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Ohio State appoints Jason Reece as vice provost for urban research and community engagement

Reece will collaborate with stakeholders to create academic partnerships

The Ohio State University has selected Jason Reece as vice provost for urban research and community engagement, effective Jan. 1.

Jason ReeceIn his new role, Reece will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to create a strategic vision for academic partnership with Ohio State’s local communities, said Melissa Gilliam, the university’s executive vice president and provost.

“He will contribute to our strategic focus area in external engagement, which seeks to forge strong, mutually beneficial connections with external communities,” she said. “He will serve as a key adviser to academic leaders by using an asset-based approach to address major challenges facing local communities.”

In addition, Reece will provide overall leadership for local engagement strategy development and implementation. In particular, he will focus on collaboration and partnership with central Ohio communities and entities through scholarship, education and service.

Reece has served Ohio State for two decades in various roles centered on community-engaged scholarship. He is a longtime affiliate of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and is currently providing leadership as its interim executive director.

Among Reece’s accomplishments at the Kirwan Institute, he codeveloped the opportunity mapping methodology, which has been used by nonprofit, public sector and philanthropic partners as well as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Since 2010, Reece has served on the city and regional planning faculty at the Knowlton School of Architecture. In his research, he focuses on social equity and justice in the context of city planning history, theory and practice, with particular emphasis on planning for a built and social environment that supports multiple dimensions of health equity and inclusion. He also has taught courses on the social determinants of health at the College of Public Health.

Reece earned bachelor’s degrees in geography and in urban and regional planning from Miami University and his master’s degree and PhD in city and regional planning from Ohio State.

“We congratulate Jason as he prepares to transition into this exciting new role,” Gilliam said.

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