Dr. Joseph J. Saggio is the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, having returned to American Indian College in 2011 after having serving at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington from 2008-2010 as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Ministry at Northwest University and as Associate Professor of Church and Culture & U.S. Missions. Prior to his time at Northwest University, Dr. Saggio served from 1994-2008 at the American Indian College as Academic Dean and subsequently as Dean of Institutional Assessment and Chair of General Education. During his time at AIC he also taught as a faculty member in Christian Ministry and Elementary Education. Dr. Saggio also served as the founding Phoenix Branch Campus Director for the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary based in Springfield, Missouri and as an adjunct professor from 2005- 2008. He continues to serve as an adjunct professor of church, culture, and U.S. Missions at Northwest University.
Dr. Saggio received his Bachelor’s degree cum laude from California State University, Fresno; his M.A. in Religion from Azusa Pacific University; a second M.A. in Religion from Vanguard University of Southern California. He received his Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education from Arizona State University, and has completed the Management Development Program (post-doctoral studies) at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
As a U.S. Missions historian and missionary educator, Dr. Saggio’s specific research interest centers around issues related to cultural and ethnic diversity as well as Native Americans in both American higher education and missions. He is a regular contributor to publications in Religion and Higher Education. Dr. Saggio and his wife Nancy have two daughters and one granddaughter with another grandchild on the way!