Erik Jacobson

Erik Jacobson headshot

Program of Specialty

  • Literacy

Scholarly Interests and Specialties

  • Adult literacy
  • Literacy practices outside of schools
  • Comparative sociocultural perspectives on literacy (with a focus on Japan)
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Technology
  • Reading Comprehension

Professional Association Memberships

  • New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning (NJALL)
  • The Literacy Research Association (LRA)
  • Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE)
  • Women Expanding Literacy Education Action Resource Network (WE LEARN)

Reviewer for the following professional journals

  • Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education

Leadership positions in professional organizations

  • Past President
  • New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning

Work with schools and Other Agencies

  • Program Coordinator, Write on Sports: Write on Sports ( is a summer camp and afterschool program in which students develop their skills by writing about sports. They write stories and shoot and edit their own videos. As part of the program they meet and interview athletes and professional sports journalists. On the MSU campus we work with students from West Orange, Clifton, and Hawthorne. We also work with students in Newark.