Office of Student Life

Student Activities


Below you will find profiles for each of our full-time and graduate student staff members in Student Activities. Click on a staff member to get more information or check out our organizational chart here: Student Activities Organizational Chart

Matt Van Jura

  • Title: Assistant Director, Leadership Programs
  • Phone: 614-247-8431
  • Email:
  • Education: BA in Political Science and History from The Ohio State University, M.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont, Ph.D in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University in progress
Matt is responsible for programming that develops the leadership self-efficacy and leadership capacities of all Ohio State students. His responsibilities include developing and facilitating workshops on a variety of leadership topics, coordinating the LeaderShape Institute at Ohio State, advising the Student Leadership Advocates cohort, and serving as an instructor for two classes within the University's Leadership Studies Minor (Team and Organizational Leadership and Introduction to Personal Leadership Foundations). Matt also coordinates Ohio State's participation in the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership, and collaborates with the Center for the Study of Student Life to interpret data and communicate recommendations to campus partners. In this way, Matt provides support to the strategic direction of Student Activities and the Office of Student Life regarding leadership education. Outside of work, Matt enjoys running, cycling and following the Ohio State/Cleveland sports teams. He has facilitated for groups including Pelotonia, the Ohio State College of Social Work, Moms2B, the Columbus YWCA and Nationwide Children's Hospital.