Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
2000 Iowa State University School of Education graduate
Five books. One hundred plus publications. More than 170 presentations. These are just a few of the accomplishments Jerlando F. L. Jackson has had so far in his career. And there are sure to be many more to come – because Jackson is leading the way when it comes to researching and promoting equality in education.
One of Jackson's roles is founder and Director and Chief Research Scientist of Wisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB). Its mission is to design, conduct, and disseminate research that informs policymakers, practitioners, and concerned citizens on how to best promote equitable and inclusive learning and work environments in education. Jackson's central research interest has been to explore workforce diversity and workplace discrimination in higher education.
Jackson says that while he was at Iowa State, the higher education faculty provided him the guidance and flexibility he needed to customize a program of study that enabled him to graduate with a competitive research portfolio. And since graduating from Iowa State, Jackson's continued research has led him to become a trusted expert in his field. Recently, he donated his services to support President Leath's diversity efforts by conducting the most comprehensive diversity study ever of Iowa State University.
When asked what he enjoys most about his career, Jackson said, "The possibility that the work I do might inspire educational leaders to take seriously the educational disparities that prevent underrepresented groups from realizing career and life goals." And with his groundbreaking research, educational equality for all is a subject that's gaining more and more traction. One book, publication, and presentation at a time.
"My current professional goal is to continue to build and provide leadership to Wisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) so that it emerges as a global leader and champion for equitable and inclusive educational organizations."
- Jerlando F.L. Jackson