Dr. Michael P. Jackson

Michael P. Jackson, Ph.D., is the district wide Director of Diversity and Engagement. Throughout his career he has inspired an enduring commitment to excellence, accountability, and student-centeredness that encompasses students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Dr. Jackson was born and raised in Hampton, VA. He attended Hampton University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1998. He was a scholarship athlete in both football and track & field teams at Hampton University. He currently holds two master’s degrees from THE Ohio State University in Early and Middle Childhood Education and Secondary Administration. He earned his doctoral degree in Multicultural Equity Studies Education from the School of Teaching & Learning at The Ohio State University May 2014. His dissertation is entitled, “The Common Ground: Case Studies and Portraits of African American Male Mentors and High Performing Mentees at an HBCU.” Dr. Jackson’s research is now the first qualitative study to engage both mentors and mentees in describing and understanding the many facets and perspectives that drive this important relationship. Thus, Dr. Jackson’s research makes a significant contribution to the existing quantitative and qualitative studies of mentoring by confirming and, more notably, reframing the dimensions of mentorship that contribute to a sustainable mentoring experience for both mentors and mentees. His areas of scholarly interest include Mentorship Influenced Practices, Equity and Diversity, Multicultural Education, Student Persistence, Higher Education Administration, Caring and Resilience of Marginalized Populations, Social Justice Leadership, Student Conduct, and Academic Integrity in education.

Dr. Jackson is a career-long educator moving from the high school classroom to associate principal. In 2006, Dr. Jackson was asked to join the management team for Hall of Fame basketball player Allen Iverson (Formerly of the Philadelphia 76ers) where he served as an advisor and Assistant Business Manager. Dr. Jackson’s road in education took him to higher education where he served as Special Assistant to the President, Director of First-Year Experience, Assistant Professor of Education, and Chair of Liberal & Interdisciplinary Studies.

Dr. Jackson is a strong advocate of the holistic approach to educating and developing young people. Dr. Jackson’s enthusiasm for the potential of students is infectious and he is passionate about helping students reach their full potential.

Education

Licensure The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH (2016)
School of Educational Policy and Leadership Accelerated
Superintendent Licensure

Ph.D. The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH (2014)
School of Teaching and Learning: Multicultural and
Equity Studies Education Cognates: Mentorship-Influenced
Practices, Social Justice Leadership, Education
Administration (Race, Ethnicity and Educational Policy),
Higher Education, and Multicultural Education.
Dissertation: The Common Ground: Case Studies and
Portraits of African American Male Mentors and High
Performing Mentees at an HBCU

Licensure The Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio (2003)
School of Educational Policy and Leadership
Secondary School Administration

M.A. The Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio (2000)
School of Teaching and Learning
Thesis: The Importance of Caring in the Classroom: A Study
on Self-Reflection, Journaling, and Narrative

B.S. Hampton University – Hampton Virginia (1998)
Physical Education