W. James Jacob

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W. James Jacob

W. James Jacob

University of Pittsburgh
5714 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-7216
Email: wjacob@pitt.edu

Faculty - Director IISE

Dr. James Jacob is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include higher education management; HIV/AIDS multisectoral prevention, capacity building, and principles of good governance; indigenous education issues of culture, language, and identity as they relate to post-secondary education; quality assurance; organizational development; higher education strategic planning; and organizational effectiveness. He has devoted the past 15 years of his academic and professional life to helping to promote issues related to comparative, international, and development education (CIDE) initiatives. He is the co-editor of two book series related to the development of CIDE scholarship: International and Development Education (Palgrave Macmillan) and Pittsburgh Studies in Comparative and International Education (Sense Publishers). His most recent books include Indigenous Education: Language, Culture, and Identity (with Sheng Yao Cheng, and Maureen Porter, Springer, 2015); Policy Debates in Comparative, International, and Development Education (with John Hawkins, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); Beyond the Comparative: Advancing Theory and Its Application to Practice (with John Weidman, Sense Publishers, 2011); and Inequality in Education: Comparative and International Perspectives (with Donald B. Holsinger, Comparative Education Research Centre, University of Hong Kong and Springer, 2008). Since 2007, he has served as the Director of the Institute for International Studies in Education, which facilitates the international activities of the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.

School Affiliations

Recent Publications

  • Jacob, W. James; Sutin, Stewart E.; Weidman, John C.; & Yeager, John L. (Eds.) 2015. Community Engagement in Higher Education: Policy Reforms and Practice. Boston, Taipei, London, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Jacob, W. James; Cheng, Sheng Yao; & Porter, Maureen K. (Eds.) 2015. Indigenous Education: Language, Culture, and Identity. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
  • Jacob, W. James. 2015. Social Media, Social Intelligence, and Emerging Trends in Higher Education Communication, in Deane Neubauer and Kamila Ghazali (Eds.) Technology and Workplace Skills for the Twenty-First Century: Asia Pacific Universities in the Globalized Economy (pp. 25-36). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Jacob, W. James. 2015. Globalization and Higher Education Policy Reform, in Joseph Zajda (Ed.) Second International Handbook on Globalisation, Education and Policy Research (pp. 151-165). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-9493-0_10
  • Jacob, W. James; Xiong, Weiyan; & Ye, Huiyuan. 2014. Establishing a Standard for Academic Excellence: Professional Development Programs at Four World-Class Universities. Peking University Education Review, 12(2): 27-46.
  • Cheng, Sheng Yao; & Jacob, W. James. 2012. Expansion and Stratification of Higher Education Opportunity in Taiwan. Chinese Education and Society, 45(5-6): 112-133. DOI: 10.2753/CED1061-1932450509.
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