Jacqueline Edmondson

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Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, Chancellor's Office
Professor of Education
Frable Building, 117

Jacqueline Edmondson brings a unique combination of experience from her various roles at a large research institution with multiple campuses. She currently serves as chancellor and chief academic officer for the Penn State Greater Allegheny campus in McKeesport, PA. She was asked to lead the campus when it faced a number of challenges, and in her first two years as chancellor, she brought five new academic programs to the campus, reconnected the campus with the local community, developed a digital fluency initiative, and raised approximately $2 million dollars for scholarships and campus priorities. She also worked with faculty and staff to develop programs for first generation students and initiatives to address housing and food insecurity among students.  

Prior to leading the Greater Allegheny campus, Edmondson served as associate vice president and associate dean for Undergraduate Education at Penn State from 2013 - 2017. In this role, she worked with twenty Penn State campuses to develop undergraduate curriculum and programs related to access and affordability. 

From 2009 to 2013, she served as associate dean for undergraduate and graduate studies in the College of Education. From 2007 to 2009 she was the associate dean for teacher education and undergraduate programs in the college. In these roles, she worked with curriculum, policy, strategic planning, and program accreditation.  

Edmondson holds a faculty appointment in Penn State’s College of Education (Curriculum and Instruction: Language, Culture, and Society) where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy and education policy. She began her Penn State career as an assistant professor of education in 2000, becoming a professor of education in 2012. Edmondson began her faculty career in 1998 at the University of Minnesota Morris. 

Edmondson’s research has been published in a number of academic journals and her books include: America Reads: A Critical Policy Analysis (2000), Prairie Town: Redefining Rural Life in an Age of Globalization (2003), Understanding and Applying Critical Policy Study: Reading Educators Advocating for Change (2004), Reading Education Policy (2005 co-edited with Patrick Shannon), as well as biographies for adolescent readers about Venus and Serena Williams (2005, Greenwood Press), Condoleezza Rice (2006, Greenwood Press), Jesse Owens (2007, Greenwood Press), Jerry Garcia (2009, Greenwood Press), and John Lennon (2010). She edited a four-volume encyclopedia on music in American life (ABC-CLIO, 2013) that was recognized by the American Library Association as an Outstanding Reference Source in 2014.  

Edmondson earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, a master of science degree in educational psychology, and a bachelor of science degree in elementary and kindergarten education, all from Penn State.  

Education policy (literacy, critical policy analysis)

Higher education

Life story research

Music in American life

Edmondson, J. (2014). Beyond hysteria: Constructing new narratives of teaching and teachers in the United States. Critical Education, 5 (15). Online: http://ojs.library.ubc.ca/index.php/criticaled/article/view/184728

Edmondson, J. (2012) "Constructing and engaging biography: Considerations for high school English teachers." English Journal, 101 (5), 44-50.

Edmondson, J. (2005). "Policymaking in education: Understanding influences on the Reading Excellence Act." Education Policy Analysis Archives, 13 (11).

Edmondson, J. (2004). "Reading policies: Ideologies and strategies for political engagement." The Reading Teacher, 57 (5), 418-429.

Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D, Curriculum and Instruction, Language and Literacy, 1999

Pennsylvania State University, M.S., Educational Psychology, 1996

Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Elementary and Kindergarten Education, 1989