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: 2017

New Position with Do Good Campus, University of Maryland


As of September 2017, I am serving as Senior Consultant, Do Good Campus, at the Do Good Institute in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. I engage faculty across disciplines in developing curriculums that integrate social innovation, civic engagement, service-learning, and philanthropy. I also provide consultation to the overall strategic development of the Do Good Campus. 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. The goal is for all UMD students to graduate motivated and equipped to effectively and successfully do good in their careers, their communities, and the world. Learn more about Do Good HERE

Service-Learning Essentials Enthusiastically Received


Since its publication in 2015 by Jossey-Bass, Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned has been warmly received by educators around the world. It serves as the text for numerous faculty learning communities. Translations into Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin are underway.

From Jodi Roth-Saks of West Chester University, where Service-Learning Essentials is the focus of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Center’s Fall Book Club: “Everyone agreed that your book was a great choice!”

Learn more and purchase HERE

Meet Me on the JCC Connexions Blog


JCC Connexions engages authors and readers in conversation about articles published in the Journal of College and Character. My article, “The New Student Activism: Supporting Students as Agents of Social Change,” appeared in the February 2017 issue and has since been selected for free access as an Editor’s Choice article. You can read the article HERE and participate in the conversation HERE.


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Barbara Jacoby

Internationally Recognized Leader in Service-Learning and Civic Engagement