Jeff Will

Professor • Director, Northeast Florida Center of Community Initiatives

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Research methods, statistics, poverty, homeless, sociology


Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst


In 1994 Will, along with Drs. Charles E. 
Owens and Henry Camp, established the Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives to provide research and evaluation support for agencies and communities throughout the region and the nation. Since that time, research faculty working within CCI have been responsible for over $3 million in research contracts and grants, and another $3 million in training programs. These projects have been carried out primarily with local and state non-profit organizations and state and local government agencies. Will's primary areas of research concern poverty, inequality, and public policy. In addition to his work at UNF, Will was on the Board of Directors for the Clara White Mission. He also has previously served on the Advisory Board for the Health Care for the Homeless Clinics in Jacksonville, and worked as a consultant and coordinator for the annual Homeless Census and Survey in Jacksonville from 1994 - 2000, and 2006 to present. Will was also a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Y2K Class.


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