Michelle Jacobs

Michelle Jacobs

Michelle was born in Fountain Springs, Pennsylvania. As a lifelong resident of northern Schuylkill County and a Penn State graduate, Michelle has been an adjunct instructor of history at Penn State Schuylkill for fifteen years, and an instructor of history and sociology at Luzerne County Community College for twenty years. She has also taught history classes for Susquehanna University, Misericordia University, and Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Michelle's husband, Kevin, is also a Schuylkill alum, a native of Schuylkill County, and an education analyst for Geisinger. They met on their first day of classes at Penn State Schuylkill. Together, they have two children and four grandchildren. Her hobbies include nature photography, gardening, travel, and spending time with her family. She has dedicated her entire career to college teaching. Courses she has taught include

  • the American history surveys
  • Civil War
  • World War II
  • Vietnam
  • American Government
  • History of Western Civilization
  • Social Principles and Diversity

She has also designed and taught several mini-courses including Exceptional American Presidents, Tasting the Past, Civil War in an Evening, and The Spanish Flu Pandemic, emphasizing local impact.

American social history

History of medicine

Social impacts of epidemics

Late nineteenth- to early twentieth-century America

Civil War

World War II

"In Flew Enza": The October, 1918 Spanish Influenza Epidemic in Pottsville, Pennsylvania

M.A., American Studies - Penn State Harrisburg

B.A., Letters, Arts, and Sciences - Penn State University