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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: Warren Koch, Ph.D.
Warren Koch, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Cinematic Arts at Azusa Pacific University. He has a Ph.D. from Regent University and teaches both production and theory courses related to film and television. Previously, Koch also led student service teams to Tanzania, Cambodia, and the Czech Republic. More recently, Koch traveled to Myanmar/Burma to teach a screenwriting seminar to Burmese Christians who are forming a media company.
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Meet the Faculty: Diana Lynn Woods, PhD, APRN-BC, FGSA
Diana 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: Calvin Roso, Ed.D.
Calvin Roso, Ed.D., professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Azusa Pacific University, brings more than 20 years of experience in education with a focus on K-12 educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, faith and learning integration, and comparative education. Having worked as an educational consultant both within the U.S. and abroad, Roso is experienced in accreditation, faculty professional development, and online course development with an emphasis in curriculum development and faculty training. He has written for scholarly publications on topics including faith and learning integration, orphan education, and Jewish day school education.
Meet the Faculty: Greg Bellinder, M.S.
Greg Bellinder, M.S., is the program director and assistant professor in Azusa Pacific’s adapted physical education program, teaching classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Prior to joining APU, Bellinder worked for a Southern California school district for 11 years as an adapted PE specialist, teaching physical education to students with wide-ranging disabilities. He is passionate about the inclusion of students with disabilities in physical education classes with their nondisabled peers.
Meet the Faculty: Windy Petrie, Ph.D.
Windy Petrie, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the Department of English. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware and specializes in literary autobiography, transatlantic authorship and readership in the long 19th century, and the representation of faith in 18th century Victorian novels. Petrie is a former Fulbright Scholar to Lithuania, where she lectured on tropes of exile in 19th and 20th century novels, as well as the roles of women and minorities in American literary history.
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Meet the Faculty: Nery Gabriel Lemus, MFA
Nery Gabriel Lemus is a Los Angeles-based artist and director of Azusa Pacific’s Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art. The subjects in his work range from issues of division, stereotype, and immigration to problems in society that can lead to the failure of families. Lemus received his BFA at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and his MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. Lemus also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout Southern California, as well as national and international galleries.
Meet the Faculty: Brandy N. Chappell, Ph.D., GIST
Brandy N. Chappell, Ph.D., GIST, is the faculty director for Azusa Pacific University's Center for Public Affairs in Sacramento. Dr. Chappell has a strong background in campaign, events management, local government, and nonprofit organization work. She worked as a staff member for elected officials, at educational institutions and for community and economic development corporations. She specializes in Urban and Social Policy, Housing and Economic Development, Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) and Public Health. Throughout her experience, she's seen the power of bringing empathy and a Christ-centered frame of mind to the challenges facing the state of California.
Meet the Faculty: Jillian Gilbert, DSL, CLI-CA
Jillian 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.
About Azusa Pacific Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical, Christian university located near Los Angeles in Southern California. Established in 1899, the university continues its mission to educate and equip students to make a difference in the world.
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