Lewiston-Auburn College

Dan Jenkins

Director and Assistant Professor of Leadership and Organizational Studies

Office Location



(207) 753-6592

Academic Degrees

  • University of South Florida, Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Higher Education: Administration
  • University of South Florida, M.A. in Political Science
  • Florida State University, B.S. in Communication Studies


Originally from Tampa, Florida, Dan Jenkins joined the USM family in 2012. Prior to that, Dan 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, he was very active in state government, volunteering for 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. Dan 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.

Areas of Expertise

Dan'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.  

Research Interests

Dan's primary research interests include leadership education, pedagogy, diversity and development, critical thinking, creativity and innovation, college teaching, and higher education policy.

Professional Activity

Jenkins, D. M., & Andenoro, A. C. (2016). Developing critical thinking through leadership education. In K. L. Guthrie, & L. Osteen (Eds.), Reclaiming Higher Education's Purpose in Leadership Development [Monograph]. New Directions for Higher Education, 174, 57-67.

Jenkins, D. M. (2016). Teaching leadership online: An exploratory study of instructional and assessment strategy use. Journal of Leadership Education, 15(2), 129-149. Retrieved from http://journalofleadershiped.org/index.php/volume-15-issue-2/431-teaching-leadership-online-an-exploratory-study-of-instructional-and-assessment-strategy-use

Jenkins, D. M., & Owen, J. E. (2016). Who teaches leadership? A comparative analysis of faculty and student affairs leadership educators and implications for leadership learning. Journal of Leadership Education, 15(2), 98-113. Retrieved from http://journalofleadershiped.org/index.php/volume-15-issue-2/433-who-teaches-leadership-a-comparative-analysis-of-faculty-and-student-affairs-leadership-educators-and-implications-for-leadership-learning

Jenkins, D. M., Endersby, L., & Guthrie, K. L. (2015). Leadership education 2050: Changing the spaces and faces of experience. In M. Sowcik, A. C. Andenoro, M. McNutt, & S. E. Murphy (Eds.), Leadership 2050: Critical challenges, key contexts, and emerging trends (127-139). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Jenkins, D. M. (2014). Integrated course design: A facelift for college courses. Journal of Management Education, June, 1-6. doi:10.1177/1052562914540903

Dellow, D., & Jenkins, D. M. (2014). Learning by design: Utilizing observation instruments to promote student mindfulness of leadership practices, theories, and behaviors. Concepts & Connections, 20(3), 11-14.

Harvey, M., & Jenkins, D. M. (2014). Knowledge, praxis, and reflection: The three critical elements of effective leadership studies programs. Journal of Leadership Studies, 7(4), 76-85.

Jenkins, D. M., & Dugan, J. P. (2013). Context matters: An interdisciplinary studies interpretation of the national leadership education research agenda. Journal of Leadership Education, 12(3), 15-29. Retrieved from http://www.journalofleadershiped.org/attachments/article/319/special_issue2013JenkinsDugan.pdf

Andenoro, A. C., Allen, S. J., Haber-Curran, P., Jenkins, D. M., Sowcik, M., Dugan, J. P., & Osteen, L. (2013). National leadership education research agenda 2013-2018: Providing strategic direction for the field of leadership education. Retrieved from Association of Leadership Educators website: http://leadershipeducators.org/ResearchAgenda