James E. Watson

Ph.D./Ed.S. Program Director, Professor of Education

Dr. Watson currently serves Columbia International University as a professor in the College of Education. He has served churches, Christian schools, and colleges as pastor, teacher, coach, school administrator, and professor.



B.A., Asbury College; M.Div., Columbia Theological Seminary; M.C.S., Regent College; M.Ed., Florida Atlantic University; Ph.D., The Ohio State University 


Dr. Watson’s teaching focus is the PhD program. He and his wife, Lynn, were married in 1970. In his spare time, Dr. Watson enjoys working in the yard, reading, being outdoors, and spending as much time as possible with family, especially time with his two grandchildren.


Teacher, Westminster Academy 1974-1981; Associate Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1974-81; Assistant Superintendent, Grace Brethren Christian Schools, 1983-85; Administrator, Wheaton Christian High School, 1985-89; Adjunct Professor, Grace Theological Seminary, 1985-95; Associate Professor, Asbury College, 1989-93; Pastor of Adult Education, Community Church of Greenwood, 1993-98; Director, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Indianapolis Extension, 1993-98; Adjunct Professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1993-2000; Adjunct Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University, 1998-2000; Administrator, Christian Academy, 1998-2000; Adjunct Professor, Resident Faculty, PhD/EdS Director, Columbia International University, 1995-present.