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Jackie Edmondson

Dr. Jacqueline Edmondson

Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, Penn State Greater Allegheny

Phone: 412-675-9080

4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132-7698


  • Curriculum and Instruction


  • Literacies and English Language


  • Center on Rural Education and Communities (CREC)


Jacqueline Edmondson is chancellor and chief academic officer for the Greater Allegheny campus. She is professor of education, and her academic home is in Curriculum and Instruction (language, culture and society), where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy and policy.

Edmondson served as associate vice president and associate dean for Undergraduate Education at Penn State from 2013-2017. From 2009 to 2013, she served as associate dean for undergraduate and graduate studies in the College of Education; and from 2007 to 2009 she was the associate dean for teacher education and undergraduate programs in the college. She began her Penn State career as an assistant professor of education in 2000, becoming a professor of education in 2012. Edmondson began her faculty career in 1998 at the University of Minnesota Morris.

Her research has been published in a number of academic journals and her books include: America Reads: A Critical Policy Analysis (2000); Prairie Town: Redefining Rural Life in an Age of Globalization (2003); Understanding and Applying Critical Policy Study: Reading Educators Advocating for Change (2004); Reading Education Policy (2005 co-edited with Patrick Shannon); as well as biographies for adolescent readers about Venus and Serena Williams (2005, Greenwood Press); Condoleezza Rice (2006, Greenwood Press); Jesse Owens (2007, Greenwood Press); Jerry Garcia (2009, Greenwood Press); and John Lennon (2010).

Edmondson earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, a master of science degree in educational psychology and a bachelor of science degree in elementary and kindergarten education, all from Penn State.

Areas of Expertise



Curriculum Areas

Language, Culture, and Society Ed

Education Types

Rural Ed

Educational Studies

Critical & Feminist Theory
Cultural Studies

Higher Education

Higher Education Student Affairs
Higher Education

Social Issues

Education Policy
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