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A mentor to many Central students who pursued teaching careers, James A. (Jim) Hudson has retired as professor emeritus of secondary education. He concluded his career at Central in December 1993 after more than 29 years of service to the university.
Throughout his tenure at the university, Hudson taught graduate and undergraduate courses in teacher education, instruction, and curriculum. He joined the faculty in 1964 as an assistant professor, and prior to his retirement was serving as professor of secondary education and coordinator of graduate studies in the area of secondary education.
Hudson began his teaching career in Kansas, where he taught in public secondary schools and served as a guidance counselor. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern College, Winfield, Kan.; a master’s degree from Emporia State Teachers College, Emporia, Kan.; and a doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
While at Central, Hudson was involved in some unique educational opportunities, including the Inner City Teacher Education Program (ICEP), which provided a cultural emphasis in the preparation of teachers. He has helped many school districts design and develop new curricula programs and has assisted in staff development to those programs.
Hudson has been active in campus committees at the department, college and university levels.
He and his wife Dee have two sons, Jeff and Greg. His retirement plans include working with school districts on program development on a limited basis and lots of fishing at Truman Lake.