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Faculty Spotlight: Summer Jeffery

Summer Jeffery

I am an adjunct instructor for Eastern Kentucky University’s Regional Department of Criminal Justice. I instruct numerous dual credit students through several different partnerships our program has with high schools all across the east region of Kentucky. I began working for EKU’s Regional School of Justice Studies in the spring semester of 2016, as a student worker while completing my Master’s degree. I am proud to say that I am a two-time EKU graduate, where I have received my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in the fall of 2015, and my Master of Science in Justice, Policy, and Leadership with an emphasis in Corrections, in the spring of 2017. My primary research goals are directed towards an understanding of criminal psychology, as well as an interest in offenders who present and identify with having mental health illnesses, particularly those with substance abuse issues. However, I enjoy teaching Intro to Criminal Justice to dual credit students as I am able to help them explore all different career paths that are made available when receiving a degree in criminal justice!

What do you like best about EKU Regional Campuses & Sites?

What I like best about SJS at the Regional Campuses & Sites is the opportunity that it provides. Several students have other obligations such as work, family, and financial constraints that may prevent them from being able to travel to the main Richmond campus. SJS at the Regional Campuses & Sites offers identical opportunities to regional students, such as the ability to participate in student organizations, career days, conferences, and events. Also, the smaller environment allows for more one-on-one personal instruction. We live in a society where obtaining a college degree is a must; SJS at the Regional Campuses & Sites ensures that all have the opportunity to obtain this degree in a welcoming atmosphere that will allow the success of students residing in east Kentucky. 

Why did you go into teaching?

I went into teaching because of the direct impact and influence that I can have on students in eastern Kentucky. The work of a good instructor has the ability to have a ripple effect, that is, educating and inspiring students who will in turn educate and inspire others. The power and ability to have a positive impact on the lives of many others for years to come is by far the most humbling and rewarding reason why I decided to pursue teaching.

What do you like most about teaching at the EKU Regional Campuses & Sites?

What I like most about teaching at the regional campuses is the one-on-one attention that I am able to offer students. This helps me to be able to have the direct impact that drives my motivation to teach! The atmosphere at the regional campuses is always amazing and inviting. It allows students to feel comfortable in a classroom setting which makes for a more successful class discussion and better participation. I was a student at the regional campuses as well, so I was able to see directly the impact that it made on myself and the person that I have become today. It would have been much more difficult for me to obtain the education that I have if it wasn’t for all the conveniences that regional campuses have to offer! I also enjoy all the events and activities that are open to the regional campus students. Being involved in activities and events outside a classroom setting aid in building a student’s resume, and making each student feel involved.

How do you make a difference in our EKU Regional Campuses & Sites students' lives?

Hopefully I make a difference by being a trusted source of advice for students weighing important life decisions. Instructors can help their students pursue higher education, explore career opportunities, and participate in events they might not otherwise have thought themselves able to. I recognize that students often look to their teachers as mentors that have experience and knowledge, and, as an educator, you will almost definitely be asked for advice at some point during your teaching career.

Do you have any advice for current EKU Regional Campuses & Sites students?

My advice for current EKU SJS students is to engage and participate in all opportunities that are made available to you. Tap into resources that are offered, and take advantage. EKU’s Regional Campuses & Sites of Criminal Justice does an amazing job of coordinating events, activities, and opportunities. These should be used as a tool to have leverage when applying for jobs. Internships and participation in student organizations are a great way to network and build your resume as a student!

Do you have any advice for prospective EKU Regional Campuses & Sites students?

My advice for prospective EKU SJS Regional Campuses & Sites students is to visit one of our ten different regional campus locations to allow you to have a hands-on experience and to personally encounter the great atmosphere! I would also like to add that students should indefinitely do their research when looking into becoming an EKU SJS student, as EKU’s College of Justice and Safety was designated a Program of Distinction, and is ranked #1 in the state of Kentucky!

Published on August 31, 2017

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