Dr. Derya Jacobs has given 11 years of service to Robert Morris, some of those years as the Dean of the School of Business. Recently, she has taken a new position at Robert Morris: Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Study.
Dr. Jacobs graduated from the University of Missouri School of Science and Technology and prior to her time at RMU served at Old Dominion University as an Assistant Professor, Graduate Director of Engineering, Management, and Engineering Systems Management, Interim Department Head, and Associate Dean for the College of Engineering and Technology. When asked why she chose RMU after her time at Old Dominion, Dr. Jacobs stated that the school's rapid growth at all levels is what attracted her the most. She was intrigued by the opportunity to play a prominent role in the University's future and help students in whatever way she could.
Her new role as Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies is one that she takes on with great pride and enthusiasm. One of her main responsibilities is to work towards gaining external funding for several school related programs, such as Global Experience Learning, K-12 Programs, Student Engaged Learning, and Graduate and Undergraduate research. She also works towards gaining funds for Applied and Discipline-Based Faculty research.
In the short time I had to speak with Dr. Jacobs, it was overwhelmingly easy to see how enthusiastic she is about the present and future of Robert Morris, and how much she cares about the students here. In her time at RMU, she has worked tirelessly to make sure that all students get the best possible education and experience. She has done an exemplory job in presenting students with opportunities to grow themselves professionally and personally. In a final message to the students, Dr. Jacobs wished to tell students to take advantage of working with faculty and an engaged learning experience. She also urges students to participate in any kind of global experience they can. Doing so will not only make you more marketable in the professional world but also provide you with an experience that is impossible to duplicate.
Written by Greg Chapman