IMG_8270For more than 40 years, I have had the privilege of working at the University of Maryland and at all types of colleges and universities to advance purposeful learning, community engagement, and student success. My current scholarship and practice are in the areas of high-impact educational practices with a primary focus on service-learning, civic engagement, critical reflection, and the on- and off-campus partnerships that underlie this work. My roots are in services, programs, advocacy, and research on behalf of college students, particularly the vast majority who live off campus.

Through Barbara Jacoby Consulting, I enjoy sharing what I have learned through my extensive research and practice with faculty, administrators, students, and community partners across the U.S. and internationally.  I have engaged colleagues in hundreds of keynote addresses, workshops, and strategic planning sessions and have provided consultation to more than 80 colleges and universities.

I develop each workshop, speech, and consultation specifically to meet your needs.  Please let me know how I can partner with you and your colleagues to benefit your students, your communities, and your institution.

Barbara Jacoby
Barbara Jacoby Consulting

What’s New: 2018

Do Good Faculty Fellows Program

dogoodSince September 2017, I have been serving as Senior Consultant, Do Good Campus, at the Do Good Institute in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. The Do Good Institute is a campus-wide hub for philanthropy, social innovation, nonprofit leadership, and research. It drives the development of the nation’s first Do Good Campus by creating opportunities to engage the entire student body in Do Good projects, courses, academic programs, and events. Learn more about Do Good HERE

In this role, I facilitate the 2018 Do Good Faculty Fellows Program, a year-long faculty learning community that engages faculty across disciplines in developing courses that integrate social innovation, civic engagement, service-learning, and philanthropy. The Fellows represent disciplines including architecture, finance, journalism, psychology, communication, sociology, and family science. I am also in the process of developing a series of videos to introduce students and faculty to service-learning. Learn more about the Do Good Faculty Fellows Program HERE

New Amazon Author Page

Jacoby and Dewey Citation!

downloadSince its publication in 2015, Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned continues to be warmly received by educators around the world. It serves as the text for numerous faculty learning communities. It is now available at a discounted price through Amazon, as are my other books. See my new Amazon Author page HERE.

It’s great to see that researchers and scholars around the world are citing my books frequently in their work. What a thrill to see me cited with my hero, John Dewey, in an article about a service-learning course on victim advocacy: “Consistent with expectations set forth by Jacoby (1996) and Dewey (1938) [italics mine], she [the instructor] met one-on-one with several nonprofit leaders to ensure: (1) That students’ service to the organization would be meeting a genuine need of that organization; (2) that the work the students would perform for the organization would align with what she perceived her course learning objectives would be; and, (3) that there would be a reciprocal relationship between the students and the organizational members.”

–Wellman, A. P., & DioGuardi, S. (2018). The Deweyan Approach to Learning Victim Advocacy: Seeing Beyond Stigmas and Facilitating Second Chances, Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology, 6 (1), p. 51.


Article on Student Activism Published in NASPA 100th Anniversary Collection


My article, “The New Student Activism: Supporting Students as Agents of Social Change,” appeared in the February 2017 issue of the Journal of College & Character. It has been selected for free access as part of NASPA’S 100th Anniversary Collection. You can read the article HERE.


Service-Learning Workshops at Chinese University of Hong Kong

IMG_0507In March, 2018, I presented two days of workshops at Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Colleagues from most universities in Hong Kong joined us. Topics included: “Integrating Service-Learning into the Curriculum Across Disciplines,” “Designing, Facilitating, and Assessing Critical Reflection in Service-Learning,” and “Assessment and Evaluation of Service-Learning Courses and Programmes.” Learn more about service-learning at Chung Chi College HERE.

This year’s speaking and consulting also included the National Leadership Symposium at the University of Tampa, Towson University, Tulsa Community College, University of Oklahoma, and a webinar for PaperClip Communications on satisfaction and completion of part-time and commuter students.

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Barbara Jacoby

Internationally Recognized Leader in Service-Learning and Civic Engagement