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Jason Laker

Professor of Higher Education, Student Affairs, and Community Development

  • Chair, Department of Counselor Education

Full Bio

Dr. Jason Laker is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Counselor Education and former Vice President for Student Affairs at San Jose State University in California, USA. His current research, with Co-Investigator Dr. Erica Boas, focuses on how college students develop and understand their sexuality, and their lived experiences of consent communication and negotiation in intimate settings.

Jason previously served as Associate VP & Dean of Student Affairs, Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Democracy, and on the Gender Studies Faculty at Queen’s University in Canada. He holds a Ph.D. from the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, where he also served as Director of Business Programs and Workforce Development. Dr. Laker also holds a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling.

His international activities include engagements as board member, visiting faculty, consultant, or speaker, particularly in Europe, and he is one of only 20 individuals worldwide (four in the United States) inducted as an Associate Member of the International Association of Universities (an official UNESCO partner organization).

His scholarly work includes four edited texts, one each in the U.S. and Canada, regarding gender and men’s development; two with Palgrave Macmillan UK in 2014: Citizenship, Democracy and Higher Education in Europe, Canada, and the U.S., and Civic Pedagogies in Higher Education: Teaching for Democracy in Europe, Canada, and the U.S.; and one in development for Routledge focused on his consent research with Dr. Boas.