John LiffitonResident Faculty
John Liffiton was born into a military family and thus moved all over the world. This instilled in him a sort of wander-lust, which has taken him to well over forty countries and four continents. He has not only visited numerous countries, but has also worked overseas for many years. He has lived and worked in England, France, Switzerland, Zaire, and spent thirteen years working in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
John has a BSc in Anthropology and a MA in English. He is also a 2012 graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy. Since he was hired in January 2000 at Scottsdale Community College, he has been the Faculty Senate President, the ESL Coordinator and the co-coordinator of the Honors Program. And for the last eight years, he has been the Founder/Director of Scottsdale Community College's annual genocide conference.
John went to Jaingmin, China for six weeks on a faculty exchange at the Wuyi Universtity. In 2006, he was asked by the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) to plan and implement an ESL workforce development program for the Faculty of Tourism at the University of St. Kliment in Ohrid, Macedonia. In 2008, John was a Fulbright Scholar in Morocco where he was on a program to bring back information on Moroccan literature to infuse into global studies programs, and again in 2016 to the Balkans to study Islam in Europe and particularly the Bosnian genocide.
In his spare time, he writes articles on history and has had several published in the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland and is a life-member of the Orders and Medals Society of America as well as an active member of the British Orders and Medals Society (OMRS) for over 35 years. He has been a member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and served on the board of Scottsdale Sister Cities and as Chairman of the Board for the Arizona Council for International Visitors.
He is also a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, a board member of the Phoenix Holocaust Association, a board member of the Martin Springer Institute, a member of the Phoenix Anti-Defamation League Educational Committee, also serves on the Fundraising Committee for the Robert Sutz Museum. He was recently awarded a commendation and blessing by the Archbishop of the Armenian Diocese for his work in education regarding the Armenian Genocide. He is also the 2015 recipient of the Shofar Zakhor Award for his role in Holocaust education by the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association.