W. James Jacob

Director, Institute for International Studies in Education

School of Education
University of Pittsburgh

5714 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260 USA

Areas of Expertise
  • Higher education trends analysis, strategic planning, and quality assurance

  • HIV/AIDS multisectoral prevention, capacity building, and principles of good governance

  • Indigenous issues of culture, language, and identity

  • Multisectoral capacity building and training initiatives

  • Program planning and evaluation

Professional Biography

Dr. Jacob is Director of the Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE), which is based in the School of Education. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Jacob served as the Assistant Director at the Center for International and Development Education at UCLA's Graduate School of Education, where he also received his PhD in 2004. He has worked with a number of private, public, bi-lateral, and multi-lateral organizations in his research endeavors, including ADB, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNESCO, The World Bank, government ministries of education and health, USAID, ProLiteracy Worldwide, South Pacific Forum, and UNITUS. His teaching interests and experience are in the areas of higher education management, strategic planning, research methods, policy analysis, program evaluation, international development, social theory, multicultural education, research ethics, and organizational leadership and strategy. He has written extensively on comparative, international, and development education topics with an emphasis on higher education.

Research Interests & Current Projects

Dr. Jacob's research focuses on 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; international and development education; quality assurance; organizational development; higher education strategic planning; and organizational effectiveness. He has consulted with Ministries of Education and Health, ADB, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNESCO, USAID, and The World Bank on development projects in a number of international contexts. Much of Dr. Jacob's recent research initiatives include chairing the Comparative and International Education Society's Higher Education SIG and co-editing a new book series by Palgrave Macmillan entitled International and Development Education. He is currently directing the International Higher Education Initiative in the School of Education's Higher Education Management Program and IISE's Indigenous Education Project.

Courses Taught
  • ADMPS 3010 – Survey Research

  • ADMPS 3129 – Higher Education Human Resource Management

  • ADMPS 3136 – Comparative Higher Education

  • ADMPS 3301 – Social Theories in a Global Context

  • ADMPS 3343 – Comparative Education

  • ADMPS 3347 – International Organizations & Development Education

  • Education X331 – Current Issues in Comparative, International & Development Education (UCLA)

Selected Publications

Jacob, W. James; Cheng, Sheng Yao; & Porter, Maureen K. (Eds.) (2013 – Forthcoming.) Indigenous Education: Language, Culture, and Identity. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Hawkins, John N.; & Jacob, W. James. (Eds.) (2011). Policy Debates in Comparative, International and Development Education. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Weidman, John C.; & Jacob, W. James. (2011). Beyond the Comparative: Advancing Theory and Its Application to Practice. London, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers.

Jacob, W. James; Nsubuga, Yusuf K.; & Mugimu, Christopher B. (2009). Higher Education in Uganda: The Role of Community Colleges in Educational Delivery and Reform, in Rosalind Latiner-Raby & Edward Valeau (Eds.) Community College Models: Globalization and Higher Education Reform. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Holsinger, Donald B.; & Jacob, W. James. (Eds.) (2008). Inequality in Education: Comparative and International Perspectives. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Jacob, W. James; Holsinger, Donald B.; & Mugimu, Christopher B. (2008). Private Secondary Education in Uganda: Implications for Planning. Teachers College Record, 110(4): 867–893.

Cheng, Sheng Yao; & Jacob, W. James. (2007). A Comparative Case Study on Indigenous Educational Policies between Taiwan and the United States. Comparative Education, 63(2): 40–78.

Jacob, W. James; Shaw, Stacey M.; Morisky, Donald E.; Hite, Steven J.; & Nsubuga, Yusuf K. (2007). HIV/AIDS Education: What African Youth Say is Effective. Families in Society, 88(1): 104–114.

Jacob, W. James; Mosman, Stacey M.; Hite, Steven J.; Morisky, Donald E.; & Nsubuga, Yusuf K. (2007). Evaluating HIV/AIDS Education Programmes in Ugandan Secondary Schools. Development in Practice, 17(1): 114–123.

Hite, Julie M.; Hite, Steven J.; Jacob, W. James; Rew, W. Joshua; Mugimu, Christopher B.; & Nsubuga, Yusuf K. (2006). Building Bridges for Resource Acquisition: Network Relationships between Headteachers in Uganda Private Secondary Schools. International Journal of Educational Development, 26(5): 495–512.

Jacob, W. James. (2006). Social Justice in Chinese Higher Education: Issues of Equity and Access. International Review of Education, 52(1): 149–169.

Morisky, Donald E.; Jacob, W. James; Nsubuga, Yusuf K.; & Hite, Steven J. (Eds.) (2006). Overcoming AIDS: Lessons Learned from Uganda. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Cheng, Sheng Yao; & Jacob, W. James. (2005). Toward the Future of Education: The EPAM Approach to Educational Reform. Journal of Education Research, 129(1): 145–154.

Jacob, W. James; Smith, Troy D.; Hite, Steven J.; & Cheng, Sheng Yao. (2004). Helping the Street Children: An Analysis of the Model for Orphan Resettlement and Education (MORE). Journal of Children & Poverty, 10(1): 3–21.