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Howard J (Jake) Eberwein III,  Ed.D.

Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education

Mark Hopkins 206

375 Church St.,  North Adams,  MA  01247




  • B.A., Biology/Chemistry, Skidmore College (1987)

  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership, MCLA (2003)

  • Ed.D., Ed Policy, Research & Administration, UMass-Amherst (2008)


H. Jake Eberwein has been a public educator since 1994.  He served as a classroom teacher, a high school coach, and a high school principal.  After serving as the Pittsfield Deputy Superintendent, he was named the Superintendent of Schools and served from 2008 through 2012.   During Dr. Eberwein's tenure, overall achievement rose, achievement gaps closed, and dropout rates were substantially lowered - all outpacing state gains.  In 2011, Pittsfield demonstrated the highest mathematics and English language arts scores among the Commonwealth's 24 urban districts.

Dr. Eberwein earned his undergraduate degree in Biology/Chemistry from Skidmore College where he graduated  Phi Beta Kappa and captained the school's baseball team.  He earned his masters degree from MCLA, and a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2008.  His dissertation, "Raising Legal Literacy in Public Schools, A Call for Principal Leadership," won the Joseph C. Bekham Dissertation Award from the Education Law Association.  Dr. Eberwein has served on several state committees including the Task Force on Proficiency Gaps and the State Data Warehouse Steering Committee.  He was also a reviewer for the Commonwealth's Race to the Top application and served as co-chair of the Urban Superintendent's Network.  Locally, he has served on several boards including: Compact for Higher Education, Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Museum, Readiness Center Advisory.   Dr. Eberwein has been an adjunct professor at MCLA and American International College, and a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts. 

Dr. Eberwein is interested in urban education, specifically transformative leadership and organizational development that elevates student achievement and closes achievement gaps.   He has conducted research in education law, dropout prevention, and public school-community collaboration.  He has presented on alignment of standards, assessment, and instruction to ensure academic rigor and 21st century cognitive skill development.  As a member of the school building commission, he also has a keen interest in the relationship between school facility design and how space influences the behaviors of those working and learning inside them. Eberwein has been lead author/researcher on a number of local and state policies in a variety of domains including bullying prevention, student wellness, and attendance reform.  He has also been invited to testify before the joint Senate-House Education Subcommittee in Boston.   

At MCLA, Eberwein aspires to continue and advance the rich tradition of preparing school teachers and leaders.  In doing so, he hopes graduates will be able to: shape a vision of success for all students; create a climate hospitable for education in classrooms, schools, and communities; partipate in collaborative leadership; advance curriculum and instruction; and manage people, data and processes to foster continuous school/student improvement.