The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Kevin Jenkins

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Postdoctoral Scholar of Art Education
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30B Borland
Dr. Kevin Jenkins is a Postdoctoral Scholar of Art Education. He earned his Ph.D. (2018) at the University of North Texas, where he received the university-wide 2019 Toulouse Dissertation Award, in the Social Sciences category, for his doctoral dissertation titled Dis/appearance, In/visibility and the Transitioning Body: A Post-Qualitative & Multimodal Inquiry. He is an artivist, vlogger, and educator of trans experience. His research specializations are transgender theory and subjectivities, visual culture, contemporary art, post-qualitative inquiry, and emergent technologies. His work has been presented and published nationally and internationally, including in the journals Visual Arts Research, Visual Culture & Gender, and the International Journal of Education through Art as well as chapters in edited books Pedagogies in the Flesh: Case Studies on the Embodiment of Sociocultural Differences in Education and the forthcoming Women's Caucus Lobby Activism: Feminism + Art. He has extensive experience teaching art to underserved populations the past 12 years at community colleges in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where he utilized art museums and gallery spaces as "immersive textbooks" in his courses and created openings for adult students with diverse backgrounds and limited prior exposure to art find connections and build relationships with the artworks, art-making techniques, artists, and art institutions in their communities and beyond. Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. Jenkins also taught courses in global aesthetics and in art education technology theory and applications to upper-level undergraduate preservice art educators and in-service Masters students in art education at the University of North Texas. Dr. Jenkins is also a member of the Penn State Safer People Safer Places Network and is available to listen and support you in a safe and private manner. As a network member, he can help you connect with resources on campus to address problems you may face that interfere with your academic and social success on campus as it relates to issues surrounding sexual and gender diversity. Dr. Jenkins’ goal is to help you be successful and to maintain a safe and equitable campus.