- Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award (1998)
- Indiana University Bloomington
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Sociology
Jacobs' department chair has written of him, "Using an approach which requires students to see him (and eventually themselves) in the material, Walt has been able to bring to life critical and sensitive issues of race and power which, historically, have offered a challenge in the teaching of sociology to predominantly white middle- and working-class students." Jacobs calls this method "the teacher as text, a strategy of using our personal experiences as teachers and individuals to help our students make sense of their own increasingly fragmented, partial and unstable perceptions and practices." He received the Department of Sociology's Edwin H. Sutherland Award for Excellence in and Commitment to Teaching.