Proven Solutions for Safer Schools and Workplaces

Jason Laker, Ph.D.

Jason Laker is a tenured, Full Professor in the Department of Counselor Education within the Lurie College of Education and a Salzburg Fellow at San José State University in California.  He previously served as SJSU’s Vice President for Student Affairs, leading an organization with over 20 departments, 350 employees, and $68M in combined budgets.  Prior to joining SJSU, Jason served as the Chief Student Affairs Officer at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada where he also taught in Gender Studies and served as a Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Democracy in the School of Policy Studies.  He has also served as Dean of Campus Life at Saint John’s University, a small, Catholic (Benedictine) Liberal Arts university for men in Collegeville, Minnesota where he also taught in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Jason’s teaching, consulting, and academic work includes 20 years of successful and progressively more complex administrative leadership experiences in student and academic affairs in several types of university environments (e.g., research, public, private, large, small, religious, liberal arts, Land Grant) in the U.S. and Canada (he is originally from Michigan, USA).  He holds a Ph.D. from the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Community Counseling from Adams State College (CO), and a B.S. in Organizational Communication from Central Michigan University.  His doctoral dissertation, Beyond Bad Dogs: Toward a Pedagogy of Engagement of Male Students won the Dissertation of the Year Award from the Association for Student Judicial Affairs.

Jason has been active in several national and international professional organizations.  He was the Founding Chair of NASPA’s Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community and has served on ACPA’s Executive Council and as Chair of the Standing Committee for Men.  In 2010 he was selected as one of ACPA’s Diamond Honorees.  He has published a number of articles, chapters, and books about student development and success, most recently including two textbooks: Masculinities in Higher Education (with Tracy Davis, Routledge, 2011) and Canadian Perspectives on Men and Masculinities (Oxford University Press, 2011).

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For more information, please visit Dr. Laker’s website.


  • Male Student Development, Engagement, and Success
  • Engaging Men in Ending Violence Against Women
  • Effective Judicial Affairs Work with Male Students
  • Supporting Men in Groups (Greeks, Athletes, etc.)
  • Developing Institutional Alcohol Strategies
  • Community Service-Learning Pedagogy
  • Student Affairs Organizational Development, Planning, Supervision and Assessment
  • Facilitation of Executive, Division, Department and Collaborative Planning Retreats
  • Diversity and Cross-Cultural Communication Programs and Ally Development
  • Academic and Student Affairs Collaborations
  • Student Leadership
  • Student Peer Advisor/Resident Assistant Training
  • Town-Gown Relations

To book a consultation with Jason, please contact Megan Birster at 610-993-0229, ext. 1015.

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