Catherine Jenks, Ph.D.

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 Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment at UWG. Dr. Jenks co-founded and served as the Director of the Survey Research Center, currently housed in the Department of Criminology, 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 the University of West Georgia, 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.