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About Toby S Jenkins

Dr. Toby Jenkins is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies at the University of South Carolina. Her work focuses on the utility of culture (contemporary culture, folk culture, and pop culture) as a politic of social survival, a tool of social change, and a transformative space of non-traditional knowledge production. She is also interested in the ways in which culture influences one's leadership proxy and sense of citizenship/social commitment. Dr. Jenkins has spent 10 years working as an administrator and diversity practitioner in higher education. In 2004, she came to Penn State University to serve as Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center. Previously, Jenkins worked at the University of Maryland College Park as Assistant Director of the Nyumburu Cultural Center. She also served as a Program Manager within the Institute for Urban and Minority Education conducting research assessment and creating mentoring outreach programs to local K-12 schools. Two of her former community outreach programs received honors from the President of the United States and the Governor of Maryland. Dr. Jenkins past professional experience as a student affairs staff member with Semester at Sea as well as her individual research projects and studies have taken her to over 25 countries. Committed to innovative teaching and engaged pedagogy, Jenkins creates classroom spaces in which theory, arts, cultural engagement, community outreach, and global education intersect. One of her courses, "Cultural Leadership" was recognized by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators as an Excellence Award Honoree for its work in engaging students with local, regional, and global communities.
In 2011, Jenkins was awarded a competitive Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the American Association of University Women. Her upcoming research project will examine the dynamics of community based cultural settings and explore the insights that such nontraditional settings can provide to educators who are seeking to transform educational environments and settings.
Jenkins earned her Bachelors Degree in Public Relations/Communications from the University of South Carolina; a Masters of Education in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park; and a PhD in Education Theory & Policy/Social Foundations from Penn State University.


2015 Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University College of Education
Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development
Present Faculty Member, George Mason University

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Toby S. Jenkins, PhD
Assistant Professor
New Century College & Higher Education
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
George Mason University
Phone: 703-993-5243
Fax: 703-993-2307
4400 University Dr, MS 1B3
Fairfax, VA 22030
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Critical Perspectives on Culture (6)

Cultural Diversity & Higher Education (8)

Opinion Articles (4)