G. Jason Jolley is an Assistant Professor of Economic Development and MPA Director at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. At Ohio University, he also serves as a Research Fellow in the Center for Entrepreneurship and directs Ohio University’s portion of the US Economic Development Administration University Center (joint with Bowling Green State University).
Dr. Jolley previously worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Senior Research Director for the Center for Competitive Economies, an applied economic development research center in the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Kenan-Flagler Business School. At UNC, he led the Center's research activities in economic development incentive policy evaluation and development, strategic planning, impact analysis, and industry cluster characterization to address issues of economic competitiveness. Dr. Jolley also served as a Teaching Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University where he taught MPA courses in economic development and public policy. In 2011, he was named a Faculty Fellow for NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues and in the same year received The Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award from the Carolina Center for Public Service for his applied economic development research in Chatham County, NC.
Dr. Jolley's research has been published in Business Strategy and the Environment, Economic Development Quarterly, State and Local Government Review, Review of Policy Research, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, & Financial Management, and Economic Development Journal, among other scholarly outlets. He received a Ph.D. in public administration from North Carolina State University, where he specialized in economic development and research methods, an M.A. in political science from the University of Tennessee and an A.B. in economics from UNC-Chapel Hill.