Voinovich School faculty Raffle and Jolley approved for promotion

Marilyn Icsman
July 5, 2019

Two Voinovich School faculty will be promoted to the rank of professor from associate professor for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Dr. Holly Raffle and Dr. Jason Jolley were recommended for promotion by Ohio University President Duane M. Nellis and Executive Vice President and Provost Chaden Djalali.

“This is a significant accomplishment,” Voinovich School Founding Dean Mark Weinberg said. “The promotion to the rank of professor by the EVPP and President is based on the outstanding contributions they have made to the Voinovich School, Ohio University and their professional fields. We are proud of their commitment to the School public service and outreach leadership for Ohio University.” 

Professor Holly RaffleDr. Holly Raffle 

Dr. Holly Raffle, Professor of Leadership and Public Affairs, leads the Program Partnership for Community-Based Prevention. Since 2009, the Partnership for Community-Based Prevention has collaborated to provide intensive leadership development, training, technical assistance, and evaluation services to 84 Ohio communities as they address critical needs and issues related to mental health and substance abuse. As an engaged faculty, Raffle is responsible for a portfolio of work in the area of community health, promotion and prevention, which has generated more than $7.7 million in external funding to benefit the state and region from partner organizations such as the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and 22 other sponsors. 

In 2013, Dr. Raffle was the recipient of the Firefly Award from the Fairfield County Family, Adult, and Children First Council recognizing her commitment to community-level prevention. In 2014, Dr. Raffle received the OhioMHAS Prevention Champion Award, recognizing her efforts to help state agencies, ADAMHS Boards, and prevention providers rethink or redesign their prevention systems through the Strategic Prevention Framework. Additionally, she is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist, an active member of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) as well as the Ohio SOPHE, where she served a three-year term on the board of directors.

Professor Jason JolleyDr. Jason Jolley

Dr. Jason Jolley is a professor and director of the Master of Public Administration program at the Voinovich School. His project portfolio includes directing Ohio University’s portion of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center and the Voinovich School’s part of the Ohio Economic Development Institute (OEDI). Dr. Jolley has served as principal investigator on nearly $5 million in sponsored research and played a leading role in securing an addition $2 million in federal funding for regional economic development partners. 

He has published 30 peer-reviewed academic journal articles, an additional 20 scholarly/professional publications (book chapters, book reviews, professional journal articles), and over 50 monographs/technical reports. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education, and Journal of Public Affairs Education. Dr. Jolley serves on the University Economic Development Association board of directors, and he recently completed a four-year stint on the Mid-Continent Regional Science Association (MCRSA) board of directors. In April 2019, the MCRSA named him as the incoming Executive Director. In his spare time, Dr. Jolley serves as the Vice-President of the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities.