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LeTourneau University Names Dr Wayne Jacobs as New Education Dean


LeTourneau University has named Wayne Jacobs, Ph.D., as the new dean of the School of Education effective Feb. 3, 2009. Jacobs has taught at LETU since 2001, serving as a professor of kinesiology, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and most recently as the interim dean of LETU's School of Education. He will lead the school in program development and new initiatives.
Prior to joining the faculty at LeTourneau University he served as a professor for health and physical education and as a director of intramurals at Louisiana College in Pineville, La. He has also taught science and coached swimming at Nacogdoches High School. He also served as an instructor at his alma mater, Stephen F. Austin State University, for five years.
Jacobs earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1985 and his Master's of Education degree in Kinesiology in 1988 from SFA. He earned his doctorate in Health Education from Texas A&M University in 1994.
"We conducted a national search to find the best qualified candidate for our dean of Education," said Robert W. Hudson, LETU executive vice president for Academic Affairs. "And we are pleased to announce that the best candidate was already here. Wayne Jacobs has done a superb job as the interim dean for our School of Education. His experience as an educator and administrator and his commitment to quality Christian higher education will help build upon LeTourneau University's strong foundation of academic excellence and move us forward in our vision to impact every workplace in every nation."
During the past two years, Jacobs provided oversight for a redesign of the kinesiology department's curriculum and consulted on an initiative for the university to begin offering a Master of Education degree. As the new education dean, Jacobs plans to work with LETU's School of Graduate and Professional Studies to implement a new Master of Counseling degree at LETU.
"I hope to create new initiatives with LETU's Office of Admissions to foster stronger relationships with the School of Education and our LETU sites around the state," Jacobs said. "My main goal is to grow the School of Education to make a significant impact on the world around us."
Jacobs' research publications and presentations center on active learning, from improving reading through brain-based instruction to offering technology tips for teachers to become more effective. He also writes about adult learning, childhood obesity and the effects of health, exercise and nutrition on learning. In 2005-2006, Jacobs received LETU's coveted Robert H. Selby Teaching Scholar Award.
Jacobs is currently involved in a research project with Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Longview to study the effects of hippotherapy on cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Hippotherapy is a form of physical therapy that uses horses as treatment tools. Jacobs is also leading LETU's involvement in Longview Mayor Jay Dean's Get Fit Longview campaign.
Jacobs and his wife, Karen, who is an adjunct business professor, completed a paper on incorporating active learning in both face-to-face and online environments for Critical Issues in Teacher Education. Jacobs and his wife have been married since 1986 and have three children: David, 18, Ryan, 15, and Kelsey, 10. They are members of Mobberly Baptist Church, where Wayne and Karen serve as parent ministry coordinators, doing workshops, seminars and Bible studies for parents of children and teenagers.

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