Jackson Kytle is a social psychologist, progressive educator, writer, and consultant to college leaders, working for the Advance Group. He was elected a Commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an association that accredits 512 colleges and universities from New York State to Delaware as well as abroad. Previous college leadership positions include: Vice President for Academic Affairs, HealthCare Chaplaincy; Deputy Provost of The New School in New York City; Dean of Vermont College and Vice President, Norwich University; President of Goddard College; and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Antioch University. Jackson has taught at each of these colleges, offering courses in social psychology, research methods and statistics, educational philosophy, and college writing.
After his B.A. in English at Middlebury College in l963, Jackson received a Ph.D. in social psychology from Teachers College Columbia University, where his interests in learning and motivation, evaluation research, and organizational change began. After Goddard, he taught briefly at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where research for his 2004 book, To Want to Learn, started. His current research interests are motivation and learning, and how people manage life transitions. A second edition of his book, featuring new chapters on neurobiology and mindfulness, will be released by Palgrave Macmillan in July, 2012.
Jackson lives with his wife, Tari Prinster, a yoga teacher, in New York City and Stowe, Vermont where he enjoys skiing, hiking, tennis and learning jazz piano.