Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment
Associate Professor of Criminology
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 COSS 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.
Education / Degrees
- 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