Words of Gratitude for Jerry A. Jacobs

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Words of Gratitude for Jerry A. Jacobs


The WFRN Executive Committee would like to give profound thanks to Dr. Jerry A. Jacobs, who is WFRN’s founding Executive Officer and has served in that capacity for the past eight years (see https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/content/history).

Jerry has brought decades of research and scholarship to his leadership role at WFRN.  After receiving his PhD from Harvard in 1983, Jerry joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania where he has spent his academic career.  Over the past three decades, Jerry's research has addressed different aspects of work and family issues, as well as women's employment.  His publications have examined topics such as: authority, earnings, working conditions, part-time work and work-family conflict, and entry into male-dominated occupations.

Jerry has authored/co-authored or edited/co-edited 10 books and journal special issues as well as 80 published academic papers.  His books include: The Changing Face of Medicine (with Ann K. Boulis), The Time Divide (with Kathleen Gerson), and Revolving Doors: Sex Segregation and Women’s Careers. Jerry has also received over 30 research grants. 

Jerry received the Work-Life Legacy Award in 2014.  The Award recognized his scholarly accomplishments and his contributions to the work-family field, overall. In addition, an article discussing Jerry and Kathleen Gerson’s research was awarded the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award in 2004.

Jerry has received a fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University for the 2018-19 year.  In preparation for this opportunity, Jerry stepped down as Executive Officer of WFRN on July 30, 2018.

We all want to thank Jerry – not only for his vision but also for his optimistic determination in the launching and sustaining of our robust association.