Jerlando F.L. Jackson

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

By The Iowa State University Alumni Association

Established in 1968, the Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes ISU alumni age 40 and under who have excelled in their professions and provided service to their communities. Up to three awards are granted annually.

jerlando-jacksonJerlando F. L. Jackson
Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 2000
Verona, Wisconsin

Jerlando F. L. Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His early career achievements, including becoming the first African-American to be hired, tenured, promoted to full professor, and bestowed a named professorship in his department, have put him in an extremely elite category for professional achievement. His extensive and celebrated research resulted in the creation of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei Lab), of which he currently serves as director and senior research scientist. He has already published nine books or edited volumes, 30 refereed journal articles, 26 book chapters, and 37 other publications and is considered one of the nation’s foremost scholars on the subjects of workforce diversity and workplace discrimination in higher education.

Jackson, who earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and his master’s degree from Auburn University, came to Iowa State in 1997. He worked as an assistant to the dean for the College of Education while pursuing his Ph.D. Soon after graduating, he began his affiliation with the University of Wisconsin, starting as a visiting assistant professor. In his short career he has already earned such distinguished honors as the American Educational Research Association Committee on Scholars of Color’s Distinguished Scholar Award, the American Educational Research Association Multicultural/Multiethnic Education Special Interest Group’s Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Exemplary Scholarship, the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Council on Ethnic Participation’s Junior Scholar Award, and the ISU College of Human Sciences’ Outstanding Young Professional Award. He has been a fellow of the 17th Frontiers of Science Symposium for the National Academy of Sciences and of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Entrepreneurship Research Camp.

He is a member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Association for Institutional Research, the American College Personnel Association, the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals, the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators, and Phi Delta Kappa.

Jackson and LaShonda L. Irby are parents to Sage K. Jackson and Saylor E. Jackson. He is a life member of the ISU Alumni Association.