Aug. 4, 1999
Contact: Chris Curran

lab photo of Howard Jackson


The University of Cincinnati's Howard E. Jackson, a physicist who has worked to mentor future faculty, to bring more women into scientific fields, and to use technology to assist classroom learning, has been named vice president and university dean for research and advanced studies at the University of Cincinnati.

"Howard is one of our star faculty," President Joseph A. Steger said. "He has demonstrated that a productive scholar can also be an excellent teacher, and still work toward improving the institution on several fronts. His insights will be invaluable as we develop strategies for the next century."

Jackson earned his bachelor's of science degree at the University of Rochester in 1965 and his Ph.D. in physics at Northwestern University in 1971. He joined the UC faculty as an assistant professor in 1974, was promoted to associate professor in 1980 and to full professor in 1985. He received the University's top teaching award, the Mrs. A.B. "Dolly" Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1979 and was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1997. He is a Fellow of the UC Graduate School.

In addition, Jackson has been one of the most prolific researchers in UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences with more than a million dollars in currently funded projects. His research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Army Research, and the Air Force Research Laboratory/DAGSI (Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute).

Jackson has provided new understanding in the areas of semiconductor nanostructures, optical waveguides, and near field scanning optical microscopy. These studies have important applications in the formation and characterization of the microscopic structures that are the building blocks of advanced semiconductor devices including those used in computing and communications.

On campus, Jackson has shown leadership in several efforts to improve education and to help young faculty and graduate students. These include serving on the President's Advisory Committee on Race Relations and Human Decency, the University Research Council, the Women Gender and Science project, and the Task Force on Pedagogy. He helped to found a mentoring program for new faculty which will expand to the entire campus this fall and chaired the Preparing Future Faculty program for graduate students.

Jackson hopes to continue his campus-wide efforts in his new role. "I am excited about the challenges and the possibilities of this new position," he said. "The research and graduate student activities of the University span a remarkable and truly impressive range. Working with the faculty to continue to enhance the quality of research and graduate study at the University will be a key element in all of my efforts."

Jackson begins his new position Sept. 1, 1999.

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