Loyola University Chicago

Career Development Center

Division of Student Academic Services

Staff Directory

Kathryn Jackson, MEd

Title/s: Director

Office #: Sullivan 255/CLC 800

Phone: 773.508.7716

E-mail: kjackson9@luc.edu


Kathryn Jackson (she/her), a south side Chicago native and first generation college graduate, joined Loyola University Chicago in 2008 as an Academic Internship Coordinator in the Quinlan School of Business. Kathryn's professional  experience includes Experiential Learning, Alumni Career Services, Student Development, and Residence Life. 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, become a small business owners, 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.  

Now in her third decade of working in college student services, she is the 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 University's School for New Learning (SNL); a career mentor in DePaul University's Alumni Sharing Knowledge Program; and a field internship facilitator for Adler University. 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 management books, bakes, and likes to kayak.

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.