Portrait by  Ellen Greene

Portrait by Ellen Greene

Jessica Jacobs, MFA
Interim Chair, Design Department
Assistant Professor, Business and Entrepreneurship Department
Columbia College Chicago

PhD in Design student, IIT Institute of Design

Jessica Jacobs is a scholar, designer, artist, and educator with expertise in equity-focused design practices, creative processes, design pedagogy, and strategic planning. She is the Interim Chair of the Design Department and an Assistant Professor in the Business & Entrepreneurship Department at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches classes in design management, entrepreneurship, and project management. Jessica’s cross-disciplinary research interests and professional endeavors revolve around designing for equitable and inclusive economies, strategic processes that frame equity as an innovation driver, and design management pedagogy.

Jessica has more than 20 years of experience in managerial roles in design, marketing and communication. In addition to her industry experience, Jessica previously worked as an Assistant Professor at Colby-Sawyer College and St. Norbert College where she taught courses in graphic design, photography, art history, advertising and new media.

Jessica has presented, exhibited and published her scholarly and creative work nationally and internationally and recently received a 2017 AIGA Design Educators Community Faculty Research Grant for her project, “Understanding Best Practices in Student-Operated, Faculty-Advised Campus Design Studios.” She received a BS from Northwestern University, MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Design at IIT-Institute of Design.