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: 2019

Do Good Faculty Fellows Pilot Program Successful

DsswLcLWoAAw6oGIt was a pleasure to facilitate the pilot year of the Do Good Faculty Fellows Program, a learning community that engaged 10 faculty members across disciplines in developing courses that integrate social innovation, civic engagement, service-learning, and philanthropy. The first Fellows cohort represented disciplines including architecture, finance, journalism, psychology, communication, sociology, and family science. One Fellow developed and taught a new service-learning course on dying, death, and grieving for future health professionals. Others included a project-based course on justice and the law and a communication course on applying principles of rhetoric to civic life. Read an interview with one of the Fellows HERE.

Service-Learning Essentials Published in Korean and Mandarin

IMG_5150Since its publication in 2015, Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned continues to be warmly received by educators around the world. I was delighted to receive copies of the Korean and Mandarin translations. The book has served as the text for numerous faculty learning communities and now can do so for Korean- and Chinese-speaking colleagues. 
Service-Learning Essentials is available at a discounted price through Amazon, as are my other books. See my Amazon Author page HERE

Training K-12 Teachers in Service-Learning


It was a pleasure to engage teachers from the Georgetown Independent School District in Georgetown, Texas as service-learners in an experience in which they interviewed residents of an elder-care community on their memories of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. At the community’s request, the teachers then prepared memory boards with photos and significant quotes from the interviews to display for all residents to view. The teachers-as-service-learners then reflected on and assessed their experience as a prelude to a workshop on how to implement service-learning with their own students.

Panel Discussion of the Ethics of Service-Learning

IMG_4178As part of Activation April at the University of Maryland, I moderated a panel of service-learning educators about the complexities and dilemmas of service-learning. An active audience of more than 60 students discussed questions like: Is “voluntourism” always a bad thing? How do we avoid the pitfalls of “saviorism”? What is “poverty porn” and why is it problematic?

New Article on Civic Engagement and the Arts


As Contributing Editor for the Journal of College & Character, my article, Educating Students for Civic Engagement: What the Arts Have To Do With It,” was published in the November 2019 issue. You can read it online HERE





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Barbara Jacoby

Internationally Recognized Leader in Service-Learning and Civic Engagement