For Release: July 31, 2000
Marylhurst University has appointed Simeon Dreyfuss Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies Department Chair, a program which offers students the opportunity and responsibility of designing their own degree paths through a focused combination of two or more academic disciplines.
Dreyfuss stated, "The program is designed with serious students in mind — students with eclectic interests, a clear sense of why they want to attend college, and high expectations for learning. It is a great degree option for those who have followed a few twists and turns in life and school, and need to design a degree around their intellectual history and diverse interests."
Dreyfuss has experienced those twists and turns in his working career. He was previously on the university's Learning Assessment Center Faculty, taught in Marylhurst's Interdisciplinary Studies program as an adjunct faculty member, and recently led the university's redesign of Liberal Arts Core requirements. Along with prior teaching assignments at Portland State University and Pacific University, he's worked on a fire crew for the US Forest Service, as a line cook in a restaurant, as a cook for a troupe of itinerant vaudeville performers out of a converted school bus, and as a carpenter remodeling homes. He has been with Marylhurst University since 1988.