Associate Director and Assistant Professor
Expertise: Nontraditional higher education, literature, and composition
At North Park since: 1996
Jud says that the School of Professional Studies provides a uniquely collegial and supportive environment for adult nontraditional students. "Working with adult students at North Park reminds me of the value of continuous lifelong learning," he says, "and that learning which does not transform does little for the learner or others."
He appreciates the fact that adult students bring their life and work experiences into every class. "In the School of Professional Studies, those experiences are an integral part of the learning process for students and faculty alike," Jud explains. Many of his students are already working in the fields in which they hope to advance and are pursuing a degree for professional security and advancement.
Jud has worked with North Park’s adult program since 1999, when he began as an off-campus coordinator, and teaches interdisciplinary general education courses in the School of Professional Studies. He received an MA from the University of Chicago and is pursuing an EdD at Indiana Wesleyan University.
- Judson Curry, “Academic autonomy for adult degree programs: Independence with integration,” New Directions for Higher Education, 159 (2012): 37–44.