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Joy Jackson

Associate Site Director and Coach


Joy Jackson comes to Merit America from Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business where she served as Associate Director of the Ph.D. in Business, concentration in Executive Business Research, program.  Prior to her work at Virginia Tech, Joy also held positions at Brookings Executive Education and UNC Chapel Hill where she served as Admissions Director for MPA@UNC, the online format of the university’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. Joy is an alumna of UNC Chapel Hill’s residential MPA program and earned her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship.  She is passionate about education and has 15 years of public service experience. 

My Best Learning Experience

When I was a senior in high school I took an English class called "On the Town." The class focused on playwrights and storytelling on the stage and was my first real exposure to experiential learning.  We would read and discuss plays, attend stage productions of the plays in DC, and then have a chance to speak with the director/actors/etc when they visited our class. We saw plays in large venues like the Arena Stage and smaller ones like Studio Theater on 14th street. It was a wonderful way to become immersed in the culture of the city and learn to take the analytical and critical thinking skills that were often only used in the classroom into the real world.