Jeffery Kaufman, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Marian University Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership and has been with Marian University since 2013. With a master of science degree in conflict management from Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, Georgia) and his doctorate degree in education with a focus on human resource development from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Illinois), Dr. Kaufman says he has a passion for conflict management and conflict education.
Dr. Kaufman teaches and prepares future educators for the master of arts degree in educational leadership. Other than teaching, Dr. Kaufman and the rest of the Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership work with organizations such as Duke Energy, The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, and Indianapolis Public Schools on a wide range of education-related programs.
Outside of the classroom, Dr. Kaufman is working on various projects which include bringing a 3D printing lab to campus and writing a paper on levels of conflict experiences by Marian University’s nursing and medical students who took part in a recent interprofessional education intervention. Also, Dr. Kaufman serves as the faculty athletics representative (FAR). As the FAR, Dr. Kaufman says he reviews student-athlete eligibility and is the liaison between the academic and athletic departments.
Q and A with Dr. Kaufman
What courses do you teach at Marian University?
- EDUC 480/580 – HIRE Tech and Engineering Programming
- TLL 640 – Research Methods
- TLL 643 – Program Evaluation
- TLL 695 – Thesis
- TLL 610 – Systems Thinking
What is your favorite location on campus and why?
Sr. Jeanne Hagelskamp’s office. We came to Marian University at the same time and we have spent a lot of hours deliberating, thinking, dreaming, and working in her office. We both arrive early in the morning (usually around 7:15 a.m. or so) and have been starting our days together for two years. Sitting in her office, engaged in conversation is my favorite place to be.
What advice would you give to your undergraduate self?
Don’t be passive and don’t sell yourself short. Life is truly a blessing and it should be enjoyed, but life is also more than just today. Choose a course, focus on it, and believe in yourself because you are capable of more than you think.
What is your favorite part of teaching at Marian University?
I am blessed with the flexibility to build and change my classes to best meet the needs of my students, and for anyone who has held a job, you know that that type of autonomy is not always common. It’s a wonderful perk. I also love the entrepreneurial mindset within my department and the university overall. I am entrepreneurial by nature, so that dovetails nicely with my own values. But above all, it is the students. I have great students to work with and as an educator, few moments are more satisfying than walking into a room full of intelligent, energetic, and engaged students, giving them a concept, and watching them dig into it.
What is your favorite book?
I have several, but I would probably say Getting to Yes by Ury, Fisher, and Patton. While the book has a white-collar negotiations focus, there are concepts within it that align with our Franciscan sponsorship values and apply to how we should approach one another on a daily basis.