Jacobson, Margaret J.

Jacobson, Margaret J.

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Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of Southern California, Summer Study in Gerontology, 1976

George Peabody College for Teachers, 1965 Ph.D.

Vanderbilt University, 1958 MSN

Vanderbilt University, 1954 BSN Summa cum laude

Baylor University Hospital, 1940 Diploma

Western New Mexico Univ., Silver City, 1936 Attended

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1968-1983

University of California, San Francisco, 1967-1968

Stanford University, 1966-1967

Vanderbilt University, 1955-1965

Administrative and Professional Experience

Various nursing positions: head nurse, office mgr. pediatrician, airline stewardess, private duty nursing, field work in public health.

Various consultations on curriculum/research: Clemson, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Fresno State, Univ. New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Distinguished Visitors Committee, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

Served on SJSU Academic Senate, many University, School, and Department committees and as an Associate Dean.

Also active in WCHEN (Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education in Nursing), COGEN (Cooperative Graduate Education in Nursing between states) and Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing.

Selected Publications

M. Jacobson, V. Crenshaw, & M. Donaldson. Hassenplug on Nursing, 1920‑1980 Oral history from video-taped interviews. VUSN, 1992.

An Introduction to Community Nursing. In S.E. Archer & R. Fleshman (Eds.) Community Health Nursing: Patterns and Practice. Duxbuiy Press: N. Scituate, MA, 1979.

Qualitative Data as a Potential Source of Theory in Nursing, Image: The Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 1971, 4(1), 12‑14.

Effective & Ineffective Behavior of Teachers of Nursing as Determined by Their Students, Nursing Research, 1966, 15(3), 216‑244.

Personal Commentary

I was one of those women who returned to school after marriage and children. In the 1950s at Vanderbilt, this was unusual. In fact, I was the only person in my class who was married with children. At Vanderbilt I received the Founder's Medal for Scholarship; a fellowship through the Southern Regional Education Board for masters study, a National League for Nursing fellowship for doctoral study, and in 1985 the Alumni Award for Excellence in Nursing. I probably would have stayed at Vanderbilt, but my airline pilot spouse was transferred to San Francisco.

After moving to the Bay Area, I did a stint at Stanford and at UCSF braving the commute to the latter before the 280 freeway was built. At UCSF I taught senior students doing home visits in the Haight Ashbury who were far more sophisticated about their environment than I. They were patient and protective of a teacher who worried about them and spent much of her time looking for a place to park.

The following year I was asked to come to SJSU to consult on a curriculum grant. I stayed to start up the Master’s program in Community Health Nursing and later in Gerontological Nursing. It was a happy situation for me at SJSU because I was given the opportunity to do the kinds of things for which I had been prepared‑‑teaching and administration.

Date Completed: 6/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Jacobson, Margaret J.