Leadership Studies

Dan Jenkins

Department Chair & Associate Professor
Dr. Dan Jenkins photo

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


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 and local government, volunteering on gubernatorial, congressional, and school board campaigns, working as a policy analyst for the Florida House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations during the 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 250 finance company.

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.