Past News


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!”

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The New Student Activism

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 and has since been selected for free access as an Editor’s Choice article. You can read it HERE.

Speaking and Consulting

This year’s speaking and consulting took me to Illinois State University, North Central College, University of Connecticut, and Norwalk Community College, among other campuses. Also another webinar for PaperClip Communications on enhancing the educational success of commuter students.


I was honored to receive the Recognition of Exemplary Contribution through Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement: Distinguished Career on September 26, 2016 from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). This recognition “acknowledges and celebrates intellectual leadership through a body of work that has broad and deep impact on service-learning and community engagement including the study of it, the practice of it, and the cultures and systems within which it is undertaken.”

This year’s speaking and consulting took me to Siena College to keynote the “Engage for Change” conference co-sponsored by New York Campus Compact. Also Indiana University Kokomo and Morgan State University, among other engagements.


My Latest Book!

Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned
Barbara Jacoby
Foreword by Jeffrey Howard
Jossey-Bass, 2015

“A service to the field of service-learning.”
“An artful marriage of basic building blocks and critical issues.”
“Jacoby is well-suited to the task of crafting a comprehensive review having been a mainstay scholar and practitioner of service-learning for decades.”
—Lina Dostilio, Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Spring 2015

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Speaking and Consulting

This year’s speaking and consulting took me to Asia twice for a week of speaking and consulting at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the spring. In the fall, I returned to Taiwan to do a week of consultations, workshops, and keynotes. In addition to consulting with officials in the Department of Education, I visited Chung Yuan Christian University, Hsuan Chuang University, Feng Chia University, Ling Tung University, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei Medical University, and Dwen An Social Welfare Fund.

It was an honor to present the keynote at the Alpha Phi Omega National Volunteer Conference: “What Kind of Citizen? Reflecting on the Relationship of Volunteering to Social Change.” I also spoke at DePaul University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Barry University, University of New Haven, Florida Southern College, and University of Vermont.


Officials of the Department of Education, Taipei, Taiwan