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College of Education

Dr. Ron Jacobson

Dr. Ron Jacobson

Dean, Associate Professor


  • B.S. Central Washington University, 1982
  • M.C.S. Regent College, 2001
  • Ph.D. University of Washington, 2007


I serve as the Dean of the NU College of Education (COE).  In this role I oversee our COE undergrad and grad programs, faculty, field partnerships, and state relations. In addition, I continue to teach several courses on campus (e.g., Foundations of Education, School Bullying, Professional Seminar, etc.). Finally, I regularly provide professional development seminars and workdays for area schools and districts on school bullying, school culture, and moral education.

Background and Interests

After graduating with a B.S. in Operations Analysis (Economics) from Central Washington University, I spent the next twenty-five years mentoring college students in issues of faith, leadership, character, and service (with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries) at Washington State University, Central Washington University, and the University of Washington. Throughout this time, and to this day, I have been captivated by the processes of human growth and change; more recently focused on the dilemma of school bullying and student moral education.

Michele and I have two wonderful kids (both graduates from public universities) who are outstanding jazz musicians (our daughter sings and plays piano, our son is a drummer). Thus, I enjoy listening to a variety of music, especially jazz. I also am an avid woodworker, dabble in construction (we just remodeled our kitchen), and love Husky athletics. My two favorite activities? 1. Browsing bookstores with a cup of coffee in hand. 2. Sitting in a coffee shop with a book (typically philosophy or critical studies – Foucault, Gadamer, bell hooks, Adam Philips, Judith Butler, Robert Coles; or education – Dewey, Freire, etc.).


Rethinking School Bullying: Dominance, Identity, and School Culture. New York, NY: Routledge, 2013.

On Bull* and Bullying: Taking Seriously Those We Educate.  Journal of Moral Education 39 (4), 437-448, 2010.

A Place to Stand: Intersubjectivity and the Desire to Dominate.  Studies in Philosophy and Education 29 (1), 35-51, 2010.

Narrating Characters: The Making of a School Bully.  Interchange 31(3), 255-283, 2010.

Moral Education and the Academics of Being Human Together. Journal of Thought, Spring/Summer, 43-53, 2010.

Public Spaces: and Moral Education. Journal of Research in Character Education 7 (1), 63-76, 2009.

Understanding, Desire and Narrated Subjectivity: A Philosophical Consideration of the Phenomenon of School Bullying. University of Washington, Dissertation, 2007.

School Bullying and Current Educational Practice: Re-Imagining Theories of Educational Transformation.  Teachers College Record 109 (8), 1931-1956. 2007.

A Lost Horizon: The Experience of an Other and School Bullying.  Studies in Philosophy and Education 26, 297-317, 2007.

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil: Education, Humiliation, and Learning to Be Together.  Journal of Thought 40 (2), 9-26, 2005.


Workshop Presentation at the Graduate Student Conference, Philosophy of Education Society.  Theory and Policy Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto.  Toronto, Ontario.

Workshop Presentation at the Practitioners’ Conference on Civic Education (sponsored by the Centre for Policy and Practice).  New Orleans, LA.

Session Chair (March 2007).  Educating for Meaning in an Era of Banality, Philosophy of Education Society, Atlanta, GA.

In the Works

Bullying and Cyberbullying. The International Handbook of Philosophy of Education. Springer, forthcoming.

Recommended Reading:

Benjamin, Jessica (1988). The bonds of love: Psychoanalysis, feminism, and the problem of domination. New York, NY: Pantheon Books.

Dewey, John (1944(1916)). Democracy and education: An introduction to the philosophy of education. New York, NY: The Free Press.

Dewey, John (2000). My pedagogic creed (1897). In Reed, Ronald F. & Johnson, Tony W. (Eds.), Philosophical Documents in Education, 2e (pp. 92-100). New York, NY: Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc.

Du Bois, W.E.B (1986 (1940)). Dusk of dawn: An essay toward an autobiography of a race concept. In Du Bois writings. The Library of Congress.

Espelage, Dorothy L. & Swearer, Susan M. (Eds.) (2004). Bullying in American schools: A social-ecological perspective on prevention and intervention. Mahway, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.

Foucault, Michel (1995 (1977)). Discipline & punish: The birth of the prison. New York: Vintage Books.

Gadamer, Hans-Georg (1996). Truth and method, 2nd Revised ed. New York: Continuum.

Ghent, Emmanuel (1990). Masochism, submission, surrender. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 26, 108-136.

Juvonen, Janna, & Graham, Sandra (Eds.) (2001). Peer harassment in school: The plight of the vulnerable and victimized. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Kerr, Donna H. (1996). Democracy, nuturance and community. In Soder, Roger (Ed.), Democracy, education and the schools. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc. Publishers.

Paley, Vivian Gussin (1992). You can’t say you can’t play. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Phillips, Adam (2002). Equals. New York, NY: Basic Books.

Rigby, Ken (2002). New perspectives on bullying. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Simmons, Rachel (2002). Odd girl out: The hidden culture of aggression in girls. New York: Harcourt.