Dr. Jacob White joined the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs in 2020 as Senior Executive in Residence for Education and Evaluation. Jacob provides strategic leadership for the design and implementation of evaluation projects for external clients as well as strategic leadership in support of science education initiatives that impact local communities and the broader Appalachian region.
Before joining the Voinovich School, Jacob served as Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rio Grande (URG) with fifteen years of college teaching experience and a record of scholarship in educational research and outreach. He has also worked in strong partnership with the Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center to support the needs of K-12 science teachers from across the Southeast Ohio region.
Most of his scholarly interests have focused on reform efforts in three main areas of STEM education—professional development (PD) for in-service science teachers, STEM education in rural settings, and in curricular and pedagogical concerns inherent to the high school-to-college transition in STEM education. He has written and secured nearly $3,000,000 in competitive grant funding to support these initiatives. Most of this funding has supported various PD partnerships that provided training and classroom equipment for K-12 science teachers from the underserved Appalachian region.
Jacob’s work has been published in various academic journals in the fields of education research, science education research, chemical education research, and environmental chemistry, as well as a developmental education chemistry textbook currently under development with a national publisher. He has served in various university leadership roles, including as Associate Director of the Southeast Ohio Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, president of the faculty union, lead negotiator for collective bargaining agreements, chair of the tenure and evaluation committee, and interim grants director. Jacob was the 2011 recipient of the Edwin Jones Teaching Award from URG, and the 2005 recipient of the Donald R. Clippinger Research Award from Ohio University. Jacob has a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Analytical) from Ohio University.