The Florida State University, B.S. in Communication Studies; University of South Florida, M.A. in Political Science; University of South Florida, Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Higher Education: Administration.
Professor Jenkins’s area of expertise is leadership education and pedagogy. He teaches courses primarily in leadership and organizational theory as well as others in the leadership and organizational studies program and common core. Additionally, he is actively involved in the International Leadership Association, Association of Leadership Educators, and NASPA.
Originally from Tampa, Florida, Professor Jenkins joined the USM family in 2012. Prior, Professor Jenkins was the Program Coordinator and Co-Director of the Leadership Studies Academic Minor Program at the University of South Florida and an academic advisor for their Bachelor of Science in Applied Science, Hospitality Management, and Information Technology degree programs. During his time in Florida, Professor Jenkins was very active in state government, volunteering on gubernatorial, congressional, and school board campaigns, working as a policy analyst for the Florida House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations during 2003 legislative session, and teaching courses on state and American government as well as political science at Hillsborough Community College. Professor Jenkins also worked in the hospitality and beverage industries in major restaurant chains, country clubs, arenas, and football stadiums in addition to various customer service, operational, and quality assurance roles for a Fortune 500 finance company.
Professor Jenkins’s primary research interests include leadership education, pedagogy, diversity and development, critical thinking, creativity and innovation, college teaching, and higher education policy.