Jackson returns to COM for doctoral internship

Posted on: January 27, 2012


Patricia Jackson started College of the Mainland’s Career Services Department 12  years ago.

“We had a five-year plan and accomplished those goals in two and a half years,” said Jackson, who worked for COM from 2000-02.

She returned to the College this semester as an intern for Dr. Dotti L. Jones, the director of leadership and organizational development. The internship is part of Jackson’s coursework for her final semester as a Texas Southern University doctoral student in education administration.

“She’s preparing herself to be in a position of leadership,” Jones said. “I knew her when she worked here before. I knew her work ethic and her level of performance. I was really pleased that she’d want to do an internship with me at College of the Mainland.”

Jackson’s responsibilities will center around assisting with COM’s Leadership Development Academy, which has 11 fellows this semester.

Jackson’s goal is to become a vice president or dean of student affairs at a college. She said the internship is helping her reach those goals.

“Dr. Jones is a premier speaker,” Jackson said. “She has a plethora of information to provide me. I’m working with her and conducting research and gleaming from her knowledge.”

Jackson was born in Mobile, Ala. and grew up all over the world because her father was in the U.S. Army.

Jackson, who lives in Clear Lake with her daughter, graduated from the University of New Orleans (UNO) with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1991 and earned her master’s degree in postsecondary education guidance and counseling from Xavier University in New Orleans in 1994.

Jackson worked in career development at University of Alabama, Dillard University in New Orleans, and University of Tennessee before joining the COM staff in 2000.

In 2006, Jackson earned a second master’s degree. She graduated from UNO with a master’s in education administration, while operating an international trucking company in Bacliff.

“It kept me current in field of higher education while I was working in a different capacity,” Jackson said.

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