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Press Release for Monday, April 15, 2019

UNF Presents 2019 Distinguished Professor Award at Fall Convocation

The University of North Florida will present Dr. David Jaffee, a sociology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, the 2019 Distinguished Professor award during the 48th Annual Convocation ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall, Building 45.

Jaffee, a Neptune Beach resident, is the 42nd faculty member at UNF to hold the title of Distinguished Professor, the highest honor to be conferred upon a University faculty member.

“Dr. Jaffee exemplifies what we mean at UNF by the term ‘distinguished professor’: he has an active scholarly agenda, is a dedicated teacher committed to the success of his students and is fully engaged in service to the community,” said Dr. Pam Chally, UNF interim provost and vice president.

Jaffee has been a faculty member in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work for 19 years and teaches courses in Introduction to Sociology, Social Change and International Development, Political Sociology and Social Science Data Analysis

His areas of expertise include economic sociology, political economy, organization theory, sociology of higher education, the port economy, labor, international development, social and economic crises as well as work and organizations. He has published over 30 articles on these topics as well as two books, “Levels of Socio-Economic Development Theory” and “Organization Theory: Tension and Change.”

In 2009, Jaffee launched The Ports Project, a community-based research project aimed at studying the various aspects and implications of a port economy and the expansion of the Jaxport enterprise. More recently, he has published on the relationship between neoliberalism, capitalist economic crises and the demise of democracy.

He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Hong Kong, where he spent the 2010 academic year. In 2015, Jaffee received the Guardian and Defender of the Environment award from the Sierra Club of Northeast Florida for his research and writing opposing the proposed deepening/dredging of the St Johns River.


Additionally, he’s a member of the American Sociological Association, Southern Sociological Society and the Democratic Socialists of America.

Jaffee earned his doctorate degree in sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a master’s degree in political science from Washington University-St. Louis. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida, graduating as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, America’s most prestigious academic honor society

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.


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