Leadership Studies

Dan Jenkins

Department Chair & Associate Professor
Dr. Dan Jenkins photo

Office Location

USM LAC, Room 208E



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

Guthrie, K. L., & Jenkins, D. M. (2018). The role of leadership educators: Transforming learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Jenkins, D. M. (2018). Comparing instructional and assessment strategy use in graduate- and undergraduate-level leadership studies: A global study. Journal of Leadership Education, 17(1), 73-92. Retrieved from http://www.journalofleadershiped.org/index.php/issues/2018-vol-17-iss-1/532-comparing-instructional-and-assessment-strategy-use-in-graduate-and-undergraduate-level-leadership-studies-a-global-study

Jenkins, D. M., & Allen, S. A. (2017). It’s all about intentionality: Aligning instructional strategies with learning outcomes and leadership competencies. New Directions for Student Leadership, 153, 43-58.

Endersby, L., Phelps, K., & Jenkins, D. M. (2017). The Virtual Table: A framework for online teamwork, collaboration, and communication. New Directions for Student Leadership, 153, 75-88.

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

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.