Jeffrey Shaffer

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Jeffrey Shaffer

Adjunct Instructor, Department of Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems

Jeffrey A. Shaffer, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Information Technology and Analytics at Unifund and Recovery Decision Science. Mr. Shaffer joined Unifund in 1996 and has been instrumental in the creation and development of the complex systems, analytics and business intelligence platform at Unifund. Mr. Shaffer has attended the Harvard Business School's Executive Education Program, is a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence through the American Society for Quality, a Certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute and has completed Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt training with the Xavier Consulting Group. Mr. Shaffer is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business teaching Data Visualization where he was awarded the 2016 Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award for Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems. He is a regular speaker at conferences, symposiums, universities and corporate training programs on the topic of data visualization, data mining and Tableau. Mr.Shaffer has taught data visualization at the KPMG Advisory University, KPMG Global Analytics and for the University of Cincinnati Center for Business Analytics. He was a finalist in the 2011 Tableau Interactive Visualization Competition, one of the Elite 8 in the 2014 Tableau Sports Visualization Contest, the winner of the 2014 Tableau Quantified Self Visualization Contest and competed in the 2014 Tableau Iron Viz Contest. He was selected as one of thirty Tableau Zen Masters in the world for 2018 and is a founder and leader of the Cincinnati Tableau User Group. Mr. Shaffer is an author of The Big Book of Dashboards which was on the Shortlist for the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards in 2017. He curates the TableauReferenceGuide.com and blogs regularly on the topics of Data Visualization and Tableau at DataPlusScience.com which was on the Shortlist for the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards in 2016. His visualization Beautiful Trash was on the Longlist for the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards in 2017 and featured as one of the 75 best Infographics of 2017 by Column Five Media.

Teaching Interest
Data Visualization and Data Analysis

Research Interest
Data Visualization, Data Science and Data Mining

Awards | Honors
Organization: University of Cincinnati, Lindner College of Business
Name: Dean's List of Teaching Excellence
Year Received: 2018

Organization: Tableau
Name: 2018 Tableau Zen Master
Year Received: 2018

Organization: Column Five Media
Name: 75 Best Infographics of 2017
Year Received: 2017

Organization: University of Cincinnati, Lindner College of Business
Name: Dean's List of Teaching Excellence
Year Received: 2017

Organization: Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards
Name: Longlist for the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards
Year Received: 2017

Organization: Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards
Name: Shortlist for the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards
Year Received: 2017

Organization: University of Cincinnati, Lindner College of Business
Name: Dean's List of Teaching Excellence
Year Received: 2016

Organization: University of Cincinnati, Lindner College of Business
Name: Outstanding Adjunct Professor in Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems
Year Received: 2016

Organization: Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards
Name: Shortlist for the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards
Year Received: 2016

Organization: Tableau
Name: 2016-2017 Tableau Zen Master
Year Received: 2016

Organization: University of Cincinnati, Lindner College of Business
Name: Dean's List of Teaching Excellence
Year Received: 2015

Organization: Tableau
Name: 2015-2016 Tableau Zen Master
Year Received: 2015

Organization: University of Cincinnati, Lindner College of Business
Name: Dean's List of Teaching Excellence
Year Received: 2014

Education
Institution: Xavier University
Major: Business Administration
Completed: 2007
Degree: MBA

Published Contributions
Jeff Camm, Michael Fry, Jeffrey Shaffer,  (2017). A Practitioner's Guide to Best Practices in Data Visualization. Interfaces.