Jerry Bailey began his career with the University of Kansas School of Education in 1975. At KU he has held a series of professorial and administrative positions. These include director, associate dean, interim dean, and interim department chair. He became the Faculty Athletics Representative to the Big 12 and the NCAA in 2007. Prior to coming to KU, Bailey was a teacher, counselor, and administrator in the Wichita Public Schools. His doctoral degree is from the University of Tennessee.
Bailey is the author or co-author of a variety of articles, books and technical reports. Each of the publications is related to one of the three themes that constitute his professional interests. These are teacher education, education policy, and educational equity. Bailey's extended curriculum vitae includes more than 40 juried presentations to professional associations, educational organizations and governmental agencies. These addresses are on topics related to the three themes mentioned above.
Bailey is a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education's (NCATE) Board of Examiners. He has served on 16 different national accreditation teams, chairing 13. He has testified before the US Senate and State legislative committees on education issues. He has consulted with nearly 50 federal and state agencies and local school districts on education and equity issues.
The University of Kansas established the Institute for Educational Research and Public Service (www.theinstitute.info) in the summer of 1997. Its mission is twofold: To assist faculty generate research and training support, and To serve the State of Kansas. The Institute administers about 60 grants and contracts annually. These projects are organized around five themes: educational opportunity; faculty service; professional development; early childhood, child abuse and neglect; and afterschool (informal) education. The Institute's research expenditures exceed $6 million annually. Bailey is the Institute's founding and only director. In his own work, he has generated in the past five years research and training expenditures in excess of $15 million dollars.
Until recently, Bailey taught a course each semester at KU. He has chaired 41 doctoral dissertation committees. His former students include deans, school superintendents, directors of major community based organizations, community college presidents and professors. They profess in institutions as diverse as Kansas State University, Bryn Mawr, Johnson County Community College and the University of Kuwait.