Jeffrey Sun

Jeffrey Sun

Professor and Associate Dean for Innovation & Strategic Partnerships 
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

  • Diversity in Higher Education
  • Legal Issues in Higher Education

Research Interests

Research Theme: Impacts of policy instruments on academic conceptions of lehrfreiheit ("freedom of teaching") and lernfreiheit ("freedom of learning")
My research 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.

Honors & Awards

Professional Service

  • Board of Directors, Association for the Study of Higher Education (2014-present)
  • Series Co-Editor, Law & Education, Information Age Publishing (2013-present)
  • Editorial Board & Reviewer, Education Law & Policy Review, (2012-present)
  • Authors' Committee Panel, West Education Law Reporter (2009-2011, 2014-present)

Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • Competency Based Education Network (CBEN)
  • Council on College and Military Educators (CCME)
  • Education Law Association (ELA)
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

Selected Publications and Presentations

Academic Publications

  • Sun, J.C. (2018). Competency based education: A disruptive innovation requiring demonstrated performance. In J. Blanchard (Ed.), Controversies on campus (pp. 176-190). Santa Barbara, CA: Prager.
  • Lewis, M. M., Fetter-Harrott, A., Eckes, S. E., & Sun, J. C. (2017). Legal issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and public schools. Social Education, 81(5), pp. 315-321.
  • Sun, J. C. (2016). Management: An employment perspective providing order and stability through policy, procedure, and practice. In S. G. Clark & S. C. Coyner (Eds.), Case Studies in higher education: The law and administrative decision making (pp. 75-107). Cleveland, OH: Education Law Association.
  • Bon, S., & Sun, J.C. (2015). Law and educational inequality: Removing barriers to educational opportunities. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Sun, J. C. (2014). Legal issues associated with big data in higher education: Ethical considerations and cautionary tales. In J. E. Lane (Ed.), Building a smarter university: Big data, innovation, and ingenuity. Albany: SUNY Press.
  • Sun, J. C., Hutchens, N. H., & Breslin, J.D. (2013). A (virtual) land of confusion with college students' online speech: Introducing the curricular nexus test, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, 16(1), pp. 49-96.
  • Daniel, P. T. K., Gee, E. G., Sun, J. C., & Pauken, P. D. (2012). Law, policy, and higher education: Cases and materials. New Providence, NJ: LexisNexis.

Professional Publications

  • Sun, J. C. (2017). Existing solutions to new questions on competency-based education. NASPA Leadership Exchange, 2017 (Spring), 32-36.
  • Bewley, L., Sun, J. C., Herd, A. (2016) Human capital development and competency-based education. San Antonio Medicine Journal, 69(11), 45-46.
  • Sun, J. C. (2015) (Ed.). Responding to campus protests: A practitioner resource. Cleveland, OH: Education Law Association & NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
  • Sun, J. C., Scott, L. R., Sponsler, B., & Hutchens, N. H. (2014). Understanding campus obligations for student-to-student sexual harassment: Guidance for student affairs professionals. Cleveland, OH: Education Law Association. [A joint publication with ELA and NASPA]

Academic and Professional Presentations

  • Sun, J. C., Colston, J., & Pifer, M. J. (2017). Codeswitching among Army cadre: Perceived critical aspects for a college degree as an interactional resource in higher education. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Nov. 11, 2017), Houston, TX.
  • Sun, J. C. (2016). Campus obligations & protections: Crafting of legal knowledge production about campus sexual assaults. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Nov. 12, 2016), Columbus, OH.
  • Sun, J. C. (2015). Innovation and tradition: Faculty roles in competency based education. Plenary session presented at the annual meeting of C-BEN (Dec. 4, 2015), New Orleans, LA.
  • Sun, J. C. (2014). Current and emerging legal issues affecting student affairs. Plenary session presented for Chief Student Affairs Officers at the annual meeting of NASPA (Mar. 16, 2013), Baltimore, MD.