Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment
Associate Professor of Criminology
Sanford Hall - Room 112
Dr. Catherine A. Jenks received her Ph.D. in Criminology from The Florida State University in 2006. She is an Associate Professor of Criminology and the Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment at UWG. Dr. Jenks also serves as the SACSCOC accreditation liaison for the institution. Prior to her current role, she co-founded and served as the Director of the Survey Research Center (now part of the UWG Center for Research) from 2007-2013. She is a Quality Matters certified instructor, and her teaching and research interests include law and society, therapeutic jurisprudence, civility, perceptions of justice, survey research, and criminology and criminal justice education. Dr. Jenks served as co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation funded research project designed to identify specific issues in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women faculty in STEM and STEM related disciplines. Prior to joining the faculty at UWG, she worked as a survey coordinator in the Survey Research Group at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. She was the recipient of the University of West Georgia's College of Arts and Sciences' Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009.
- B.A., Government, University of Texas at Austin, 1994
- M.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Texas at Arlington, 1997
- Ph.D., Criminology, Florida State University, 2006
Matthews, T., L. M. Johnson, and C. A. Jenks. (2015). Does religious involvement generate or inhibit fear of crime? (Reprint) In K.R. Kerley (Ed.) Current Studies in the Sociology of Religion. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI.
Jenks, Catherine A. and John Randolph Fuller. 2013. "Civility in prisons: A radical proposal." In D. Polizzi, M. Braswell, & M. Draper (Eds.) Transforming Corrections (2nd Ed.). Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press. [View Publication]
Jenks, Catherine A. 2013. "Interview of Judge Winston P. Bethel, Retired, Chief Magistrate Judge." In D. K. Das and C. Roberson (Eds.) Trends in the Judiciary: Interviews with Judges Across the Globe. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. [View Publication]
Matthews, Todd, L. Michael Johnson, and Catherine A. Jenks. 2011. Does religious involvement generate or inhibit fear of crime? Religions 2(4), 485-503. [View Publication]
Jenks, David, J. Scott Carter and Catherine A. Jenks. 2007. Command staff leadership training and job commitment in the LAPD. Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice 4(2),106-119. [View Publication]
Jenks, David, J. Scott Carter, Catherine A. Jenks, and Mark Correia. 2006. An evaluation of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Point Leadership Program. Professional Issues in Criminal Justice 1(2), 55-70. [View Publication]
Jenks, David and Catherine A. Jenks. 2004. Cesar Chavez, where are you now? The marginalization and victimization of Hispanic immigrants in Southern California. In C.T.M. Coston, (Ed.) Victimizing Vulnerable Groups. New York: Praeger. [View Publication]
Grant Funded Research
Recipient of the following research grants: (1) 2013 National Science Foundation -- ADVANCE IT- Catalyst Multi-year study assessing the factors that relate to the lack of women faculty in leadership and senior positions in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, social research disciplines at the University of West Georgia. Principal Investigators: Arlene Horne, Jane McCandless, Diane Hoff, Catherine Jenks, Todd Matthews. Proposal 1209163. Funded: $95,926 in year one and $79,939 in year two.; (2) 2009-2013 University of West Georgia Office of Institutional Advancement UWG Branding Project. Multi-year study of the awareness of the University of West Georgia. Internally funded: $35,000 in year one, $25,000 in year two, and $35,000 in year three.; (3) 2007 University of West Georgia College of Arts and Sciences -- End of Year Funds Competitive Grant. Co-Authored with N. Jane McCandless. Awarded $15,000 to purchase software and related peripherals for computer assisted telephone interviewing used to establish the Survey Research Center at UWG; and, (4) 2007 National Institute on Drug Abuse -- Substance Abuse, Criminal Justice and HIV in African Americans Concept Paper Competition. “Offender Race and Equitable Treatment in the Drug Treatment Court Waiver Process: An Evaluation of Georgia Drug Treatment Courts.” Sole authored, peer reviewed concept paper accepted. Awarded fully funded trip to Washington D.C. to present paper to NIDA officials and recent grant recipients. Estimated value: $2,000.
Leadership in Community Service
Boy Scout Troop 2424 - Committee Member, Fairfield Plantation, Villa Rica, GA (2017 - present)
Girl Scout Troop 11432 - Assistant Troop Leader, Fairfield Plantation, Villa Rica, GA (2015 - 2017)
Cub Scout Pack 3030 - Committee Member, Fairfield Plantation, Villa Rica, GA (2015-2017)
Parent Teacher Volunteer Organization (PTVO) Executive Board - Kindergarten Representative, Carrollton Elementary School (2012)
Alpha Chi Omega Foundation - Scholarships Committee (2007-2011)