John Jacobson

John Jacobson

Professor of Elementary Education

Curriculum Vitae


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About John E. Jacobson

Dr. Jacobson recently returned to faculty after serving 8 years as dean of Teachers College at Ball State University. In his career of over 42 years in education, he has published numerous articles, monographs and book chapters, and delivered over 100 scholarly papers at state, national, and international conferences. He has chaired or served on various professional and governmental committees and boards at all levels, including the boards of the American Association of College for Teacher Education, Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities, and the Smithsonian Science Education Center board. He has received numerous awards for teaching and service and has secured over $36 million from state, federal, professional organization, and foundation sources. Prior to his career in higher education, he worked 15 years in the public schools- 6 years as teacher and 9 years as principal.

Professional Experience



Ed.D., Elementary Education with major in Reading

Brigham Young University,1990

Ed.S., Educational Administration with major in Public School Administration

Brigham Young University, 1983

M.Ed., Elementary Curriculum & Instruction

Brigham Young University,1978

B.S., Elementary Education with Specialty in Science

Brigham Young University, 1975

Certifications: Professional Administrative/Supervisory State of Utah (K-12) includes Superintendent
Elementary Education (1-8)

Research and Publications

Jacobson, J. (July, 2017). Creating and Sustaining Exemplary Teacher Education Programs in the 21st Century: Recent Winners of the Christa McAuliffe award tell us why and how they did it. American Association of State Colleges and University Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Jacobson, J. (April, 2017). Navigating the Academic Job: Perspectives from Deans, Late-Career Faculty, and New Faculty at Varying Universities. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Jacobson, J. (October, 2016). Education Reimagined: The Top 10 Education Innovations of the Last 100 Years and a Forecast of the Next. Fall Conference of the Council of Academic Deans From Research Education Institutions, Palm Springs, CA.

Areas of Expertise

  • Creating and Sustaining Strong Professional Development Schools
  • Early Literacy
  • Principals Role in Literacy Instruction
  • Technology in Education
  • Building and Sustaining Viable Higher Education Programming

Other Professional Activities

American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Board of Directors

Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities, Executive Board Member

Board of Examiner, The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Smithsonian Science Education Center Ad-hoc Committee on Higher Education, Chair

Smithsonian Science Education Center Advisory Board, Member

Professor Garfield Foundation Inc. Board of Directors, Member

The Teacher Educator, Editorial Advisory Board