Jean Jackson

Vice President for College Programs; Professor of English

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209 Johnson Hall
(919) 760-8556

Areas of Expertise

  • My primary research is in British Romantic Poetry.
  • I also do research in songs of the nineteenth century that used British Romantic poems as lyrics;   in fact, that was the topic of my dissertation.
  • I also frequently write and speak about leadership and about the history of Meredith College.

Work Experience

A 1975 graduate of Meredith, I returned to Meredith in 1983 to begin teaching in the Department of English and to create a program then called Professional Communications.   I taught introductory courses in composition, as well as British and American literature.  I also taught African-American literature, a course in women’s studies, oversaw research projects and more than 100 internships, and still teach English Poetry of the Romantic Period.  Since 1994, I have been a vice president of the College, working to balance administrative and teaching responsibilities.  Currently I oversee strategic planning and budgeting for those offices reporting to me:  Academic and Career Planning, Athletics, Campus Police, Chaplain, Dean of Students (including First Year Experience, Residence Life, Commuter Life, Diversity Programs, Disability Services), and Student Leadership and Service.

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D.   (English)   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A.   (English) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A.    Magna cum Laude (English and Religion)    Meredith College

Professional Credentials

In addition, I completed the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University.


Pauline Davis Perry FAME Award for Excellence in Teaching; Laura Harrill Presidential Award; Meredith Alumna Award;   Meredith Alumnae Recent Graduate Awards; Greater Triangle YWCA Academy of Women Inductee for Education; Charter Inductee, North Carolina 4-H Hall of Fame; recipient for three international travel grants for research in Great Britain; recipient of travel grants for presentations or panels in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Honolulu, Hawaii, and Oxford, England.    I belong to Phi Kappa Phi; Kappa Nu Sigma; Silver Shield; Theta Alpha Kappa;  and am Patroness, Sigma Alpha Iota.    Frequently I serve as a reviewer for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools—Commission on Colleges.  


Throughout my years at Meredith, in addition to teaching, I have worked with a host of student groups and sometimes traveled with them:   to England, Spain, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Italy, and various sites in the United States.  I have advised Silver Shield, our honorary leadership society, and worked closely with the Student Government Association Executive Committee.     I have gotten to see first-hand how much a Meredith education means in the lives of the students who come here.  I have such a privileged position in getting to be part of their recognition of their strengths and the array of opportunities before them for their lives as students and graduates.    We work hard and we play hard—and I have found that is a wonderful balance for a fulfilling life. And every four years, I direct the faculty-staff performance of  Alice in Wonderland—a production offered by the College once every college generation since 1924. 

I am a member of the American Association for Higher Education; American College Personnel Association, Friends of the Carlyle Campbell Library; National Association of Student Personnel Administrators; North Carolina College Personnel Association; Society for College and University Planning; Southern Association for College Student Affairs; and Women Administrators in North Carolina Higher Education.


I would be delighted to provide a selected list of committee responsibilities, research, publications, and presentations if you are interested in seeing them.

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