Dr. W. James Jacob is currently Vice President of Innovation and International at Collaborative Brain Trust (CBT). He has held several senior higher education leadership positions, including as a leadership faculty member and Director of the Institute for International Studies in Education at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a results-oriented senior manager and researcher specializing in strategic planning, quality assurance, academic affairs, community engagement, and change management.
Dr. Jacob has extensive academic experience in higher education management; professional development and training programs; instructional design and delivery; institutional effectiveness; and managing external research and program funding initiatives. His international networks span every major global region, where he has helped forge sustainable partnerships with universities, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and alumni networks. Some of the organizations Dr. Jacob has worked with include ACT, Asian Development Bank, Ayers Foundation, East-West Center, European Union, Human Dynamics, Institute of International Education, Lumina Foundation, National Rural Education Association, ProLiteracy Worldwide, South Pacific Forum, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, The World Bank, USAID, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of State, and many government ministries of education and health.
He is the co-editor of two book series related to the development of comparative, international, and development education (CIDE) scholarship: International and Development Education (Palgrave Macmillan) and Pittsburgh Studies in Comparative and International Education (Brill | Sense). His most recent books include New Directions of STEM Research and Learning in the World Ranking Movement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); Trends in Chinese Education (Routledge, 2017); Strategic Transformation of Higher Education: Challenges and Solutions in a Global Economy (Rowan & Littlefield, 2016); Indigenous Education: Language, Culture, and Identity (Springer, 2015); Community Engagement in Higher Education: Policy Reforms and Practice (Sense Publishers, 2015); Economics and Finance in Higher Education (Pearson, 2014); and Policy Debates in Comparative, International, and Development Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). He has written extensively on CIDE topics with an emphasis on higher education leadership, strategic planning, community engagement, interdisciplinary partnerships, professional development, quality assurance, and organizational effectiveness.
He is currently a Fulbright Senior Specialist (2015-2020), where he offers capacity building expertise to governments on higher education strategic planning, research, and workforce development. Maintaining close networking relationships with higher education institutions in several countries, Dr. Jacob has served as a visiting professor at Peking University, China (2013 to the present); East-West Center, USA (2015, 2018 to the present); and National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan (2015).
Dr. Jacob holds master’s degrees in Organizational Behavior (Marriott School of Management) and International Development (Kennedy Center for International Studies) from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is married to an art educator, Natalie, and they are the parents of three children.