Tom is a Professor of Communication in the School's Department of Media Studies and Production. His principal research areas address development, political and community change, and public deliberation. He has served at Temple as Interim Dean of the School of Media and Communication. Previously he served as Chair of SUNY-Buffalo’s Department of Communication and Director of its Informatics Research Center. He has been Visiting Professor at Northwestern University and at Cornell University summer programs. Jacobson is past President of the Participatory Communication Research Section of the International Association of Media and Communication Research IAMCR. He currently is Chair of IAMCR's Scholarly Review Committee.