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Diverse Issues spotlights Jackson’s important work broadening research beyond the academy

September 24, 2018

UW-Madison’s Jerlando Jackson is featured in a special edition of Diverse Issues in Higher Education as the magazine showcases the accomplishments of distinguished professors of color.

The Diverse Issues article about the work of Jackson is headlined, “Professor Broadens Research Beyond the Academy.”

Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, and a faculty member and chair of the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He also is director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. He is a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).

Cover of Diverse Issues' special editionDiverse Issues in Higher Education reports that Jackson was the first African American to be selected by UW-Madison as a Vilas Distinguished Professor in 2012.

“I was very pleased that my department, School of Education and university felt that my body of work, including my contributions on campus, warranted the distinction,” Jackson tells Diverse. “I quickly also learned that these distinctions come with responsibilities to take on important university service obligations.”

The report continues: “An expert on hiring practices, career mobility, workforce diversity and workplace discrimination in hiring education, Jackson has emerged as a national thought leader, authoring over 125 publications and a handful of books including, ‘Measuring Glass Ceiling Effects: Opportunities and Challenges’ and ‘Strengthening the African-American Educational Pipeline: Informing Research, Policy and Practice.’ ”

The report also quotes Melvin C. Terrell, vice president emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University, speaking to the importance of Jackson and his ongoing research and scholarship.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have someone of Dr. Jackson’s caliber leading the commitment to advancing the quality of diversity in higher education,” says Terrell, who was the subject of Jackson’s new book called “Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs,” which honors and chronicles Terrell’s contributions to the field of student affairs. “He is a stellar scholar and has made a tremendous contribution to the field. He has built a strong reputation as one of the most respected scholars in the nation.”

To learn much more, make sure and check out the entire report by Jamal Watson for free on this Diverse Issues web page.

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