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Jacob Kendall

Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Work
Faculty Profile

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.

Why I Enjoy 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.


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.

Major career accomplishments

I have served older adults in a number of settings, including on nursing staff in a hospital, in a retirement community, for city government in New Orleans, and for a non-profit in India. I have taught courses in social work, public health, aging, the natural sciences, and Spanish at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels, in both the US and China. My research concerns aging and health in Malawi and China and focuses on the family and household, migration, and religion.