Professor John P. J. Zajaros, Sr., “Jack” to his friends and Professor Z to vast majority of his students, is an Eagle Scout (Senior Patrol Leader, Troop 41 – Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church) and attended Bay High School, Bay Village, Ohio. He was the Bay High School Junior Class President (Class of ’73), lettered in football, wrestling, and track, was a member of the Bay High Symphonic Band (tuba) and Jazz Band, the Bay High Choir and Choraleers, and was selected for the All-Ohio Boy’s Band.
Jack was accepted to CWRU, the University of Tampa (music scholarship), Marquette University, and Yale University after 3 years of high school, with or without a diploma. Interestingly, Jack was offered a full music scholarship to Bowling Green State University after their director, Ivan Hammond, heard Jack play the tuba during the State of Ohio Solo and Ensemble Contest. Jack received all “I”s (ones) for his performance; but, sadly, Jack had to refuse Mr. Hammond’s generous offer…he was only a freshman at Bay High School at the time.
Instead of accepting admission to one of the aforementioned universities, Jack entered the US Army and served as a medic (1972-1973). He received an Honorable Discharge from the US Army and is a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Jack attended both CWRU and CSU and graduated with a BA, summa cum laude. He majored in anthropology (concentration in physical anthropology – think “Bones”) and minored in psychology and history. While at CWRU, Jack was the starting fullback on the CWRU Varsity Football Team.
Professor Z returned to school after a successful business career, transferring to Cleveland State in 1989. While at CSU, he was awarded the CSU High Achievement in Anthropology Award, presented a paper based on original research, A Survey of Age-Progressive Phenomena Affecting the Spine and Sacroiliac Joint, at the Central States Anthropology Association meetings, and founded the CSU Anthropology Association.
Professor Z was a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored doctoral fellowship recipient. He was admitted to a fast-track, BA to Ph.D. graduate program (bypassing the MA/MS requirement). The graduate program was sponsored by the NSF and a consortium that included: Columbia University, NYU, CUNY Graduate Center, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), and the New York Zoological Society.
Professor Z has also been a National Geographic, Cleveland State University, and Maya Mountain Archaeological Project (MMAP) Expedition member and researcher. Additionally, he has conducted independent research sponsored and funded by the New York Consortium on Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP), the NSF, Cleveland State University, the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, the State of Ohio, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and many other organizations and institutions.
Jack has conducted research in the United States and abroad on a variety of topics, to include: age-progressive phenomena affecting the spine and sacroiliac joint; the effect of climate on bone deposition (SUNY Buffalo, the University of Indiana – Purdue University, Indianapolis Medical School; Morris Island, South Carolina, NIH Rhesus monkey population – Beaufort, S. Carolina); the impact of a transitioning agrarian economy on the people of Bermudian Landing and the creation of the Bermudian Landing Howler Monkey Sanctuary, and many others.
Professor Z has been inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society, Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, and Phi Alpha Theta: National History Honor Society.
BTW, Professor Z has been happily married to his best friend, soul mate, and the reason for his success, Connie (Clark) Zajaros, for more than 3 decades (31 years on July 5th of 2015). Jack and Connie have 4 awesome children (John P. J. “Jack” Zajaros, Jr. April 21, 1976-July 1, 2012, Allison Christine Zajaros, Kayleigh Melissa Zajaros, and Emily Anne Zajaros) and 5 wonderful, happy, and beautiful granddaughters (Kailyn Christine – pictured above with grandpa, Brynn Elizabeth, McKenna Faye, Riley Anne and Addison Mae).
Contact Professor Z at 216-712-7004 (office) anytime for more information.