Jeffrey Sun

Jeffrey Sun

Associate Dean for Innovation & Strategic Partnerships Professor, Distinguished University Scholar, and Director – SKILLS Collaborative
Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
Room 327 - College of Education
jeffrey.sun @

Dr. Sun's curriculum vitae [PDF]

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • M.Phil., Columbia University
  • J.D., The Ohio State University
  • M.B.A., Loyola Marymount University
  • B.B.A., Loyola Marymount University

Teaching Areas

  • LEAD 680 Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • LEAD 777 Capstone
  • LEAD 795 Doctoral Research
  • LAW 877 Upper-Level Writing & Research

Research Interests

My research primarily examines the extent to which policy instruments or other legal actions (e.g., government mandates, judicial decisions, and legally binding, negotiated agreements) advance or inhibit the academic operations in terms of college teaching, learning, and knowledge creation. This stream rests heavily on concepts of civil rights and civil liberties.

In addition, my secondary research stream resides in professional/career education. Within that domain, I typically examine barriers and supports within organizational and governmental policies as well as investigate and evaluate system designs and organizational improvement efforts.

Across these two research streams, the unifying theme revolves around topics that sit on the fringes of the academic core or relegated to the fringes from dominant groups.

Honors & Awards

Professional Service

Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA)
  • Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • Competency Based Education Network (CBEN)
  • Education Law Association (ELA)
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

Selected Publications and Presentations

Academic Publications

  • Harris, J. T., Lane, J. E., Sun, J. C., Baker, G. F. (2022). Academic leadership and governance of higher education: A guide for trustees, leaders, and aspiring leaders of two- and four-year institutions. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.
  • Terosky, A. L., Baker, V. & Sun, J. C. (in press) (Eds.), A practical guide to teaching research methods in education. Routledge.
  • Daniel, P. T. K., Gee, E. G., Sun, J. C., & Pauken, P. D. (under review). Law, policy, and higher education: Cases and materials (2nd ed.). New Providence, NJ: Carolina Academic Press.
  • Daniel, P. T. K., Gee, E. G., Sun, J. C., & Pauken, P. D. (under review). Instructor’s manual: Law, policy, and higher education (2nd ed.). New Providence, NJ: Carolina Academic Press.
  • Sun, J. C. (2022). Challenging college disciplinary outcomes: Circuits recognizing erroneous outcome theory as Title IX sex discrimination. Education Law Reporter, 306(2), 597-616.
  • Losavio, M., Sun, J. C., Kerrick, S., Elmaghraby, A., Purdy, C., & Johnson, C. (2022). Integrating democratic cybersecurity: Empowerment of traditional law enforcement and democratic public safety. In R. P. Griffin, U. Tatar, & B. Yankson, 17th international yearbook on cyber warfare and security. Academic Conferences International, Ltd. (ISBN: 978-1-914587-26-9).
  • Daniel, P. T. K., & Sun, J. C. (2022). Two cases, two different freedoms: Student free speech through social media and the rights of minoritized students, Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, 27(2).
  • Sun, J. C. (in press, 2022). Employment. In C. J. Russo (Ed.). Yearbook of education law, 2022 (pp. -----). Cleveland, OH: Education Law Association.

Professional Publications

  • Sun, J. C., Turner, H. A., & Adams, J. C. (May 2022). Not just surviving, but thriving: Lessons learned from new CTE teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Techniques (Association for Career and Technical Education),
  • Turner, H. A., & Sun, J. C. (2022). Perkins leadership project: Assessment and reporting guidebook, 2022. Louisville, KY: Study of Knowledge Initiatives for Learning, Leadership, and Success (SKILLS) Collaborative.
  • Sun, J. C., & Turner, H. A. (2022). Chief online learning officers decision-making factors when considering online program managers. University of Louisville SKILLS Collaborative & UPCEA.

Academic and Professional Presentations

  • Sun, J. C. (2022). Apprenticeship 2.0: Redesigning learning and professional growth and development through work-based experiences. Symposium presentation at the annual conference for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) (June 27, 2022), Minneapolis, MN.
  • Losavio, M. M., Sun, J. C., Elmaghraby, A. S., Kerrick (2022). Re-imagining cyber security workforce: The impacts of an interdisciplinary collaboration. Panel presentation at the IEEE Security and Privacy Conference (May 24, 2022), San Francisco, CA.
  • Sun, J. C. (2022). When free speech turns into financed ideology. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Apr. 20, 2020), San Diego, CA.
  • Losavio, M. M., Elmaghraby, A. S., Sun, J. C., Kerrick, S. A., Wright, A. L., Purdy, C. (2022). The cyber security workforce: Engaging communities to better protect our families, schools, and work. Panel presentation at the National Science Foundation’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) Town Hall (March 17, 2022), Virtual.