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About Jason A. Laker

Jason Laker is a tenured, Full Professor 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 nearly 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.


Present Full Professor, Department of Counselor Education, San Jose State University

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2015 - Present Permanent Member, Committee of Academic Examiners, ManglarEditores, Ecuador
2014 - Present Advisory Board Member, Social Alternatives
2013 - Present Advisory Board Member, Beyond Diversity Resource Center
2013 - Present Program Assessment Reviewer, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
2013 - Present Program Assessment Manager, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, State of California
2012 - Present Academic Journal Review Board Member, Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy
2012 - Present Advisory Board Member, Center for the Study of Masculinities and Men’s Development, Western Illinois University
2011 - Present Academic Journal Review Board Member, Estudios Sobre Educación, Universidad de Navarra Education Press
2011 - Present Academic Journal Review Board Member, Men and Masculinities
2009 - Present Academic Journal Review Board Member, Culture, Society and Masculinities Journal
2009 - Present Academic Journal Review Board, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice
2015 Reviewer, Journal of Gender Studies
2007 - 2009 Director, Canadian Association of College & University Student Services (CACUSS)
Member, American Association for College and Universities
Member, American Educational Research Association
Member, Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education
Member, European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction
Member, European Society for Research on the Education of Adults
Member, The Comparative and International Education Society
Member, The Society for Research into Higher Education (UK)
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Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Award for Excellence, Center for Community Learning & Leadership, San José State University, 2015
  • Standing Committee Advocate Award, American College Personnel Association (ACPA), 2015
  • Faculty in Residence, ACPA Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals, 2014-15
  • Visiting Scholar, School and College Organization for Prevention Education (SCOPE), 2013
  • Newly Published Research Award, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community, 2012
  • Salzburg Fellow, San José State University, 2011
  • Diamond Honoree, ACPA, 2010
  • Outstanding Research Award, ACPA Standing Committee for Men, 2006
  • Excellence in Leadership Award, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, 2006
  • Teacher of the Year, Honors Program-Saint Cloud State University, 2003-04
  • Harry Canon Award for Outstanding Professional Contribution to College Men’s Development and Programs-ACPA Standing Committee for Men, 2004
  • First Place, Graduate Social Science Category-University of Arizona Student Showcase, 2002
  • Recipient, Multi-Media Grant-Association of College and University Housing Offers-International (ACUHO-I), 1996
  • Advisor of the Year-Intermountain Association of College & University Residence Halls (IACURH), 1994-1995
  • Dissertation of the Year, Association for Student Judicial Affairs


BS, Central Michigan University ‐ Interpersonal & Public Communication
MA, Adams State College ‐ Community Counseling
Ph.D., University of Arizona ‐ Higher Education Administration and Organization


Books (4)

Book Chapters (8)

Articles (18)