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Jacob A. English, Ph.D. (he/him)

Director of the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research
Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research
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DEIB in Education, High-Impact Practices, and Mentoring & Learning

Dr. English leads efforts to 1) introduce students and alumni to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate research and fellowship opportunities, and 2) provide mentoring and scholar development through the process. Before joining the GW community, Dr. English served as the Assistant Dean of Students in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia. Before that role, Dr. English served as the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and Director of the Honors College Black Male Initiative at Georgia State University.

Dr. English is a diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging scholar. Taking an anti-deficit approach, his research and writings focus on identifying barriers to education (specifically high-impact practices) for college students. His work highlights the necessity of focusing on social mobility, intersectionality, and sense of belonging in learning spaces to develop digital and global citizens.

Dr. English is active in his field. He serves on the executive board and as the DEI Committee chair of the National Association of Fellowships, as a Councilor for the Education Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research, and as an advisor for the inaugural Gilman Advisor Ambassador Program.

Dr. English received his doctoral training in the Educational Psychology program paired with the Certificate in Quantitative Research in Education and the Certificate of Excellence in Teaching and Learning from Georgia State University. While in the program, Dr. English was awarded the Outstanding Teacher in Educational Psychology Award. His dissertation, funded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, explored a stereotype threat mitigation strategy for student-athletes. The academic work allowed him to contribute to the world of college athletics, to which he attributes his growth as a leader and collaborator, and connected to his broader goals of understanding psychological and social challenges associated with teaching and learning.

Dr. English is a member of Georgia State’s 40 under 40 Class of 2020 and a 2019 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee.