November 8, 2012
To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: James Earl Davis, Interim Dean and Professor of Higher Education, College of Education, Temple University
I regret to inform you that Professor James Roberge passed away on Monday, November 5th. Jim joined the Temple faculty in 1968 as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut that same year. He had previously taught high school mathematics at Avon High School in Avon, Massachusetts. Prior to completing his doctoral work, Jim was a National Science Foundation Fellow in Mathematics at Northwestern University and a U.S. Department of Education Fellow at Connecticut. Jim published more than 40 articles in the area of logic and deductive reasoning, and created more than 20 computer programs for calculating various statistical procedures. In the early part of his career he was best known for creating an extensive series of programmed texts for elementary and secondary mathematics instruction.
Jim’s initial teaching responsibilities in the College were in the area of statistics. He is primarily responsible for the creation of the existing statistics sequence in Educational Psychology with a specific focus on the two doctoral level courses which served as core courses for the College’s Ph.D. programs. In his later years he turned his attention to undergraduate teaching as he created and taught the course in assessment for the teacher preparation programs. He was also one of the earliest faculty members in the College to create on-line courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. He was a passionate advocate for the students he taught, consistently demanding that they achieve at their highest level. In his 44 years in the College of Education, it could always be said of Jim that anything he was asked to do was done well. His knowledge, passion and commitment will be missed.