Dept Chair, Counselor Education
Professor, Department of Counselor Education
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Areas of Scholarly Interest and Expertise:
Identity and Culture
Jason Laker is a tenured, Full Professor and Chair in the Department of Counselor Education within the Lurie College of Education. Prior to joining the faculty, he served as the Vice President for Student Affairs here at SJSU, leading a Division with over 20 departments, 350 staff, and $68M in combined budgets.
Jason has 20 years of successful and progressively more complex administrative leadership experiences in student and academic affairs, at five distinct institutional environments (e.g., research, public, private, large, small, religious, liberal arts) in the U.S. and Canada (he is originally from Michigan). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona's Center for the Study of Higher Education, an M.A. in Community Counseling from Adams State College (CO), and a B.S. in Organizational Communication from Central Michigan University.
Immediately prior to joining SJSU, he served as Associate Vice-Principal and Dean of Student Affairs (e.g. the chief student affairs officer) at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, a selective national public research university with 20,000 students. In this capacity, he led a diverse administrative portfolio of 18 units (including the nationally competitive intercollegiate athletics program), 250 FTE, and a combined $60M in base, ancillary and externally funded budgets.
At Queen's, his institutional responsibilities included serving as an ex-officio voting member of the University Senate and supervising the licensing of Queen's brand mark. He also taught in the Department of Gender Studies, was affiliated with the graduate program in Cultural Studies, and served as a fellow with the Centre for the Study of Democracy in the School of Policy Studies. This was his second deanship.
Jason has developed and/or taught courses in several disciplines, particularly on subjects of community and identity, and has received several awards for his teaching, research, and service. Most recently, he was selected for the American College Personnel Association Foundation's 2010 Class of Diamond Honorees. ACPA describes this award as recognizing "outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs."
His international activities include serving as the only North American on the editorial board of the Expertise Publications Program of the European Training Foundation (an agency of the European Union), and previously as a visiting scholar at the University of Rijeka, Republic of Croatia (on gender issues in education) and Universidad de Navarra in Spain (on Community Service-Learning Pedagogy). In 2009, he was an invited panelist at a conference in St. Petersburg, Russia on the subject of citizenship education. Here at SJSU he served as a Salzburg Fellow.
Dr. Laker has presented many keynotes and invited sessions at professional conferences on student affairs and development issues, gender, community leadership and related topics, and has a significant publication record in these areas including two edited volumes -- Masculinities in Higher Education (with Tracy Davis, Routledge, 2011) and Canadian Perspectives on Men and Masculinities (Oxford University Press, 2011).