Dr. Frederick C. Jefferson, Jr., assistant to the President for University and Community Affairs at the University of Rochester, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Gamma Theta Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional organization for educators.
The award is given yearly to individuals who have served with distinction in teaching and education for 30 years or more, in both the classroom and the community.
Jefferson, a strong proponent of community volunteerism, earned the Distinguished Service Award for his leadership in a wide range of community-oriented activities. He serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Rochester, the United Way of New York State, United Neighborhood Centers of Greater Rochester Foundation, and the Rochester Zoo Society. In the past he also has been chair of the board of directors for Action for a Better Community, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Greater Rochester, and the Rochester chapter of the United Way.
"I consider myself an 'educational activist,' a teacher who pursues useful and creative change through the education of self and others," Jefferson said.
Jefferson teaches courses in group dynamics and systems change at the Warner Graduate School in Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester.