Department Chair, Professor and Affiliate Professor of Law
Jeffrey C. Sun, J.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Higher Education, Affiliate Professor of Law, Interim Associate Dean, and Project Director & Principal Investigator for the U.S. Department of Education’s Perkins funded project on Career & Technical Education, the U.S. Department of the Army’s Master Educator Course, and the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Accelerated Learning for Licensed Occupations.
At Louisville, Dr. Sun established the university’s first competency based education program, obtained more than $11 million in federally sourced grants and contracts, advanced new initiatives for career and technical education teachers, established a partnership with the U.S. Army on cadre/faculty development and NCO leadership development, and led projects that expanded his department enrollments over 30% within 4 years. He also serves as a member of the “Forward50”, which is a national thought-leadership group to advise Congress on the Higher Education Act.
Dr. Sun teaches and researches primarily in the areas of higher education law and policy. Dr. Sun’s research examines the extent to which policy instruments or other legal actions (e.g., government mandates, judicial decisions, and legally binding, negotiated agreements) advance or inhibit the academic operations through college teaching, learning, and knowledge creation. This stream rests heavily on concepts of civil rights and civil liberties. Among his publications, Dr. Sun has a new book, Student Clashes On Campus: A Leadership Guide To Free Speech, which is co-written with Dr. George McClellan.
Dr. Sun taught previously at the University of North Dakota, Teachers College of Columbia University, and New York University. Also, while at Teachers College, he served as the Director of Academic Administration. Dr. Sun received his law degree (J.D.) from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.