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Rural Sociologist Joins the School

Oct. 3, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey Jacquet joins the School of Environment and Natural Resources as an assistant professor of Rural Sociology.
Please join us in welcoming Jeffrey Jacquet to the School of Environment and Natural Resources.  Jacquet joins the school as an assistant professor of Rural Sociology and will continue a research program focused on rural communities, including the impacts of energy development and other environmental changes. 
Jacquet holds a Ph.D. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Cornell University. Prior to joining the school, Jacquet was on the faculty at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in the Department of Sociology and Rural Studies where he taught a number of courses, including Environmental Sociology, Social Impact Assessment and Rural Community Development.  
At Ohio State, Jacquet is teaching Introduction to Rural Sociology, which enrolls and engages on average 700 undergraduates annually from across campus and fulfills two categories of the GE; social science and social diversity in the U.S. 
Jacquet brings with him extensive knowledge of individual and community perceptions of energy development. He has published numerous outreach reports, webinars and scholarly articles, including in scientific journals such as Environmental Science and Technology, Energy Policy, Rural Sociology, and Society and Natural Resources.
He serves as co-chair of The Energy Impacts Research Coordination Network, a National Science Foundation funded Research Coordination Network (RCN) grant led by a cross-disciplinary steering committee of faculty from research institutions across North America. A purpose of the RCN is to coordinate interdisciplinary social science on energy development, overcoming topical, disciplinary, and geographic silos to facilitate breakthroughs in understanding the social and community impacts of energy. Network participants will convene on The Ohio State University campus on July 26-27, 2017 for the first annual Energy Impacts Symposium. Social scientists are encouraged to present their research on energy development – while all interested members of the scientific community, extension educators, local officials, and the public are welcome to attend. To learn more about the symposium and joining this network, visit:
Jacquet is an active member of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) and the Rural Sociological Society (RSS). At RSS, he most recently served as the chair of the  Natural Resources Research Interest Group (RIG), organizing the 50th Anniversary of that RIG , including a 50th Anniversary panel discussion, organized sessions, and reception. He is the 2013 recipient of the Early Career Research Award from the RSS.
Mentoring graduate students is important to Jacquet.  He looks forward to working with the teaching associate for the course he is teaching, as well as serving as advisor for two graduate students from South Dakota State University, who are continuing their graduate studies here at Ohio State.
On the opportunity to join the school, Jacquet noted, “I am really pleased to join such an interdisciplinary program and look forward to engaging with faculty and students with diverse trainings, backgrounds and perspectives.”