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American Sociological Association: Carol Jenkins Award Statement
Carol Jenkins Award Statement
Carol Jenkins, Professor of Sociology at
Carol Jenkins chose to work in undergraduate education when other options were available, built scholarship on improving the undergraduate experience,and has given over 45 workshops and presentations on scholarly teaching and SoTL to local, regional, national and international audiences.
Professor Jenkins has worked in almost every kind of institution of higher learning and multiple applied settings.According to ASA Executive Officer Carla Howery, Carol Jenkins “understands different institutional missions very well and works to help us learn from one another.”She has worked extensively to cross the boundaries of “articulation” between high schools and community colleges and between two and four year schools. Jenkins provides a model for this important work.
Carol Jenkins has an extensive record of service to the American Sociological Association in various elected and appointed positions, the Departmental Resources Group, Teaching Sociology editorial board and the Section on Teaching and Learning, including chairperson. A leader in identifying learning outcomes and measuring their achievement,she has been especially helpful with the ASA’s work on assessment.In the Maricopa Community Colleges network,she has helped many colleagues understand the importance of assessment and how to do it.The Maricopa Institute for Learning, modeled after the Pew National Fellowship Program for Carnegie Scholars, invites Fellows to participate in interdisciplinary discussions and projects related to increasing effective teaching and learning.According to the Director, because of her extensive experience in the scholarship of teaching and learning, when Carol Jenkins became a Fellow at the Institute she exercised a leadership role and helped to mentor other faculty fellows.
Carol Jenkins is an inspiring teacher. She brings excitement to her classroom, inspires her students to learn and apply sociological concepts, and shares her experiences with others in the discipline so that all sociologists might improve their teaching skills.Peers speak to her ability to challenge and motivate students.One colleague noted, “She excelled among the university’s faculty in pushing students to think deeply and to learn to ask and explore appropriate questions.”Other comments described Jenkins as “tough but fair” and described her significant contributions as a valuable mentor to undergraduates, graduate students, and junior faculty.Another colleague pointed out that she was most effective with nontraditional and minority students. “She was aware of and sensitive to their special learning needs before it was ‘trendy’ to do so in higher education.”Her current department chair reported that “there is no other senior faculty member who chooses to teach ten sections of Introduction to Sociology every year.Classes are full, have high retention rates, and students tend to continue with additional Sociology coursework”.
Dr. Jenkins contributions to teaching about rural communities have been profound. She has worked to cross the boundary between rural sociology and mainstream sociology.Through “cooperative initiatives” on teaching,learning,research and curriculum transformation activitiesCarol has successfully linked ASA Section expertise and the curriculum/ pedagogicalneeds of the Rural Sociological Society.
In the Rural Sociological Society
Jenkins served as Chair of the Instruction and Curriculum Interest
Group and Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Curriculum Transformation.
One of her recommenders describes Dr. Jenkins contributions as “a
series of remarkable achievements that has transformed the teaching of
rural diversities in