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Simeon Dreyfuss

Simeon Dreyfuss

Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2000-Present
Director of Liberal Arts Core Program, 1998-2014
Director, Prior Learning Assessment , 1992-1998
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MA in English, emphasis in creative writing, New York University
BA in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts, Fairhaven College, Western Washington University

Classes Taught

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
Methods of Interdisciplinary Inquiry
Senior Project/Senior Thesis
Environmental Writing
Senior Core Project/Senior Seminar
Fiction Writing
The Personal Essay
Writing the Past
The Invention of Place: Literature of the Pacific Northwest
Family and the Individual in 20th Century American Fiction
The More Perfect World: Natural History Essays in America
Literature of the Pacific Rim
Introduction to Service Learning
Academic Learning: Discovery and Practice


Editor, Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, the annual peer reviewed journal of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, 2014-present
Associate Editor & Fiction Editor, Ark, NYU's graduate literary review, 1987-8
Editor, Fairhaven Review: Muse Dance 3, Fairhaven College literary review, 1981-82


Excellence in Academic Service and Teaching Award, Marylhurst University, 2011
Board of Trustees Individual Award for Academic Excellence and Service, Marylhurst University, 2011
Board of Trustees Group Award for Service, Marylhurst University, 2011
Institutional Service Award, awarded to Marylhurst University by Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, specifically for Liberal Arts Core program, Marylhurst Academic Portfolio, and Integrated Learning Modules, all programs supervised by Dreyfuss, 2004
Walden Fellowship and Residence, Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark College, 1990
Honorable Mention, Pushcart Prize, 1990
Finalist, Oregon Arts Commission Individual Fellowship, 1989
Teaching Assistant with full tuition remission, New York University, 1986-8
Second Prize, Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines College Contest, for Fairhaven Review: Muse Dance 3, Dreyfuss was editor, 1982

Selected Publications

"On Disciplines and Interdisciplinarity: a Review of In Defense of Disciplines by J.A. Jacobs." Integrative Pathways. [Rochester, MI]. (Forthcoming 2014). Print.
With Jennifer Sasser. "Enacting Integration: Two Case Studies, Three Principles." Beyond Interdisciplinary: A Handbook of Integrative Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Learning. Ed. Patrick Hughes, Juan Munoz, & Marcus N. Tanner. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press. Forthcoming 2014. Print.
"Sixty-Two Cycles of the Sun." Gero-Punk Project [Portland, OR] (Feb 13, 2013). Online.
"Something Essential about Interdisciplinary Thinking." Issues in Integrative Studies [Oxford, OH] 29 (2011). Print.
"Why I Can't Celebrate the Death of Osama bin Laden." The Oregonian [Portland, OR] (May 3, 2011), print and online.
"Living a Love For Place: The Second Biennial ASLE Conference." ASLE News, publication of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment 9.2 (Fall 1997): 1,4. Print.
"My Fight Against Grade Inflation: A Response to William Cole." College Teaching [Washington D.C.] 41 (Fall 1993): 149–52. Print.
"When It Speaks To You, You Must Respond." Pequod [New York] 34 (1992): 125–37. Print.
"The Action of Paradise." Pequod [New York] 26/27 (1989): 60–70. Print.

Recent Presentations

"Foregrounding Complexity and Curiosity Instead of Disciplinary Adequacy and Integration." Association for Interdisciplinary Studies 2014.
"An Interdisciplinary Sustainability Program." Association for Interdisciplinary Studies 2013.
"Enacting Interdisciplinarity: Principles and Praxis." Association for Interdisciplinary Studies 2012.
"Advising, Preparing, & Supporting the Entering Adult Student." Council for Adult and Experiential Learning 2006.
"Holistic Outcome Assessment: Assessing the Ineffable." Council for Adult and Experiential Learning 2005.
"Connecting Theory to Student's Knowledge and Skills: Principles and Practice of Integration." Council for Adult and Experiential Learning 2004.
"Instigating Reflexive Inquiry: Innovative Learning Projects for Adult Learners." Council for Adult and Experiential Learning 2003.

Selected Marylhurst Committees

Chair, Competency-Based Education task group, 2014-present
Vice Chair, University Faculty Council, 2012-Present
Founding President, Marylhurst Chapter of the AAUP (American Association of University Professors) 2013-present
Founding co-chair, Faculty Practices and Policy Committee, 2012-Present
Honors Committee, 2006-present
Liberal Arts Core Committee 2000-2012
Retention Committee, 2008-10
Chair and/or co-chair, Assessment Committee, 1999-2009
Envisioning Marylhurst planning team and team focusing on academic excellence and innovation, 2007-08
Accelerated Online Program taskforce, specifically responsible for how to embed Liberal Arts Core outcomes, 2006.
Self-Study Steering Committee. Wrote overview section on undergraduate programs, co-wrote section on assessment. 2005-6
Program Committee, 2001-6
University Strategic Planning Committee, 2001-02
Center for Learning Partnerships, 1998-2001
Chair, General Education Redesign Committee, 1997-8
Writing task group, 1996-7
New Admissions Standards Working Group, 1996-7
Chair, Teaching Learning and Technology Roundtable, 1995-8
Chair, Transfer Credit Committee, 1994-7

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