Hall comes to OU from Mid-America Christian University, where he has spent the past eight years working with nontraditional learners, first as director of the Center for Curriculum, Learning and Technology, and, more recently, as dean of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. In his time at MACU, Hall implemented initiatives focused on standardizing curriculum, creating intentional and successful faculty engagement, and developing resources to promote student success. He also worked on the launch of 11 new programs during his tenure. Of his work at MACU, Hall says he is most proud of the retention gains seen across his college over the last three years.
Hall earned his MA and PhD in sociology from OU and also holds an MDiv and a bachelor’s degree in church music. His research has been published in the Journal of World Systems Research and Sociological Forum. He has presented for the U.S. Distance Learning Association, the Council for Accelerated Programs, and the American Sociological Association. His most recent publication is a book review of Sam Anderson’s Boom Town in Ink and Letters.
Away from the office, J can usually be found hanging out with Kenda — his wife of almost twenty-eight years — or some subset of their four kids. He is also an avid reader, loves playing games, and believes MLB Opening Day should be a national holiday.