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Jeffrey S Chamberlain

Dean | Professor of History

Honors | Academic Affairs Division

Areas of Expertise

Honors Education; History of Tudor/Stuart and Georgian England


University of Chicago

Ph.D., British History, 1992.


Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL.

M.A., Church History, 1986 (cum laude); M.Div. 1985 (cum laude).


Bryan College, Dayton, TN.

B.A., History, 1980 (summa cum laude)


Dr. Chamberlain started his career teaching history at the University of St. Francis, a small Catholic university outside of Chicago.  There he taught a wide variety of classes, chaired the History and Political Science Department, led nearly a dozen study abroad trips, and started an honors program.  The latter led him to focus on honors education, and he moved to Grand Valley State University as Director of the Frederik Meijer Honors College in 2007.  While there he built the program from just over 900 students to over 1700; added full-time (tenure/tenure-track) faculty in Honors; developed and expanded the curriculum with interdisciplinary, team-taught, active-learning sequences of courses; supervised the Meijer Office of Fellowships; developed a strong living/learning program with many intersections of community (including cohort curricular model); developed an effective peer mentor program; developed a holistic application process; sponsored and oversaw the development of international service-learning programs in Ghana and Nicaragua; and worked closely with the Office of Development to expand Honors funding.  He became heavily involved in the National Collegiate Honors Council, and was president for three years of the Mid-East Honors Association (a regional division of the NCHC).  Dr. Chamberlain is also an NCHC-recommended program reviewer for honors programs and colleges.  He became inaugual dean of the Hicks Honors College at UNF in 2017. 


All while at he University of St. Francis: Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005.  Achievement in Scholarship Award, May 2003.  Achievement of Distinction Award, April 1995 & April 1998.  Excellence in Teaching Award in Health Arts Program, 1998.  


National Collegiate Honors Council (with significant involvement with the Mid-East Honors Association), National Association of Fellowship Advisors, Phi Kappa Phi, North American Conference on British Studies, American Society of Church History, and Phi Alpha Theta (national history honors society).


Publications & Presentations

Collaborator on "Relevance, Rigor, and Return on Investment: How Honors Enhances Education," Thomas Haas, President of Grand Valley State University, in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 16 (Fall/Winter 2015): 45-49. 


 Accommodating High Churchmen: The Clergy of Sussex, 1700-1745.  University of Illinois Press, 1997.


Co-editor of (with Jeremy Gregory) and contributor to The National Church in Local Perspective, Boydell Press, 2003.


 Changes and Chances, First Books, 2004.  Self-published historical novel used as the basis for “Conspiracy and Intrigue in the Eighteenth-Century” class.  Based on the true story of Jacobite conspirators, the book helps students virtually enter the world of the eighteenth century Europe with the as much of the social, intellectual, religious, political, financial, literary and scientific context as possible.


Seventeen articles and book chapters on religion in early Georgian England. 


Dozens of book reviews in Albion, Journal of Church and State, The Historian, Journal of Anglican and Episcopal History, Anglican Theological Review, Anglican Theological Review, etc.


Panelist, Non-Traditional Honors Projects, National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Meeting, Seattle, October 2016.


Panelist, Honors Communities: Teaching the Whole Person, National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Meeting, Seattle, October 2016.


Consultant in NCHC annual conference Consultant's Lounge, 2013-2016.


Co-Presenter, Promoting Thriving In First-Year Honors Students: A Curricular Approach, Thriving Pre-Conference Workshop, First Year Experience Conference, Orlando, February 2016.


President, Mid-East Honors Association, 2012-2015.


Moderator and Panelist, Developing in Honors, "Celebrating Honors: Events, Rituals, and Traditions," National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 2015.


Panelist, Developing in Honors: Developing a Unique Identity for your Honors Program or College, National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Meeting, Denver, November 2014. 


Moderator and Panelist, Developing in Honors: Using Metrics in Honors: How to Justify Your Program or College's Value to Your Institution, National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 2013.


Panelist, Developing in Honors: Recruitment and Retention, National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Meeting, Boston, November 2012.


Promoting Research by Honors Students in Small Colleges, National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Meeting, Denver, November 2007.


Exploring the Relationship Between Institutional Mission and Honors, National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Meeting, St. Louis, October, 2005.


Dozens of history presentations, as well as many on unique pedagogies.


Contact Information

Building 0001, Room 1610

(904) 620-3954