The Jacobs Institute at the University of San Diego Appoints New Executive Director

Lisa Dawley
begin quoteI am thrilled to be joining the team at the Jacobs Institute and SOLES as we continue to build a world-class institute supporting educational innovation and equity

San Diego, CA-- The University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) recently announced Lisa Dawley, PhD as the Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education. The Jacobs Institute is a non-profit, university-based research center focused on advancing innovation and equity in K-12 education, specifically in underserved communities.

Dr. Dawley joins USD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she served as the Director and Clinical Associate Professor of the MA in Educational Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship program. Dawley received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Education: Teaching & Learning, and has spent her career developing a variety of educational innovations using advances in technology to address the needs of diverse populations. Noteworthy accomplishments include: inventing the first gamified learning management system, establishing Idaho’s first online EdD, and developing the largest university-based trainer of K-12 online teachers in the U.S.

“We are at a unique point in time where the convergence of educational innovation and technology with new teaching approaches and learning environments are helping us reimagine learning for all students,” said Lisa Dawley. “I am thrilled to be joining the team at the Jacobs Institute and SOLES as we continue to build a world-class institute supporting educational innovation and equity.”

This is the second big announcement to emerge from this institute this year. Earlier, a name change to the Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education was announced, in recognition of the founder and former chairman of Qualcomm, Dr. Irwin Jacobs and his wife Joan Jacobs. Since their founding contribution in 2011, Dr. and Mrs. Jacobs have contributed nearly $10 million to the Institute.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Dawley to SOLES, her rich background in innovation and digital learning is an excellent fit with the Jacobs Institute,” said Nick Ladany, Dean of SOLES. “The Jacobs Institute has a strong foundation and a well established reputation for advancing innovation and equity in our schools. I believe Dr. Dawley will be instrumental in growing and enhancing the impact of the institute.”

ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF LEADERSHIP AND EDUCATION SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

The School of Leadership and Education Sciences houses academic departments, centers and institutes within Mother Rosalie Hill Hall on the campus of the University of San Diego. Among them is the Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education. The regionally and nationally-accredited, innovative and vibrant programs offered within SOLES are led by an administrative team, faculty and participatory advisory boards for the school and the centers.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. In February 2016, USD launched the public phase of Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represents the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university and builds upon the strong philanthropic momentum achieved by USD in recent years. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.

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Corinna Lewis
corinnalewis@sandiego.edu
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