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Teresa Bergman
Department Chair
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Jon Schamber

Jon SchamberDr. Jon Schamber, who has been a faculty member of the Department of Communication since Septem­ber 1980, retired from Pacific at the end of the 2013-2104 academic year and is enjoying his retirement. Dr. Schamber's connection with Pa­cific predates his employment as a professor at the University. In fact, the University's beloved forensics coach, Dr. Paul Winters, recruited him to debate for Pacific after grad­uating from Stagg High School in 1970. Four years later, after win­ning scores of debate tournaments, Dr. Winters asked his debate stu­dent to stay at Pacific for another year to complete a master's degree and serve as his assistant debate coach. Schamber then worked for two years as the Director of Debate at UC Berkeley prior to enrolling in a Ph.D. program at University of Oregon. At Oregon, he served as Director of Debate and Assistant Editor for the Quarterly Journal of Speech.

When Dr. Winters retired as Pa­cific's Director of Forensics, Dr. Schamber applied for the position and returned to Pacific in 1980. During the next 34 years, his ca­reer evolved from one decade to the next. He served as Director of Forensics for nine years, Chair of the Communication Department for four years, and Director of Graduate Studies for twenty years. In 1994, Dean Robert Benedetti recruited Dr. Schamber to work as the Associate Dean of the Col­lege. In this position, he managed the College budget, hand-certified the GE programs of all COP stu­dents, and ran the College orien­tation programs. Following his four-year tenure as Associate Dean, Dr. Schamber agreed to serve as the University's "part-time" Director of General Education from 2000 to 2004. As Director, he revamped the Mentor Seminar program by expanding service learning oppor­tunities for students. During his last year as Director of General Ed­ucation, 43% of the freshmen class signed up for community based learning sections of Mentor Semi­nar II. It was also during this peri­od that Dr. Schamber embarked on an ambitious assessment research agenda with Dr. Sandy Mahoney. Their research resulted in the publi­cation of a series of articles on high-impact educational practices in the Journal of General Education and many presentations at conferences of the Association for American Colleges and Universities. More recently, he served as the Director of Educational Effectiveness and Assessment for the College.

Dr. Schamber is the recipient of many awards, including the Faye and Alex G. Spanos Distin­guished Teaching Award (2002), the Distinguished Faculty Award (2003), the Judith M. Chambers Excellence in Student Life Award (2004), the Hoefer Prize in Expe­riential Learning (2007), Pacific Seminar I Teaching Excellence Award (2007), the Pacific Alumni Association Faculty Men­tor Award (2011), and Order of Pacific (2014).