Faculty Member Retires

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jon Deming

Jonathan C. Deming, PhD
Associate Professor of Economics

Jon Deming came to Seattle Pacific University in 1977 as one of the original faculty members of the School of Business and Economics. Jon says he knew he belonged when interview questions focused on his personal faith journey, sense of mission, and calling to SPU. During the early years, Jon was both the economics faculty and the SBE curriculum coordinator. In his role as curriculum coordinator, Jon helped shape SBE and its instructional program as it grew from five to 23 full-time faculty members.

Jon’s record of dedicated service to the University has impacted SPU governance, curricula, and student life. He is foremost a classroom teacher, advisor, and mentor, and he sees faith and economics as being complementary. During his 37 years, he has taught more than 150 sections of “Principles of Economics” and 8,000 students. It was not uncommon for students to arrive with anecdotes from their parents’ experience in Jon’s class.

After Jon’s retirement, he and Patricia, his wife of 40 years, plan to finish a house on Whidbey Island, read, travel, spoil six grandchildren, and “very slowly” grow older together.

Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014