Friday, October 28, 2005

Background Reading on Professor Paul Jeffries

The following articles partially convey the active role Professor Jeffries played at the University of Dubuque:
  • "UD Professor Selected for National Study" UD press release.
  • The Valparaiso Project ( awarded Dr. Jeffries a grant to pursue a project titled, "Practicing Our Faith for Non-Traditional, Pre-seminary Students."
  • In March 2005, Professor Jeffries presented a paper (PDF file) at Drury University's Eighth Annual Undergraduate/Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Conference regarding his Valparaiso grant project. This paper provides an interesting look into the role he had at the University and the passion with which he approached his position.
  • Page eight of UD's Summer 2005 edition of Alumni News (PDF file) contains a brief article detailing Professor Jeffries's accomplishments during the prior academic year (interestingly enough, this edition came out after his tenure had been effectively revoked).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Along with Dr. Jeffries' impressive academic record, we should definitely note his character. Dr. Jeffries is an enthusiastic, dedicated, caring, and compassionate teacher and mentor. Be sure to look at some of the descriptions of his character noted in the "comments" section of "Show Me the Money, Part I" to get a better picture of who this person is. Who wouldn't want such an outstanding person on the faculty of a university?

Friday, November 04, 2005 8:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Students and new faculty cannot grasp the injustice done to Dr, Jeffries. Consider the following. In order to receive tenure under the handbook, faculty members had to be teaching at the university for six years or receive credit for previous experience. They then had to present evidence in the form of a document that they met eight criteria among which were service to the department, service to the university, service to students, and service to the community. Classroom-observing faculty and chairpersons made recommendations; student evaluations were gathered. This evidence was presented to the Promotion and Tenure Committee who evaluated it, conducted interviews, and made recommendations to the academic dean and the president. These two also evaluated the evidence and made their own recommendations to the board of trustees who made the final decisions. If a faculty member was not granted tenure, the next year was his/her final year of teaching. No faculty member could successfully undergo such scrutiny without being judged as superior.

Sunday, November 20, 2005 11:25:00 PM  

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