Professor jackson

Jerlando F. L. Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and the Director and Chief Research Scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Fueled by more than 125 publications, Professor Jackson’s research on hiring practices, career mobility, workforce diversity, and workplace discrimination has evolved into his focus on organizational disparities. He has authored or edited six books, including Measuring Glass Ceiling Effects: Opportunities and Challenges (2014) and Ethnic and Racial Administrative Diversity: Understanding Work Life Realities and Experiences in Higher Education (2009). Professor Jackson has established multiple groundbreaking initiatives that include serving as Founding Executive Director of the Center for African American Research and Policy (CAARP) in 2005, Founding Co-Director of the Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Course on African Americans and Education held at the American Educational Research Association since 2007, Founding Director of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) in 2010, and Co-Founder of the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education in 2011. He has also received external funding to develop the Beyond the Game program and the National Study of Intercollegiate Athletics, transformational projects related to the experiences of student-athlete and staff in intercollegiate athletics.

“Organizations are made up of people, it is the people and their decision making, we need to change.”
– Jerlando F. L. Jackson, PhD

The recipient of more than 20 honors and awards, Professor Jackson was awarded the Mildred Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University, the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Committee on Scholars of Color at the American Education Research Association, and the Brown Award for Excellence in Higher Education and Community Service from the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute. He was named to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s list of “Nine Distinguished Educators that Are Making a Mark” and Madison365’s “Black Power List” both in 2018. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University. Professor Jackson has delivered over 250 research papers and keynote addresses globally. He also has a portfolio of research focused on interventions designed to broaden participation for underrepresented groups in the scientific workforce with a career stretching over 18 years, having earned over $13 million in grant and research funds.

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