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Rick Jacobs is professor of psychology at Penn State University and is CEO of EB Jacobs, a consulting firm specializing in selection and assessment. As professor, he is responsible for graduate and undergraduate education in the area of industrial psychology. As head of EB Jacobs, he sets strategic vision for the company, consults with private and public sector organizations on the design of selection and appraisal systems, and works with them on matters of fair employment. He has extensive experience in individual assessment and has developed numerous executive assessment programs.

Dr. Jacobs has been at Penn State since 1979. Prior to forming EB Jacobs, he was Vice President of Consulting, North America, for SHL, a worldwide consulting organization operating in 40 countries.  In that capacity, he was responsible for the 40 consultants operating in 7 offices in the U.S. and Canada.  He was also part of the international reserach initiative at SHL and worked with clients on developing assessment programs that could succeed across geographic and cultural boundaries.  His professional career began as a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, where he taught for three years prior to coming to Penn State.

Dr. Jacobs holds a bachelor's degree from UCLA, a master's degree from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. He has received several national awards for his work including the Ghiselli award for research excellence from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (1982), the Yoder-Heneman award for research from the Society for Human Resource Management (1992), the William Owens award for research from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2000), and the Robert McDonald advancement of organizational research methodology award from the Academy of Management (2010). He has been awarded major research grants from the U.S. Departments of Labor and Transportation, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and PNC Bank. He has testified on equal employment issues in various courts ranging from local to U.S. District. He is the author of over 50 research articles and book chapters and a fellow in the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. Dr. Jacobs also serves as an associate editor of the Journal Human Performance.

Dr. Jacobs is a Senior Fellow at the Justice and Safety Institute (JASI: http://jasi.outreach.psu.edu/#index.php?home), a member of the Schreyer Honors College Distinguished Faculty (http://www.shc.psu.edu/faculty/dhf), and on the Board of Advisors for the Presidential Leadership Academy (http://academy.psu.edu). He developed and leads the PNC Bank Leadership Assessment Center (http://www.shc.psu.edu/alumni/lac)  where each year 48 students from the Schreyer Honors College, Presidential Leadership Academy, and Bunton-Waller Scholars are assessed through a full-day business simulation. This is a unique program that helps prepare our most talented students for the next step in their careers.

In addition to his professional work Dr. Jacobs serves on the boards of directors of Penn State Hillel-The Foundation (http://pennstate.hillel.org/home.aspx) for Jewish Campus Life and the Kevin Dare Foundation (http://kevindare.com), is an avid downhill skier, a collector of Groucho Marx memorabilia, and from time to time plays the 5-string banjo.



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