All interested students are invited to visit the ACCESS Success Center for:
- General Education advising
- Academic policy related questions
- Academic advice or just tips to navigate your way around SJSU
- A quiet place to study and/or do group projects
- A chance to meet fellow social sciences majors and peer advisors
- Help with changing majors
- Workshops and presentations (writing, statistics, graduate school applications, etc.)
Dr. Walter R. Jacobs
Dr. Walter R. Jacobs
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Walter R. Jacobs as dean of the College of Social Sciences, effective July 6, 2015.
Dr. Jacobs comes to us from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where he served as founding dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies and held a faculty appointment in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Prior to that, he served for 14 years on the faculty of the University of Minnesota, including a five-year stint (2007–2012) as chair of the department of African American and African Studies.
Dr. Jacobs pursued an eclectic academic path, receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from Indiana University.
Beyond his academic and administrative credentials, Dr. Jacobs brings to SJSU a passion for teaching, having received multiple awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He is an active and accomplished scholar, having written or edited numerous texts and authored a personal memoir about “sociological ghosts.” (He has also actively blogged on the life of a new academic dean.)
During the search process, Dr. Jacobs demonstrated uncommon sensitivity to the importance of collaborative decision-making and an exceptional focus on serving students. As he wrote in his introductory letter to the search committee, “I encourage faculty and staff to put students first; our discussions and unit strategies are based on what is best for student welfare and learning outcomes.”
We are confident that the students, faculty and staff members, alumni and supporters of the College of Social Sciences will find Dr. Jacobs to be a very able, energetic and inclusive leader. Please join us in welcoming him to San José State.