Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication: John L. Jackson, Jr.
John L. Jackson, Jr. has been named dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, effective January 1, 2019.
The announcement was made by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett. The selection follows an international search.
Dr. Jackson is currently dean of Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, a position he has held since 2014 (Almanac March 25, 2014). Michael Delli Carpini has agreed to extend his term as Annenberg dean (Almanac May 27, 2014) until December 31 to help ensure a seamless transition.
“John’s achievements as a scholar, teacher and academic leader are numerous and inspiring,” President Gutmann said. “He is already well known and universally respected at Penn. As a dean and in his own scholarly work, John has consistently harnessed the power of diverse, interdisciplinary teams—and driven mutually beneficial collaborations between the liberal arts and the professions—to better understand and address society’s most timely and challenging questions.
“He has the experience, vision and collaborative spirit to help ensure Annenberg’s continued place among the world’s preeminent research and teaching programs in communication.”
Dr. Jackson is the Richard Perry University Professor, with appointments in the Annenberg School for Communication, School of Arts and Sciences and School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2).
“During his tenure as dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice,” President Gutmann said, “John has exemplified our Penn Compact 2020 commitment to inclusion, innovation and impact.”
“John’s deep experience, superb judgement, high standards and broad support across our campus,” Provost Pritchett said, “clearly position him as the best person to lead the Annenberg School, which in the years ahead will strengthen its leadership position in communication by blazing new trails in scholarship and education that advance theoretical and empirical understanding of communication in the broadest sense.”
Under Dean Jackson’s leadership, SP2 is enrolling more diverse and more academically accomplished students, and the faculty’s research programs have never been stronger. He forged partnerships with the Graduate School of Education and the School of Nursing to spearhead The Penn Futures Project (Almanac September 26, 2017), which is improving the lives of young people and their families across Philadelphia.
He has been a champion of innovative teaching and learning with a massive open online course that has allowed Penn faculty to reach students around the world. His “Future of Social Change” tour was a resounding success in reconnecting School of Social Policy & Practice alumni from across the nation with the School.
Dr. Jackson earlier served as the Annenberg School’s associate dean for undergraduate studies and associate dean for administration, as a senior advisor to the provost on diversity and as chair of the University Council Committee on Diversity and Equity. Beyond Penn, he has served as program chair for the American Anthropological Association’s annual conference and on the editorial boards of highly respected journals.
Dr. Jackson joined Penn in 2006 as the first Penn Integrates Knowledge, or PIK, University Professor, a program begun by President Gutmann to recruit preeminent faculty to have appointments in at least two Penn schools.
A renowned cultural anthropologist, he has written and taught about racial- and class-based differences in contemporary urban life, how contemporary urban religions can be used to improve health literacy and health outcomes, the impact of mass media on urban life and the remaking of ethnic and racial diasporas. He has also critically explored how film and other non-traditional or multi-modal formats can be used in scholarly research projects and, with Annenberg School and other Penn colleagues, helped found CAMRA and PIVPE, two Penn-based initiatives organized around creating visual and performative research projects.
As a filmmaker, Dr. Jackson has produced a feature-length fiction film, documentaries and shorts that have been screened at film festivals internationally.
Dr. Jackson earned a BA in communication summa cum laude from Howard University and received an MA, MPhil and PhD, with distinction in anthropology, from Columbia University. Prior to coming to Penn, he was a Junior Fellow in Harvard University’s Society of Fellows and a faculty member in Duke University’s Cultural Anthropology Department. In 2009, he served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.
Dr. Delli Carpini has served as Annenberg School dean since 2003 (Almanac April 29, 2003).
“Michael’s outstanding leadership and unrivaled Penn citizenship have advanced the Annenberg School across every measure,” President Gutmann said.
During his tenure, the faculty has grown in size, diversity and intellectual scope; scholarly and research programs have never been stronger; and Annenberg’s campus partnerships are fostering the integration of knowledge across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Ingrid M. Nembhard: Inaugural Fishman Family President’s Distinguished Associate Professor at Wharton
Penn President Amy Gutmann and Wharton Dean Geoff Garrett are pleased to announce the appointment of Ingrid Nembhard as the inaugural Fishman Family President’s Distinguished Associate Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, effective January 1, 2018.
The Fishman Family President’s Distinguished Professorship was endowed with a generous gift by Mrs. Randy Chapman Fishman and her late husband, Mr. Jay S. Fishman, W’74, WG’74.
Dr. Nembhard joined the Wharton School from Yale University, where she served as the Ira V. Hiscock Associate Professor of Public Health and Associate Professor of Management, as well as Associate Director of the Health Care Management Program and Director of the Yale Training Program in Health Services Research. She specializes in quality improvement in the health care delivery process, organizational learning and behavior, and innovation implementation and management. Dr. Nembhard is the recipient of funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the primary federal agency with responsibility to improve the U.S. health care system.
“I am thrilled to welcome Ingrid Nembhard to Penn as the Fishman Family President’s Distinguished Associate Professor, where her esteemed interdisciplinary work will enhance Penn’s thriving culture of integrating knowledge across disciplines to advance knowledge for good,” said President Gutmann. “Jay Fishman was a visionary leader at Penn, and the professorship he and Randy created will have lasting impact on our campus and in the world.”
