, women’s issues, and infertility. Her clinical interests include positive psychology, emotional intelligence, attachment theory, and sensory processing disorders.
Meet the Faculty: Erin Weaver, M.A.Erin Weaver, M.A., brings years of experience working in the public education system teaching high school art in addition to teaching at Azusa Pacific University since 2011. She has taught all levels, including ceramics, beginning art, design, advanced drawing and painting, and art honors. She is passionate about working with educators who want to further advocate for the arts by demonstrating how art education has the power to create empathetic, focused problem-solvers who use these academic life skills in every facet of their lives.
Meet the Faculty: Christopher Leland, Ph.D.Christopher Leland, Ph.D., is a professor in Azusa Pacific’s Department of Communication Studies and director of the department’s forthcoming graduate program. Leland holds a Ph.D. in political communication from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in rhetoric from the University of Arkansas. During his long career in higher education, Leland has taught a variety of communications-related subjects, from persuasion and argumentation to political communication, often through the lens of faith and a Christian worldview. Leland has significant experience in professional communications settings, including serving as a speechwriter for the National Governors’ Association and working as a consultant to local, regional, and national political campaigns. He also presents at major corporations on various topics that include team building through communication, speaking for success, and communicating the corporate image.
- Rawlings, M. A., Walters-Roman, D., **Olivas, V.**, & Tran, D. (2020, February).* Using simulation to prepare MSW students for public child welfare: Findings from an inter-university collaboration* [Paper presentation]. Developing Future Excellence: Southern Region Workforce Development Conference, Riverside, CA.
- **Schrum, E.** (2020–2021). [Visiting research scholar fellowship]. James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
- **Allbaugh, T.** (2020, February).* Creating compelling characters *[Creative writing panel]. California Creative Writers Conference, Culver City, CA. **Allbaugh, T.** (2020, February). *How to write a memoir that more than your family will want to buy & read* (Or is the public tired of memoirs?) [Nonfiction panel]. California Creative Writers Conference, Culver City, CA.
- **Yu, C. H.**, Law, W., & Gan, S. (February 2020).* Embodied soul: Re-examining Christian dualism in terms of neuroscience and theology *[Paper presentation]. 2020 Southern California Christians in Science Winter Day Conference, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.
- **Vitz, R.** (2020, February).* Rubbing off rough corners: Family love and the formation of social virtues in Hume and classical Confucianism* [Paper presentation]. Hume and His Milieu Conference, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
- **Noah, T.** (2020, February).* Designing effective reflection activities in service-learning courses* [Workshop presentation]. Teaching for Active and Engaged Learning: 2020 Lilly Conference, San Diego, CA. **Noah, T. **(2020, February). *Getting students to talk about the “P” word: Privilege* [Workshop presentation]. Teaching for Active and Engaged Learning: 2020 Lilly Conference, San Diego, CA.
- **Rawlings, M. A.**, Walters-Roman, D., Olivas, V., & Tran, D. (2020, February). *Using simulation to prepare MSW students for public child welfare: Findings from an inter-university collaboration* [Paper presentation]. Developing Future Excellence: Southern Region Workforce Development Conference, Riverside, CA.
- **Alba, B.** (2020, February). *The changing role of the professional school counselor in career pathways and CPAs* [Paper presentation]. Educating for Careers 2020 – Changing the Narrative: CTE for All Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA.
- Roller, R. M., & **Huang, L. K.** (2020). Galileo and global warming: Parallels between the geocentrism debate and current evangelical skepticism about anthropogenic climate change. *Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 72*(1).
- **Ringo, N. A.** (2019). Exploring higher rates of breastfeeding among civilian military wives: A mixed methods study (ProQuest Number: 22619849) [Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona].* ProQuest Dissertations and Thesis Global. *