Barbara Jacoby is a Higher Education Consultant who engages educators and community partners in workshops, keynote speeches, consultations, strategic planning, and webinars and other online formats. Audiences include faculty, senior administrators, student affairs professionals, service-learning and community engagement professionals, teachers, and community leaders. Areas of focus include service-learning, civic and community engagement, curriculum development, high-impact educational practices, experiential learning inside and outside the classroom, academic affairs-student affairs partnerships, campus-community partnerships, assessment of student learning and community impact, program evaluation, commuter/off-campus/new traditional students.
As Senior Consultant, Do Good Campus in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, she led the 2018 Do Good Faculty Fellows Program. In this role, she engaged faculty in developing curriculums that integrate social innovation, civic engagement, service-learning, and philanthropy. She also provided consultation to the overall strategic development of the Do Good Campus. Dr. Jacoby is Affiliate Associate Professor of Higher Education, Student Affairs and International Education Policy.
She served as Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning at the University of Maryland from 2011 to 2016. In this role, she facilitated initiatives involving academic partnerships, service-learning, and community engagement. Dr. Jacoby launched community service-learning at the University of Maryland in 1992. She served as Senior Scholar for the Adele H. Stamp Student Union from 2005-2011, Director of the Office of Community Service-Learning from 2003 to 2005, Director of Commuter Affairs and Community Service from 1992 to 2003, and Director of the Office of Commuter Affairs from 1983 to 1992, all at the University of Maryland. She was Director of the National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs from 1983 to 2003.
Dr. Jacoby’s publications include seven books: Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned (Jossey-Bass, 2015), Looking In, Reaching Out: A Reflective Guide for Community Service-Learning Professionals (with Pamela Mutascio, Campus Compact, 2010), Civic Engagement in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices (Jossey-Bass, 2009), Building Partnerships for Service-Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2003), Involving Commuter Students in Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2000), Service-Learning in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices (Jossey-Bass, 1996), and The Student as Commuter: Developing a Comprehensive Institutional Response(ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, 1989).
Dr. Jacoby has served as Campus Compact’s Engaged Scholar for Professional Development. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education from 1980 to 2011. She has held many leadership positions in NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and ACPA – College Student Educators International. She is an ACPA Senior Scholar Diplomate after serving as a Senior Scholar from 2010 to 2015. She received the 2016 Recognition of Exemplary Contribution through Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement: Distinguished Career from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and the 2010 Maryland Campus Compact Scholarship Award. Dr. Jacoby writes and consults extensively and makes numerous keynote speeches and presentations across the U.S. and around the world.