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In Memoriam: James Short

The College is saddened by the untimely death of James Short, who passed away the day before he was to receive the McMicken Dean’s Award for Distinguished Adjunct Performance.

Date: 5/16/2006
By: Billie Dziech
Phone: 556-1707
The College is saddened by the untimely death of James Short, who passed away the day before he was to receive the McMicken Dean’s Award for Distinguished Adjunct Performance.

Jim Short

Jim Short

Having served several years in various capacities in the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical Center and the Health Alliance, he later began teaching in the Adult Scholars Accelerated Program (ASAP) in the College of Evening and Continuing Education and more recently in McMicken.

Steven Howe and Daniel Langmeyer observed that there were four reasons Short was considered “a great teacher”: his ability to apply his training in organization theory and processes to his teaching, his scholarship, his “meticulous preparation,” and his “goofy sense of humor.”

Howe added, “He regularly demonstrated respect for the many challenges faced by adult and non-traditional students while recognizing and encouraging the special qualities and experiences they bring to the classroom. Through his examples of teaching excellence, his creativity, and his notable respect and high regards toward his students, Jim Short made an outstanding contribution to his department, to the ASAP program, and to the students he taught.”

Former student Heather Feldhaus said, “Dr. Short was informative, creative, funny, and empathetic. He had a natural ability to teach and reach his students. Dr. Short was a teacher, a mentor, and most importantly a friend. I will miss him terribly.”

The college extends its sympathy to his wife, Lynne, and their five-year-old twins and eight-year-old daughter.

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