Lisa Jakubowski

Dr. Lisa Jakubowski

Job Title:

 Associate Professor, Sociology


 Full-Time Faculty



 519.432.8353 x28238


 Ursuline Hall 332

Academic Background

  • Ph.D., Sociology, York University 
  • M.A., Sociology, Western University 
  • Honours B.A., Sociology, Western University 

Representative Publications

  • 2018 (with Martin McIntosh) “Resistance versus Transformation: Exploring the Transformative Potential of High
  • Impact Service-Learning Experiences” Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, Vol. 9, No. 1:44-55 
  • 2015 “Bridging Classroom and Community: Community Reflections on Campus-Community Partnerships” International Higher Education Curriculum Design & Academic Leadership Review, 11-25. 
  • 2014 “Managing Canadian Immigration: “Racism, Racialization and the Law” (with E. Comack). in E. Comack (ed.) Locating Law: Race/Class/ Gender/Sexuality Connections. (3rd edition) Halifax: Fernwood Publishing. 
  • 2004 “Teaching Community Development: A Case Study in Community-Based Learning” (with Patrick Burman) Teaching Sociology, Vol. 32, April: 160-176. 
  • 2003 “Beyond Book Learning: Cultivating the Pedagogy of Experience through Field Trips” Journal of Experiential Education, Vol. 26, No. 1: 24-33. 
  • 2002 Teaching Controversy. (with Livy Visano) Halifax: Fernwood Publishing. 
    2001 “Teaching Uncomfortable Topics: An Action-Oriented Strategy for Addressing Racism and Related Forms of Difference” Teaching Sociology, Vol. 29, January: 62–79 
  • 1997 Immigration and the Legalization of Racism. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing. 

Representative Conferences

  • Workshop Coordinator and Facilitator (with Martin McIntosh; CSL simulation facilitated by students Amy Dvorkin, Sarah Pol), “The Transformative Potential of High Impact Service-Learning Experiences: A Campus-Community Collaboration in Action”, June 23, 2016, STLHE 2016: Empowering Learners, Effecting Change, June 21-24, Western University, London, ON. 
  • Workshop Coordinator and Facilitator “Community Service Learning: The Basics”, June 20, 2007, Canadian Dialogue on Community Service-Learning, June 20-22, 2007, Brescia University College, London, ON. 
  • Invited Keynote Speaker “Linking Classroom and Community: Reflecting on the Challenges,  
    Accomplishments, and Controversy of Experiential Education”, Te Wanaga O Aotearoa, Te Awamutu, New Zealand, October 15th, 2004.
  • Workshop Coordinator and Facilitator (ASA President’s Invitation) (with Gina Johar, Kathleen Mistretta, and Tahirih Naylor), “Teaching Uncomfortable and Controversial Topics”, August 16th, 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 14-17, San Francisco, California. 
  • Presenter, (with Patrick Burman), “Teaching Community Development through Action-Oriented Pedagogy: A Case Study in Experiential Learning” at the 2002 International Consortium on Experiential Learning [ICEL] Conference: Experiential Learning: Cultural and Ethical Dilemmas, Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 1st - July 5th, 2002. 

Areas of Teaching

To be successful, the process of teaching and learning demands a commitment from both teacher and student. As an instructor, I strive to incorporate a mixture of pedagogical methods into my courses, including: lectures; student presentations and seminars; and individual or group projects. I am very much committed to integrating experiential learning into my classes. Wherever possible, students are invited to link classroom and community, by applying their knowledge of sociology and community development in real world settings. I teach primarily Community Development courses, as well as a Law and Social Inequality Course. I am currently teaching: 

  • Sociology 2215A – Bridging Classroom and Community: An Introduction to Community Development through Service-Learning 
  • Sociology 3330F/G – Community Development: Foundations 
  • Sociology 3334A/B – Community Practicum 
  • Sociology 3335A/B – Community Leadership 
  • Sociology 3360F/G – Law and Social Inequality

Research Specialization(s)

My research involves exploring the effects of community service-learning on students and the  
communities in which they serve. More specifically, I am focusing on the relationship between service-learning and civic engagement, by investigating the transformative potential of high impact community service-learning experiences. 

Awards and Recognition

  • Repeated Member, Dean’s Honour Roll of Teaching, Brescia University College.