Jenkins appointed assistant vice president for Graduate and Professional Studies
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University President Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II, has announced the appointment of Dr. Shantelle K. Jenkins as the Assistant Vice President for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.
In her new role, Jenkins will work in collaboration with Academic Affairs, external review authorities, and accreditation bodies to develop new programs and ensure that existing programs are consistent with university mission, vision, and values. She will also serve on the President’s Advisory Council and the Nontraditional Academic Council.
“I am particularly happy that Dr. Shantelle Jenkins is joining our GPS team,” said Spaulding. “She brings a wealth of experience and training to the field of adult studies. I am looking forward to working with her on the President’s Advisory Council.”
A strong advocate for students and faculty development, particularly the inclusion and success of students and faculty from historically underrepresented groups, Jenkins has over two decades of experience in education.
Prior to joining MVNU, Dr. Jenkins was the director of assessment at Eastern University and most recently, an instructor in the Educational Policy and Leadership department at Cabrini University. She began her career in education as a research assistant for the Ohio Department of Education and spent 12 years in community college administration.
Dr. Jenkins is a faculty lead collaborator for an Academic Think Tank and has guest lectured on topics related to inclusive pedagogy, women in leadership, and student learning assessment. She has presented at both national and international conferences. Jenkins has held leadership roles in several organizations, including peer-reviewer for Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (KDP) and the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL), moderator for the National Diversity Council, scholarship juror for The Ohio State University, and sig leader for the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE).
“Dr. Shantelle Jenkins’s experience and depth of knowledge positions her well for success here at MVNU. She has a proven track record of success that I already sense is due to her faith, energetic optimism, and professionalism. We are excited to welcome her to a growing and exciting work culture,” said Eric Stetler, VP and Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.
Dr. Jenkins holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs journalism from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in education from Saint Joseph’s University, a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as a certificate in non-profit management from Bryn Mawr College.
“I am thrilled to join the GPS team. The culture at MVNU aligns with my values and I am eager to serve alongside staff and faculty committed to excellence,” said Jenkins. “I welcome the opportunity to shape lives by developing innovative new programs through education of the whole person while cultivating Christ-likeness for lifelong service.”
For more information on adult programs, visit mvnu.edu/gps.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education both in-seat and online to more than 2,100 students from 42 states and 9 foreign countries.
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