Tuma began teaching at Tri-C as an adjunct instructor in 1991.
He left his law practice in 2013 to become a full-time faculty
member at the College, a move Tuma called one of his best career
“I have always described teaching as my first love,” Tuma wrote
in a letter that accompanied his nomination for the AACC award
by Tri-C President Alex Johnson.
Tuma championed the
humanities at Tri-C, working with the College’s Jack, Joseph and
Morton Mandel Scholars program and helping lead the Robert L.
Lewis Academy of Scholars. In addition, he served as a student
mentor and Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society faculty advisor.
He also collaborated with
academic administration on the creation of the College’s First
Year Experience and other student-focused issues through his
role as president of Tri-C's American Association of University
Tuma’s work to help students will continue through the newly
created Jeffrey Tuma Student Emergency Fund. The Cuyahoga
Community College Foundation established the fund after his
death in January.
The College has also dedicated its “We The People” campus
conversation series to Tuma.