We are thrilled to introduce our Graduate Assistant for our Mens Leadership Project, Jack Thorman!

Jack will be helping our Big Brothers plan activities for their Little Brothers, as well as playing a role in evaluating the program as a whole.

On the path to “triple Hoo” status, Jack is not unfamiliar with U.Va. Grounds, nor Charlottesville itself. A native of Charlottesville, he spent both his undergraduate and graduate career here at U.Va., and is currently working on his earning his Ph.D. in Education from the Curry School of Education. Through his research, he hopes to better understand why baccalaureate-prepared nurses opt to pursue research-oriented degrees in nursing as well as careers in academic nursing. In order to understand this phenomena, he utilizes qualitative methods and draws on a number of psychological and sociological theories.

Previously, Jack worked U.Va. as a Graduate Assistant for the U.Va. School of Nursing Dean’s Office as well as their Office for Research. He also worked as a Graduate Assistant at the Federal Executive Institute here in Charlottesville as part of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Having experience working with young children in Charlottesville through a VISTA AmeriCorps education program, Jack says that what excites him about the Mens Leadership Project is the, “opportunity to support and challenge the young men who are working directly with children.”

In his free time he enjoys reading 20th century American literature, “particularly Southern authors such as Zora Neale Hurston, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, Peter Taylor, and Robert Penn Warren—to name but a few.” Over the years he has worked on-and-off again at Gearharts Fine Chocolates, making him an aficionado of gourmet chocolate!