Leadership Studies

Dan Jenkins

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Office Location

Payson Smith Hall, Suite 004



Academic Degrees

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


Dan Jenkins, Ph.D., is a Professor of Leadership & Organizational Studies at the University of Southern Maine.  Until the summer of 2012, Dan was the Program Coordinator and Co-Director of the Leadership Studies Academic Minor Program at the University of South Florida. Dan was also the academic advisor for the Hospitality Management and BS in Applied Science majors at USF. He earned a B.S. in Communications with minors in Music and English Literature from The Florida State University in 2002. Dan went on to earn an M.A. in Political Science at the University of South Florida in 2007 and later received his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with emphases in Higher Education Administration and Organizational Leadership from USF in 2011. Prior to USF, Dan worked in a variety of industries including music performance, politics and state government, hospitality, and finance. He enjoys the beaches, classic rock and jazz, college football, and spending time with his family and friends.

Dan currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership and organizational theory, research methods, and leadership education. His primary research interests include leadership education, pedagogy, followership, and critical thinking. Dan is a co-author of the book The Role of Leadership Educators: Transforming Learning and has published more than 40 articles and book chapters on leadership education.  As an award-winning international speaker and facilitator, Dan has engaged thousands of leadership educators, students, and professionals on topics such as leadership pedagogy, followership, and curriculum and course design. Additionally, Dan is a co-founder of the International Leadership Association’s Leadership Education Academy, Vice-Chair of the Collegiate Leadership Competition, Associate Editor of the Journal of Leadership Studies, and co-host of the Leadership Educator Podcast. 

Areas of Expertise

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. 

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

See here for Dr. Jenkins's Google Scholar profile lising his publications.

Awards and Recognition

NASPA Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community Dr. Susan R. Komives Research Award, 2018 NASPA Annual Conference

Distinguished Scholar Award, 2017 Association of Leadership Educators Annual Conference

Association of Leadership Educators Rising Star Award, 2014 Association of Leadership Educators Annual Conference

Professional Activity

Professor Jenkins is actively involved in the International Leadership Association, Association of Leadership Educators, and NASPA.