Jacob, W. James


Dr. W. James Jacob is an Associate Professor of International and Higher Education in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  Since 2007, Dr. Jacob has served as the Director of the Institute of International Studies in Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  His research interests include Higher Education Management; HIV/AIDS Multi-sectoral 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.  His teaching interests and expertise are in the areas of Higher Education Management, Strategic Planning, Human Resource Management, Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, International Development, Research Ethics, and Organizational Leadership and Strategy. He has worked with a number of private, public, bi-lateral, and multi-lateral organizations in his research endeavors, including Asian Development Bank, East-West Center, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, The World Bank, USAID, Pro Literacy Worldwide and many other organizations.  He has written extensively on comparative, international and development education topics with an emphasis on higher education.  His most recent book titled Community Engagement in Higher Education: Policy Reforms and Practice (with Stewart E. Sutin, John C. Weidman, and John L. Yeager. (Sense Publishers, 2015)  was published after a two book series related to the development of comparative, international, and development education titled International and Development Education (Pelgrave MacMillan) and Pittsburg Studies in Comparative and International Education (Sense Publishers)

Dr. Jacob holds two Master's Degrees, one in Organizational Behavior from the Marriott School of Management, the other in International Development from Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University and a PhD in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.