Jeff Colbert

I can easily understand the value of faith in the university setting; I accepted Christ as my Savior as a college freshman!! My Mom insured that I was actively involved in a church everywhere we lived. We moved a great deal in my childhood, so once we moved, Mom would find the nearest Baptist church, preferably one within walking distance, asap. I did most of the "normal" church activities and, for the most part, did what I was supposed to do. As I looked ahead to attending college, however, I fully intended to engage in numerous activities I had NOT engaged in while still living with my Mom. And, to be honest, most of them were neither healthy nor moral!! However, during my freshman year, I realized that, while always having been a "church-goer", I had never truly accepted Christ into my life as my Lord and Savior. My college roommate and a group called the Navigators were instrumental in that revelation and I made a life-changing decision. Like all Christians, I have lived, and continue to live, an imperfect life. But I continue to try to be more and more the person I am supposed to be each day. My faith especially informs how I teach. I must be fair to my students, I must be honest, I must be understanding, and I must do all those things without lowering my standards or accepting less than the best from my students. After 35 years of teaching, I am still working on that!!!

My Life

Favorite Quote

What is legal will not always be right; what is right will not always be legal.

Friends describe me

Friendly; easy to talk to. I'd have to let them say the rest!

My hobbies


Fantasy dinner guests

My Dad, and his Dad, my PawPaw, passed away years ago. I do NOT know with any certainty where they are today. I would have a meal with them to confirm their salvation and, if necessary, have one final chance to witness to them.

Best advice I ever received

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. My Mom preached this regularly, both in word and deed.

My undergrad alma mater

UNC Greensboro

My worst subject in school


In college I drove

Numerous vehicles!! (It took 16 years to get my BA and MPA!!

If I weren't a professor, I would

be very, very sad. This is what God intended for me to do. But a counselor would be #2.

Favorite books

Science Fiction; Fantasy; Mysteries; and, of course, political stuff!!

Favorite movies

The Great Escape; Twelve Angry Men; Fail Safe; all of the Star Wars and Star Trek movies (even the bad ones)

Favorite city

To live--Greensboro, NC; to visit--Washington, DC; to vacation--Orlando, FL (DisneyWorld!!)

Favorite coffee

A ghastly drink!! Sweet tea with lemon, please!!

Nobody knows I

am a closet introvert.

My latest accomplishment

I taught through Covid!!!

Current Research

As a Senior Lecturer, I do not have research responsibilities. However, I teach a lot of classes and do a lot of service!!