2009 Faculty Award for
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Excellence in Teaching
Associate Professor, Humanistic Studies
Derek Jeffreys guides students in his philosophy and religious studies courses to wrestle with important ideas on a personal level. He encourages their participation through substantive writing assignments and required class involvement. He affirms their abilities and demonstrates his genuine respect and affection for them, as he makes himself available for conversation inside and outside of the classroom. Students consistently describe his courses using phrases such as “the most important I have taken during my undergraduate career” and “the most thought-provoking experience I have encountered.”
Jeffreys is a respected scholar and the author of a critically acclaimed book on the ethics of torture, and a previous book on Pope John Paul II and his philosophy of human dignity.