PhD in Philosophy and Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
BA in Philosophy
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa; Summa Cum Laude; Thesis Awarded Highest Honors; John T. Andrews Prize (Top Philosophy Student)
Jeff Frank is an Associate Professor in the Education Department and the Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Assessment. He is extremely grateful to work at St. Lawrence and welcomes student questions about the educational studies minor, ways their major field of study might intersect with education, careers in education or that build from the liberal study of education, and conversations about the continuing importance and value of the liberal arts.
In 2019 he was selected for the Owen D. Young Faculty Award by the senior class. He delivered a talk, "Character as Lived Defense of Liberal Education," during senior week.
His first book Teaching in the Now was published in 2019 as was his second book Being a Presence for Students: Teaching as a Lived Defense of Liberal Education; a list of his publications can be found at Google Scholar.
For a representative example of his scholarship, see his article "Love and Growth: On One Aspect of James Baldwin's Significance for Education." In this article, Frank develops James Baldwin's philosophy of education and then discusses how this philosophy can inform and animate teaching and teacher education.
Before coming to St. Lawrence, he was a teacher educator at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. He earned his PhD in philosophy and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and he taught high school English and coached three sports in New York's Hudson Valley. As an undergraduate he studied philosophy and literature at Middlebury College.
He lives with his wife and four children in the Village of Canton, and you will often find them walking around and enjoying our beautiful campus.