The College of Education and Integrative Studies is a learning community focused on meeting the present and future needs of students in our communities. We educate students to become highly qualified and significant leaders in our society. We are committed to the principles of diversity, ethics and social justice, and life-long learning. Central to our mission are innovative and integrative thinking, reflective practice, collaborative action, and learning by doing.
New CEIS Dean Pushes Vision for Greater Collaboration
The College of Education and Integrative Studies (CEIS) at Cal Poly Pomona is proud to welcome Dr. Jeff Passe as its new dean. Dr. Passe recently transitioned from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), where he served as dean and professor at the School of Education. His accomplishments include forming strong partnerships with neighboring school districts, establishing new and innovative programs and increasing educational opportunities for TCNJ students.
In his first week of serving as dean of CEIS, he has already begun setting priorities.
“I plan to focus my efforts on strengthening relationships, supporting faculty goals, enhancing the student experience and maximizing staff effectiveness,” said Dean Passe. “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.”
Dean Passe has also declared community engagement as another high priority.
“Community members will have an important role in helping us achieve our goals,” said Dean Passe. “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.”
Dean Passe has also held various leadership positions including serving as faculty president at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, chair of the Faculty Assembly in the University of North Carolina system and president of the National Council for the Social Studies.
He has written several books on elementary school curriculum, including “When Students Choose Content: A Guide to Increasing Motivation, Autonomy, and Achievement.” He is married to his wife Susan and they have two adult children, Sarah and Ryan.
“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.