Biography for Carolyn Jacobs
Carolyn Jacobs, MSW, PhD
Interim President, 2015-2016
Dean Emerita and Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor Emerita of the Smith College School for Social Work, Dr. Jacobs was a vital member of the SSW faculty for 35 years, serving as the dean and Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor for 14 of those years, as well as director of “Contemplative Clinical Practice: An Advanced Certificate Program in Spirituality and Social Work Practice” for seven years. She was also a member of the doctoral program faculty. In 2001 she was elected to the National Academies of Practice as a distinguished social work practitioner.
While at Smith, Dr. Jacobs taught primarily within the social work research and practice sequences, and her areas of professional interest include religion and spirituality in social work clinical practice and organizational behavior. She has written and presented extensively on the topic of spirituality in social work. Her most recent publication is “Contemplative spaces in social work practice,” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2015, 49 (1): 150-4.
Since 2009 Jacobs has served as a trustee for Elms College, and since 2011 for Naropa University. Jacobs serves currently as a member of the board of directors for Contemplative Mind in Society since 2010 and the Mind & Life Institute since 2012.
Jacobs received her BA from Sacramento State University, her MSW from San Diego State University, her doctorate from the Heller School of Brandeis University, and her training as a spiritual director from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. She maintains a spiritual direction practice.