With just over a week in serving as dean of the College of Education and Integrative Studies (CEIS), Jeff Passe has already begun setting priorities.
Passe, who started his new post July 17, has outlined some areas he will give attention to in his new role.
“I plan to focus my efforts on strengthening relationships, supporting faculty goals, enhancing the student experience and maximizing staff effectiveness,” he said. “I will begin by reaching out to educational leaders, faculty, staff and students to offer my support and learn how I can improve their experiences.”
Passe, who previously served as the dean of the College of Education at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), also has declared community engagement as another high priority.
“Community members will have an important role in helping us achieve our goals,” he said. “If we were to try to do everything on our own, we wouldn’t be successful. We need ideas, feedback and support from educational, local political and community leaders.”
His passion for community involvement stems from serving as a water steward at Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. As a water steward, he was responsible for helping to protect the waters around Chesapeake Bay, which is considered the lifeline of Maryland’s economy. Later, he became involved with Sustainable Jersey, a non-profit organization which focuses on helping schools and cities become more sustainable. Through Sustainable Jersey, he was able to develop a curriculum for environmental education at TCNJ.
“Our curriculum in environmental sustainability has become a very successful program,” said Dean Passe. “In fact, the week that I left TCNJ, it received a federal grant to expand.”
The husband to wife Susan and father to two adult children, Sarah and Ryan, has written several books on elementary school curriculum, including “When Students Choose Content: A Guide to Increasing Motivation, Autonomy, and Achievement.”
Passe said he is looking to forward to collaborating with everyone in CEIS.
“My door is open,” said Dean Passe. “I want to hear from anyone who has a suggestion. I can’t begin to develop a new direction without input from CEIS faculty, staff and students as well as school districts, alumni and community leaders. I want to hear from everyone.”
For more information about CEIS, contact Ashley Jones at (909) 869-5370.