Damian Jenkins, PhD

Adjunct Faculty


Damian Jenkins, PhD, is a life-long learner as evidenced by her recently-earned PhD in Education from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her dissertation was entitled The Making of a Researcher, Researcher in the Making. Prior to earning her PhD she earned a BA in English and a California State Teaching Credential in English from Pepperdine University, Seaver College.  After earning her BA and teaching credential, she completed a MA in American Studies also at Pepperdine University and a MA in Education from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Her graduate studies were supported in part by the KECK Foundation and the Green Scholarship for outstanding teachers and education researchers. Damian serves as an officer in the American Education Research Association. For the past three years, she has served as Chair of the Emerging Scholar Award, and regularly presents her research papers which focus on the social construction of learning among members of diverse classroom groups.

Damian has published her writing in Mind, Culture and Activity. She began her career at Malibu High School as a secondary teacher in the area of Language Arts at History. Most recently Damian worked as an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Pepperdine University, Seaver College. Supporting high quality opportunities for learning for students of all ages and all learning abilities is her life’s mission and greatest joy.