Jacob Kendall

Dr. Jacob Kendall

Jacob Kendall

Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office Location: Reade 217B
Phone: (765) 998-5353
Email: jacob_kendall@taylor.edu

Specialties: aging, demography, family, gerontology, health, household, migration, religion, social involvement, sub-saharan africa



PhD, Interdisciplinary Aging Studies, Tulane University, 2016.
Dissertation: Aging in Rural Malawi: Living Arrangements, Migration, Religion
MPH, International Health and Development, Tulane University, 2011
MSW, International Social Work, Tulane University, 2010
BA, Biology, Huntingdon College, 2007

Why I love teaching at Taylor:

Taylor has high-quality students who care about learning. It's a great setting to participate in creative methods for engaging with knowledge and issues that are relevant to our contemporary society. Learning to adequately and appropriately address such issues is arguably more important as a Christian today than ever before. I like the opportunity to be a part of a community that embraces this challenge.

Advice to incoming students:

Quality is more important than quantity. Don't get too stressed about the grades. If you focus on the quality of your college experience, both in and outside the classroom, the grades will be where you want them to be.


I watch a lot of movies and am working my way through all films that have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Some of my favorite films include The Shawshank RedemptionLove ActuallyThe Dark Knight, and the Star Wars series.

I love reading literature in many genres and am currently working my way through all winners of the Pulitzer Prize. Some of my favorite authors include Edith Wharton, Booth Tarkington, Paul Auster, and Jared Diamond.

I love listening to music in many genres. Some of my favorite musical artists include Frederic Chopin, Ray Charles, The Beatles, and Tommy Emmanuel. I have been playing piano since age 6, and I also play acoustic guitar and percussion.

I love outdoors activities, especially hiking, birdwatching, and snowboarding. 

Finally, I love traveling anywhere and everywhere.