Assistant Professor, College of Education
B.S.E. Arkansas State University
M.A. Oral Roberts University
Ph.D. Oklahoma State University
Mission & Passion
I am passionate about the work of God’s grace within and around us, transforming His people into the image of Christ, so that His character is reflected in our thoughts, words, and actions.
As I have grown in my relationship with God, my appreciation for the privilege of working with adult learners continues to deepen. I began my adult life together with my husband in ministry. During the time that I was blessed to work in church-based professional settings, I enjoyed the honor of ministering to hundreds of individuals. Now that I am working in adult educational contexts, however, I am even more humbled to participate in equipping individuals who will each affect hundreds of people through their own work and in their own lives.
As men and women sow their time and energy into their educations, they prepare to embark upon a myriad of specialized career tracks. The common thread among us is that God’s people go into their varied workplaces as vessels of grace for those around them. I count it a true pleasure to play a role in the preparation of these adult learners, who will continue to be ambassadors of Christ to the world long after they have left their formal schooling environments.
“For we are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” Ephesians 2:10
“The only thing that counts is faith working through love.” Galatians 5:6b
“You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.” Will Rogers
Educational Research and Application
Advanced Developmental Psychology for the Educational Setting
Leadership for Curriculum Development
Curriculum Strategies and Assessment
Topics of Interest
Christian spiritual maturity, identity development, achievement motivation, leadership development, and measurement
Watson, E. W., & Watson, A. L. (In press). Building construct validity for a new measure of Christian spiritual maturity. The Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for Christians in Higher Education.
Watson, E. W., & Watson, A. (In press). The love of God: An interdisciplinary approach to developing and measuring spiritual maturity based on a Johannine love ethic. In C. S. Keener, J. Crenshaw, & J. D. May (Eds.), Collected essays on Johannine literature in honor of Ben Aker.
Foubert, J. D., Watson, A., Brosi, M. W., & Fuqua, D. R. (2012). Explaining the wind: How self identified born again Christians define what born again means to them. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 31(3), 219-230.
Watson, A. (2011). A developmental approach to measuring spiritual maturity from a Christian perspective. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Dissertation Publishing.
Simpson, D. B., Watson, A., Fuqua, D. R., Newman, J. L., & Choi, N. (2011, August). An experimental measure of faith maturity. Presented to the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
Yang, Y., Cho, Y., Watson, A., & Bridges, S. (2011, April). Mediating role of sense of classroom community in the relationship between achievement goals and learning. Presented at the International Conference of Chinese American Educational Research and Development Association, New Orleans, LA.
Watson, A., & Perry, K. (2010, November). Evaluation quality: Cross-validating a discrepancy model evaluation study. Presented to the American Evaluation Association, San Antonio, TX.
Cho, Y., Yang, Y., Watson, A., Kim, S., & Kim, H. (2010, August). Interplay of gender and course format in perceived learning environment. Presented to the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.
Cho, Y.; Bang, H.; Mathew, S.; Bridges, S., & Watson, A. (2010, April). Extending conceptual dimensions of classroom sense of community: An integrative approach. Presented to the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.
Watson, A., & Montgomery, D. (2009, October). Achievement motivation: Experiences described by successful university students. Presented to the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity at the international Q conference, St. Louis, MO.