Jeff Passe is Dean of the School of Education at the College of New Jersey. A native of New York City, he received his B.A, in Social Studies Education from the State University of New York at Albany.
Dr. Passe received an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. He then taught fourth and fifth grades in Gainesville, Florida. During this period, he studied Curriculum and Instruction and then received a Ph.D. from the University of Florida
Dr. Passe taught courses in elementary methods and human development at Shepherd College (WV) for four years. He then moved on to the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where he taught courses in elementary and secondary education, ultimately being promoted to Professor. At UNC-Charlotte, he served as Faculty President and then Chair of the 16-campus University of North Carolina Faculty Assembly. He was also a leader in developing a faculty governance model for the College of Education as well as a new doctoral program in elementary education.
Dr. Passe assumed administrative responsibilities when he served as Chair of the Department of Secondary Education at Towson University. During his four years at Towson, he led efforts to create a new program in middle school education, design new courses and new sequences in secondary education, and implement an electronic portfolio process.
Dr. Passe’s scholarly interests are current events instruction, curriculum integration, and the marginalization of citizenship education. He served as President of the National Council for the Social Studies as well as president of state social studies councils in West Virginia and Maryland. His books include Elementary School Curriculum; When Students Choose Content; The Status of Social Studies: Views from the Field, and a series of elementary-level social studies textbooks, plus dozens of journal articles and chapters.