J.R. Jamison, Executive Director

J.R. Jamison has spent two decades connecting higher education and nonprofits through meaningful community engagement partnerships to strengthen their impact and better orchestrate their narratives as one. His work on embedding community engagement into campus culture has been adopted by more than 40 colleges and universities across the globe, and he has written and won over $7 million of grants to support such engagement efforts.

J.R. is the Executive Director of the Indiana Campus Compact where he works closely with the Board of Directors to oversee all aspects of the organization, including: staff leadership and direction, finances and development, new partnerships, and recruitment and retention of colleges and universities.

He also serves as an editor for the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, on the Board of Governors for the Alexander M. Bracken Library, and as a co-chair for the 8th International Symposium on Service-Learning at the University of Nicosia (Cyprus).

In addition to his work in higher education, J.R. is a founder of The Facing Project, a national organization that creates a more understanding and empathetic world through stories that inspire action, and he co-hosts The Facing Project Radio Show on NPR.

J.R.’s writings have appeared in multiple academic journals and books, and he has been featured in outlets such as The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Harlem World Magazine, among others. He developed the community engagement discussion guides for three books including the New York Times best seller, Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes (Wiley, 2012). Where Am I Wearing? has been adopted as a common read by over 150 colleges, universities, high schools, and libraries across the country.

J.R. has been named among M Magazine’s 20 Under 40 for the best and brightest in Indiana, and in 2014 he was recognized by the Indiana Student Affairs Association with the career achievement award, Inspiration to Create Monumental Opportunities.

Areas of Expertise:

Faculty reward systems, oral histories, public narratives and dialogue, scholarship of engagement, faculty culture and mentoring, institutional change


  • Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration, Ball State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Cultural Geography and Creative Writing, Ball State University


  • Principles & Techniques of Fundraising, The Fundraising School at the Lilly School of Philanthropy, Indiana University
  • Fundamentals of Supervision & Leadership, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Federal Grant Administration, Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the State of Indiana.