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J. Kevin Jenkins

Associate Professor of Education

J. Kevin Jenkins


B.A., Mercer University, 1989; M.Ed., Ed.S., Ed.D., University of Georgia, 1996, 1997.


Dr. J. Kevin Jenkins is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Mercer University, currently serving as Chair of the Tift College of Education Faculty Executive Committee and on the Executive Committee to the Mercer University House of Delegates.  He teaches courses in education law and ethics, as well as general leadership classes.  In addition to higher education, Dr. Jenkins has over a decade of experience in k-12 schools as a Spanish teacher and school administrator.  He earned his doctorate from the University of Georgia, where he studied affirmative action and equal protection law in public schools.  His scholarly publications have focused primarily on the Equal Protection Clause in the contexts of personnel and of higher education admissions processes.  He has authored numerous publications in scholarly journals such as West’s Education Law Reporter and the BYU Journal of Education & Law.  His work has been cited by other authors in prestigious scholarly publications, including the William & Mary Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, and in amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.


J. Kevin Jenkins & Dia Sekayi, Teacher Perceptions of Response to Intervention Implementation in Light of IDEA Goals, Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, Feb. 2014

J. Kevin Jenkins & Pamela Larde (2013), BAMN! The 6th Circuit Strikes Down Michigan’s Proposal 2, B.Y.U.  Education & Law Journal, 2013, 253-280

Scott Frandsen & J. Kevin Jenkins (2011), Are Strip Searches Stripping Administrators of Qualified Immunity? West’s Education Law Reporter, 263, 461-476

J. Kevin Jenkins & Anthony Harris (2009), Legal Issues Regarding the Consideration of Race in Education Personnel Decisions, Education Law Reporter, 244, 499-513

J. Kevin Jenkins & Michelle Bowman (2008), Fights, Zero-Tolerance, and Students’ Rights to Self Defense. Education Law Reporter, 230, 127-138

J. Kevin Jenkins, Loyd Allen, & Penny Lorraine Elkins, (Jan-Mar 2008) The Effects of Control of Policy Making Boards on Religious-affiliated Colleges: The Experiences of Two Baptist Institutions Christian Higher Education, 7, 23-43

J. Kevin Jenkins, (2006) An Update on Race-based Student Assignments in k-12 Public Schools.  Education Law Reporter, 210, 1-21

J. Kevin Jenkins. (2005) Are Federal Courts Comfort-able with the Diversity Rationale in K-12 Public Schools?  Education Law Reporter.  198, 21-35

J. Kevin Jenkins. (2004) Grutter, Diversity, and Public K-12 Schools.  Education Law Reporter. 182, 353-370

J. Kevin Jenkins & John Dayton.  (2003). Students, Weapons, and Due Process: An Analysis of Zero Tolerance Policies in Public Schools.  Education Law Reporter. 171, 13-33

J. Kevin Jenkins, (2002). Equal Access to Public School Facilities by Religious and Other Non-Curricular Groups, Education Law Reporter. 170, 439-457.

J. Kevin Jenkins.  (2002). Noncurricular Use of School Facilities: Legal Issues to Consider.  School Business Affairs, 68, 44-47.

J. Kevin Jenkins, (2000). School System Obligations Regarding Student-on-Student Sexual Harassment Under Title IX: An Analysis of Davis v. Monroe. Education Law Reporter, 145, 849-863.

J. Kevin Jenkins, (2000). Recent Judicial Decisions Regarding the Permissibility of Race-Based Personnel Decisions in the Public School Context, Education Law Reporter, 141, 1-16.

Laura Neely & J. Kevin Jenkins (2013) invited Book Chapter for Professor Mike Richardson, Department Chair, Southeast Louisiana State University, Social Networking Policies and the Law: a guide for compliance (under review)

J. Kevin Jenkins, (2008) Reflections on the Relationship of Teaching to Freedom, invited Book Chapter, in Jerry Worley, Margaret Morris, and Al Stramiello’s Sometimes I Did All I Could: authentic remembrances of teaching (Mercer University Press)

J. Kevin Jenkins & John Dayton. (2006) invited Book Chapter, Legal Issues in School Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction, in C. Kenneth Tanner & Jeffery A. Lackney’s Educational Facilities Planning: Leadership, Architecture, and Management (Allyn & Bacon)

J. Kevin Jenkins (2003).  A Critical Analysis of the No Child Left Behind Act.  Paper presented at the Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference, Decatur, GA.  Published in Democratic Responses in an Era of Standardization, Coia, Leslie, et al., ed. (2003).