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Meet the faculty
Meet the Faculty: George Thomas, Ph.D.George Thomas, Ph.D., serves as chair and professor in the Department of Engineering and Computer Science at Azusa Pacific University. He earned his doctorate in electrical communications engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and worked for 10 years in satellite communications before entering academia as a faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, where he taught and conducted research in communications engineering and helped lead his department’s growth over a span of 28 years.
Meet the Faculty: Courtney W. Davis, Ph.D.Courtney Wong Davis, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of communication studies at Azusa Pacific University, where she teaches organizational, small group, and professional communication. Her research interests include organizational socialization and assimilation, specifically focused on organizational entry and exit, in addition to intergenerational communication and organizational identification. Her scholarship has been published in the Western Journal of Communication, Communication Quarterly, and The Handbook of Intergroup Communication.
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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Meet the Faculty: Roxanne Helm-Stevens, DBARoxanne Helm-Stevens, DBA, serves as chair and professor for the Department of Management and Graduate Programs in Azusa Pacific University’s School of Business and Management. She has a DBA in Strategic Management from Alliant International University. Prior to joining APU, Helm-Stevens worked in public and private industry for 20 years, holding management positions in various industries. Throughout her corporate career, she received recognition and numerous awards for her work in performance improvement, benchmarking, and best practices.
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Meet the Faculty: Paul Saville, Ph.D., CSCSPaul Saville, Ph.D., CSCS, serves the students of Azusa Pacific as an associate professor, mentor, and mental performance coach. His passion for sport, fitness, and psychology led him to pursue a doctoral degree in health and exercise psychology at McMaster University where he engaged in a wide range of scholarly projects. Saville was a key contributor on several published works including two book chapters, six peer-reviewed journal articles, and several scholarly presentations. His most recent research involves exploring the connections between athletic identity, religious orientation, and student-athlete well-being.
Meet the Faculty: Cristian Aguilar, Ph.D.Cristian Aguilar is an assistant professor in Azusa Pacific University's Department of Biology and Chemistry, where he enjoys engaging students with the subject matter through unique and interesting facts. Aguilar's current work focuses on the remarkable regenerative abilities of the Mexican salamander known as the axolotl in an effort to understand how cells at the site of injury are able to return to stem-like state in order to begin the regenerative process. In addition to conducting research, Aguilar is involved in the development and implementation of new teaching strategies in order to best train the next generation of scientists in the classroom.
Meet the Faculty: David Dunaetz, Ph.D.David Dunaetz, Ph.D., an assistant professor in APU’s Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology, is a social psychologist whose research focuses on interpersonal processes in organizations. His background includes 17 years serving as a church-planting missionary in France, which furthered his interest in interpersonal conflicts in Christian organizations such as churches and missions. He aims to help leaders understand how these conflict processes can either increase or decrease an organization’s effectiveness in carrying out its mission, depending on how the conflict is managed.
Meet the Faculty: Tolulope Noah, Ed.D.Tolulope Noah, Ed.D., is a passionate educator in the Liberal Studies/Undergraduate Education K-8 program at Azusa Pacific University. An alumna of APU, Noah immediately applied her degree following graduation by becoming a full‐time teacher through Teach for America. She later went on to serve as a professional learning community facilitator for Teach for America, leading monthly professional development meetings about effective curriculum development, assessment strategies, and instructional strategies for beginning teachers.
Meet the Faculty: Karen Longman, Ph.D.Karen Longman, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan and joined the APU faculty in 2006. Prior to APU, Longman served for six years as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Greenville College, and for 19 years as vice president for professional development and research at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, based in Washington, DC.
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