Willow S. Jacobson

Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government and Director, LGFCU Fellows Program

Areas of Expertise

Human resource management; organizational theory; public management


Willow Jacobson joined the School of Government faculty in 2003. Prior to that, she taught in the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Connecticut and worked on the Government Performance Project and the New Jersey Initiative at the Alan K. Campbell Institute at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. She has also assisted with strategic planning for community collaboratives in California and Oregon state government. Currently Jacobson teaches in the Master of Public Administration program, and she was integrally involved in the 2005 inaugural session of the Public Executive Leadership Academy. Her research has appeared in Public Administration Review and Public Personnel Management. Jacobson holds a PhD from Syracuse University.

Selected publications

Brenda Bushouse, Willow S. Jacobson, Kristina Lambright, Jared Llorens, Rick Morse, and Ora-Orn Poocharoen. 2011. "Crossing the Divide: Building Bridges between Public Administration Practitioners and Scholars". Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Vol. 21, Supplement 1. pp. 99-112.

Heather Getha-Taylor, Maja Holmes, Willow S. Jacobson, Rick Morse, and Jessica Sowa. 2011. "Focusing the Public Leadership Lens: Research Propositions and Questions in the Minnowbrook Tradition". Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Vol. 21. Supplement 1. pp. 183-197.

Willow S. Jacobson, Ellen Rubin, and Amy Donahue. 2008.  “Integrating Labor Relations and Human Resource Management:  Impacts on State Workforces,” International Review of Public Administration.2008.  Vol. 13, No. 2

Willow S. Jacobson and Donna Warner. 2008. “Leading and Governing: A Model for local Government Education,” Journal of Public Affairs Education. Summer 2008, Vol. 14, No. 2, Summer 2008

Willow S. Jacobson, “Preparing for Tomorrow: A Case Study of Workforce Planning in North Carolina Municipalities,” Public Personnel Management. Forthcoming (Accepted November 2007).

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