Loyola University Chicago

Career Development Center

Staff Directory

Kathryn Jackson, MEd

Title/s: Director

Office #: Sullivan 255

Phone: 773.508.7716

E-mail: kjackson9@luc.edu


Kathryn Jackson, a Chicago native, joined Loyola University Chicago in 2008 after successfully running her small business, an educational project management company, as well as teaching in the Student Development unit of Joliet Junior College for a number of years. Kathryn's experience comes from various areas of higher education including Experiential Learning, Alumni Career Services, Student Development, and Academic Affairs. Her career has offered her opportunities to launch an international career mentoring and networking program at DePaul University (Alumni Sharing Knowledge), develop unique course curriculum, as well as work with text book companies developing new texts on the subjects of career development, leadership, and civic engagement. Recently, Kathryn has contributed articles and text book chapters on Community Work-Study best practices as well as earned awards from The College Board, the University of Illinois Alumni Association, and Office of the POTUS Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  

In her 20th in student services, she assumed the role of Director at Loyola Chicago's Career Development Center (CDC) which serves approximately 10,000 undergraduates, 5,000 graduate students, and 150,000 living alumni from various programs (other than business and law). The CDC unit delivers traditional career services as well as Pre-Health Advising, Student Employment/Work-Study, Community Service Work-Study, and Pre-Law Advising at both the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. As a member of the Student Academic Services (SAS) Leadership Team, Kathryn serves on committees and working groups to address policy and programs pertaining to Data Use & Visualization, Learning Assessment, DACA/Dreamers at Loyola, and Metrics Formation. 

When not in her office, Kathryn is a professional mentor in DePaul's School for New Learning; an 18-year mentor in DePaul's Alumni Sharing Knowledge; a field instructor for Adler University; and a regular volunteer for Chicago Public Schools. Ms. Jackson has a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC); a master's degree in Counseling and Human Services Management from DePaul University; is trained as a facilitator for Civic Reflection Technique© , has completed 20 hours at the Annapolis Institute on alumni programming, is a trained and "Qualified" administrator of the MBTI/Strong (via CCP). For fun she conducts genealogical research, reads, bakes, and is restoring her Chicago Bungalow with her husband.

Kathryn has completed the following Loyola University Chicago staff/faculty trainings: Safe Space (LGBTQI), I'm Here For You (Survivors of Dating Violence), Share the Dream: Undocumented Ally Training.