Vanessa Jackson

Vanessa Jackson

Vanessa Jackson

Vanessa Jackson

Chair and Professor, Retailing and Tourism Management


Last Revised: Nov 15th, 2022

Professional Biography

Vanessa Prier Jackson has served as chair for two years, and is a member of the faculty of records committee for the Honors program at the university.  Her goal as chair is to provide and nurture transformative education for the leaders of tomorrow through support of experiential learning, study abroad and enhanced professional development for faculty and staff.  Dr. Jackson’s current research focuses on the identification of soft skills students need to be competitive in the retailing and tourism management industry.  This research seeks to determine what were the student, faculty, industry leaders and alumni perceived soft skills needed by students for their job performance and the extent to which students’ received these skills in college. The results of her research would help academicians and industry leaders create strategies to enhance students’ productivity in the world of work.


B.S. Clothing and Textile, Southern University
M.S. Human Enironment and Design, Michigan State University
Ph.D. Human Environment and Design, Michigan State University

Contact Information

309 Plant Science Building Lexington, KY 40546

+1 (859) 257-8654