“I am deeply grateful to the Fishman family for generously establishing this professorship,” said Dean Garrett. “Professor Nembhard is an exceptional scholar whose research connects health care and business to drive outcomes that make a real difference. I am thrilled to welcome her to Wharton.”
Dr. Nembhard received her PhD in health policy and management, with a concentration in organizational behavior, from Harvard University through a joint program between Harvard Business School and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She received her M. in health policy and management from Harvard University School of Public Health, and her BA in ethics, politics and economics and in psychology from Yale University.
Randy Fishman said, “Jay and I were delighted to make this gift to Penn and Wharton. I am happy that the caliber of Penn’s stellar faculty will rise to even greater heights through this gift. Professor Nembhard’s expertise in health care touches all of our society, and she will surely spark new collaboration between Penn schools to create life-enhancing knowledge.”
Prior to his passing (Almanac August 30, 2016), Jay S. Fishman was chairman and chief executive officer of the Travelers Companies. Mr. Fishman served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, the School of Veterinary Medicine Overseers and the Graduate School of Education Overseers. In 2016, Mr. and Mrs. Fishman established the Randy and Jay Fishman Program for Home Assisted Ventilation at Penn Medicine. Prior to this, they endowed funds to support undergraduate financial aid at the Wharton School, and have also supported doctoral fellowships at the School of Arts and Sciences, internship programs, the School of Veterinary Medicine and Penn Football. Mrs. Fishman is a proud Penn and Wharton parent.
President’s Distinguished Professorships enable the University of Pennsylvania to recruit and retain eminent faculty members with research and teaching expertise in areas identified by the president as high priorities for the Penn Compact 2020.
Martha Curley: Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Martha A. Q. Curley has been appointed Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing at CHOP. The goal of this appointment is to foster interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research in child health across Penn Nursing and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
Dr. Curley is also a professor of anesthesia and critical care medicine at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. Her research, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, has focused on nurse-implemented interventions in pediatric critical care.
Over several decades, Dr. Curley’s studies have illuminated relationship-based care when partnering with parents of critically ill children, supported parent presence during invasive procedures and resuscitation and have informed the practice of caring for critically-ill pediatric patients with acute respiratory failure. She has also led the development and dissemination of core metrics in the field of pediatrics: for example, the State Behavioral Scale (SBS), the Withdrawal Assessment Tool-1 (WAT-1), individualized numeric rating scale (INRS) and the Braden QD scale.
Dr. Curley is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She received her PhD from Boston College; her Masters in Nursing Science from Yale University; her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and her Diploma in Nursing from Springfield Hospital Medical Center (MA).
Silfen Forum to Address Global Refugee Crisis: February 15
A distinguished panel of experts, including Joe Biden, Jeb Bush, Michael Doyle, Dau Jok and Anne Richard, will join Penn President Amy Gutmann for a discussion at Penn about asylum seekers, refugees and immigration policy.
Since its inception, the David and Lyn Silfen University Forum has aimed to take on important contemporary issues. It has fostered conversations—as well as debates—on varying topics, including the economic downturn, the future of higher education, and cancer, a disease that touches so many.
As the world witnesses its highest levels of displacement on record, this year’s Silfen Forum focus is People and Policy Adrift: A 21st Century Framework for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Immigration Policy.
Scheduled for Thursday, February 15, at 3 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium, the talk, moderated by President Gutmann, will feature a distinguished panel of speakers including Joe Biden, the 47th U.S. vice president, the University’s Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor, and the driving force behind the new Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement; Jeb Bush, the 43rd governor of Florida; Michael Doyle, a professor at Columbia University and director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative; Dau Jok, a Penn alumnus and founder of the Dut Jok Youth Foundation, named after his father; and Anne Richard, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration.
There’s no better time than the present for the discussion, as political debate around the topic floods news cycles, and recent United Nations reports show an extraordinary 65.6 million people around the world currently displaced from their homes. Often fleeing conflict, religious persecution, and extreme poverty, among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees—half of whom are under the age of 18. Combining their diverse experiences and knowledge, the panelists will address ideas for new approaches to the global refugee crisis, and tackle questions that touch on challenging and dynamic policy decisions.
A live webcast will be available Thursday at https://silfenforum.upenn.edu/webcast
David and Lyn Silfen have been among Penn’s most generous supporters. In addition to the Silfen University Forum, they’ve funded two Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professorships, the Silfen Student Study Center, a term professorship and the David and Lyn Silfen Fund to support educational innovation in the School of Arts and Sciences.
David Silfen, who graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1966, was a Penn Trustee from 1998 until his passing in 2015 (Almanac December 8, 2015). The chairman of Mayfair Management/Silfen Investment Partners LP, and a senior director of The Goldman Sachs Group, he was vice chair of Penn’s Trustees, and served on its executive, budget and finance, nominating and development committees. He also was a member of the Penn Investment Board, and served as chair for the Board of Overseers of the School of Arts and Sciences.