Dean of Honors College Announced at Azusa Pacific University
Provided by Azusa Pacific Press Release
It is my distinct pleasure to announce the appointment of IWU alum Dr. David Weeks, Ph.D., (1980) as dean of new Honors College. “I can think of no one more inherently qualified and committed to the vision and potential for this undertaking” says Mark Stanton, APU Provost. He begins his new role on July 1.
An advocate of “the arts of freedom,” David’s leadership, scholarship, and engagement challenge us to consider life’s greatest questions, exercise our full intellectual potential, and live a rich, faith-filled life. An APU professor for 30 years and a seasoned administrator for more than 20, he remains a student and a teacher at heart. As dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), he has fostered an environment in which others can do what he prizes, namely teaching and learning. This passion fuels a gem of our academy—the summer program he’s led for 17 years that brings together faculty colleagues as students to read and discuss great books by Plato, Confucius, Augustine, Dante, Milton, and Shakespeare, among others, as well as study the Qur’ān, St. Matthew Passion, and Sistine Chapel. He has served previously as the director of the Azusa Oxford Semester, chair of the Department of History and Political Science, and director of the General Studies program.
As the Honors College dean, he will draw upon the breadth of his experience leading CLAS to enrich the life of our academy. His passions and experience uniquely qualify David to develop the humanities-based curriculum recommended by the faculty Honors Program Task Force and endorsed by the Board of Trustees, President Wallace, and me.
The new college will attract the most academically gifted students to APU who seek greater rigor, intensity, and depth in their course work, and even closer faculty/student collaboration, while benefitting from the APU hallmarks of faith integration, service, and community. As Honors dean, David will champion opportunities that stretch them, from conference presentations and research to mentoring alongside noted experts. These emerging scholars complement the aptitude, skill, and character of the broader undergraduate population.
David’s academic interests include Christian liberal education, political philosophy, and American law and politics, especially the intersection of religion and politics. He has served as a scholar-in-residence at the Centre for Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford, England, and as a Salvatori fellow in Washington, DC, and has studied at the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, Koch Charitable Foundation, Louisville Institute, and the Earhart Foundation.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Religion/Philosophy from Indiana Wesleyan University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Indiana State University, and a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago.