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We are pleased to announce that Michigan State University has selected Jerlando F.L. Jackson, PhD to serve as the next dean of the College of Education, effective July 1, 2022. Jackson will also hold the title of MSU Foundation Professor of Education. The recommendation is subject to approval by the MSU Board of Trustees.

Jackson currently holds both the Rupple-Bascom Professor of Education and Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has spent more than two decades of his career. In addition, he chairs the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and is founder, director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory.  

Jackson’s research has included advancements in hiring practices, career mobility, workforce diversity and workplace discrimination, all of which have evolved into his focus on organizational disparities — a term he is credited with coining. In more than two decades of work with UW-Madison, he co-founded the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education in 2011 and was elected an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow (Section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering) in 2021. He has garnered more than $13 million in external funding, including development of the Beyond the Game program and the National Study of Intercollegiate Athletics, both transformational projects related to the experiences of student-athletes and staff in intercollegiate athletics. With a portfolio of research focused on interventions designed to broaden participation for underrepresented groups in the scientific workforce, Jackson has produced more than 125 research publications, six authored or co-edited books and has delivered more than 250 research papers and keynote addresses globally. Jackson earned degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and Auburn University and earned his doctorate in higher education from Iowa State University. He joined UW-Madison in 2000 as a visiting professor and became the first African American faculty member in his department.  

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