Jeffrey R. Breese
Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs
Jeffrey R. Breese is a native of Ohio. He received his B.A. (cum laude) from Youngstown State University, M.A. from Ohio University, and Ph.D. from the University of Akron (all in sociology). After completing his graduate work, he served for nine years as a faculty member at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. At this institution he also served as department chair and chair of the College’s Faculty Assembly (leading all faculty in their governance). Dr. Breese’s core areas of focus within the discipline of sociology are social psychology, race and ethnicity, and applied sociology. Having spent his entire academic career in private colleges and universities, Dr. Breese worked as an associate dean for four years at Marymount University (Arlington, VA) and came to Rockhurst University (Kansas City, MO) to serve as Dean of the School of Graduate & Professional Studies. Since March, 2012 he has been serving as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. October, 2012 he oversaw the Higher Learning Commission’s Comprehensive team visit to Rockhurst as part of the larger self-study process he co-coordinated.
Dr. Breese’s doctoral dissertation was based on a sample of 221 adult/non-traditional women students completing their education at Youngstown State University. The study focused on “role exit theory” as it applied to the life transitions of these women. He has also applied this theoretical framework to studies on homeless women and their children in the Akron, OH area and to academic administrators making the transition from faculty member to academic deans and provosts. Breese has also collaborated on research linking “marginality theory” to the experiences of African American undergraduate students at the University of Akron. In 2009 he co-edited the book Doing Sociology: Case Studies in Sociological Practice. The book provides an overview of how the discipline of sociology can be applied in a variety of venues (from grant writing and consultation work, to community engagement and state wide research projects). In 2011 his article “Sociology: A Community Engagement Discipline” was published in Journal of Applied Social Science, and provides an analysis of how sociology lends itself to service-learning projects, community based research efforts, and how other liberal arts disciplines could benefit from sociology’s example of making strides in the realms of “the scholarship of teaching” and “applied scholarship.”
As a faculty member, Dr. Breese’s favorite teaching experiences include Introduction to Sociology, Race & Ethnicity, Sociology Through Film, and Applied Sociology. In the area of applied sociology, he has also taught courses in public sociology and sociological practice as well as designing concentrations in these areas of focus. He has developed assessment plans for student learning at both the course and program levels. He has facilitated workshops for colleagues on the creation of both courses and programs in the area of applied sociology. In 2002, he served as the President of the Society for Applied Sociology. During his term, he helped to facilitate the initial discussions of a merger of this organization with a sister “clinical sociology” organization. That merger led to the Association for Applied & Clinical Sociology (AACS). AACS twice honored Dr. Breese- in 2006 with the Alex Boros Award for making contributions to the professional organization, and in 2010 with the Lester Ward Award for distinguished scholarship in the field of applied sociology.
Dr. Jeffrey R. Breese
Office of Academic Affairs
604 East College Avenue
North Manchester IN 46962