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J. Jacob Jenkins

Assistant Professor, Communication

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Ph.D. Communication, University of South Florida, 2012
B.Arch Architecture, Drury University, 2005


J. Jacob Jenkins (Ph.D., University of South Florida; B.Arch., Drury University) is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication, Program Advisor for CI's Communication Program, and Campus Coordinator for CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative (aka, “openCI.”)

Jenkins' work focuses on the intersection(s) between community, diversity, and faith-based organizations. His specific research interests include organizational leadership, community engagement, and positive organizational change.

To date, Jenkins’ effort to improve community engagement and racial/ethnic relations has been honored by the Waterhouse Family Institute, Carl Couch Institute, CMM Institute for Social Evolution, and American Christian Writers Association, to name but a few. Jenkins has received teaching honors at both the regional and national level, including the National Communication Association's "Teachers on Teaching Spotlight Series” and the Online Learning Consortium's "Best in Track" Award. He was also recognized as a Top 4 Finalist for CI's "Maximus Teaching Award" in both 2015 and 2017. In 2016, Jenkins was named as one of the Pacific Coast Business Times' "40 Under 40."

Jenkins has traveled extensively through 5 continents and 26 countries. He has completed humanitarian work in China, Japan, Mexico, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Great Britain, and the United States. He has studied abroad in Italy, France, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Vatican City, and The Netherlands, and has led his own study abroad courses to England.

Jenkins currently lives within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean with his wife and their son. During his free time, he enjoys film, travel, live music, and spicy food.

Representative Courses Taught

  • COMM 455 Leadership Studies
  • COMM 442 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 333 Nonprofit Management
  • COMM 225 Professional Communication



Organizational Leadership, Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication, Applied Communication Research, Community Building & Engagement

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