I have been working with BioQUEST since 2007, and have been the director since 2011.  At BioQUEST, I develop and deliver professional development programs for high school, 2 year, 4 year and future college faculty.  I am involved with a number of BioQUEST projects that reflect my educational interests including the partnership with the QUBES project, which focuses on enhancing quantitative biology undergraduate education, and Opening the Pathways to Technician Careers, which is part of the Universal Design for Learning programming at BioQUEST.  I also have several projects around evolution education including another Universal Design for Learning project making tree thinking activities accessible to all students including visually impaired students, and the development of an assessment tool for basic tree thinking skills.



Ph.D. University of Arizona, Molecular and Cellular Biology  1996

B.A. University of California, San Diego, Biochemistry and Cell Biology         1988

LaTrobe University, Melbourne Australia  1985-86



2011 – present Executive Director of BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium

2017, 2018, 2019 – Adjunct Professor of Biology, Montgomery College

2012 – 2014 Director, Pre-Faculty Development Program, University of Wisconsin Institute for Biology Education

2010 Consultant Horizon Research, Inc.

2009 – 2012 Honorary Associate/Fellow, University of Wisconsin Institute for Biology Education

2009 – 2012 co-Director, Cyberlearning at Community Colleges C3 Project, BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium

2005 – 2012 Education and Outreach Program Specialist at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)

2004-2005 Science Curriculum Developer, BSCS, Colorado Springs, CO

2003-2005 Biotechnology Education Specialist, BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute, Madison, WI

2000- 2003 Director, Concord College McNair Program, Concord College, Athens, WV

2000-2002, Adjunct Professor, Chemistry and Biology Depts., Concord College, Athens, WV

1997-1999 Biology Instructor, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology

1996-1997 Research Scientist, CropTech Development Corporation


 Sample professional development workshops

2010-present BioQUEST Summer Workshop (eg Evolution of Data Science) Co-organizer of annual week long workshop for two and four year faculty

2013, 2015 Actively Learning Evolution (https://www.eseb2013.com/workshop1) Co-organizer of a workshop for K-16 educators at the European Society for Evolutionary Biology congress

2013 Avoiding Extinction in the Classroom (http://www.evolutionmeeting.org/workshop2013.html) Co-organizer of this workshop for current and future undergraduate faculty at the Evolution meetings

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Evo101: A workshop for K-12 Educators (http://www.evolutionmeeting.org/workshop_k-12_2013.html) Co-organizer of this annual outreach event at the Evolution meetings

2009-2012 Cyberlearning at Community Colleges: Workshops for two year faculty at the National Association of Biology Teachers and Human Anatomy and Physiology meetings

2009-2012 Summer Workshops for K-12 teachers (http://www.nescent.org/courses/2011/eogsummer.php) Co-organizer of 3-5 day workshops

2006-2012 Evolution Symposium (http://www.nescent.org/media/NABT.php) Co-organizer of this annual event for high school, community college and four year faculty at the National Association of Biology Teachers

Educational Materials

NIH Office of Science Education Module: Science of Healthy Behaviors (https://science.education.nih.gov/customers.nsf/MSHealthy.htm)

Evolution in the News podcast series (http://www.nescent.org/eog/podcasts.php)


Courses Taught

University of Wisconsin, Madison:

  • Bio101: Introductory Biology for Non-majors
  • Teaching Evolution – A seminar for faculty, staff, graduate students and post-docs focusing on sound pedagogical approaches to teaching evolution
  • Instructional Materials Design: Evolution – A course for teams of faculty and graduate students interested in developing course materials for specific classes
  • Teaching Biology – A course on evidence based pedagogy for graduate students and post-docs in the Teaching Fellows program
  • Scientific Teaching – A course to support new graduate student TAs with a learning community and discussions of effective pedagogies
  • Bio100: Exploring Biology – Course developer for this large lecture freshman seminar taught by the Teaching Fellows
  • Secrets of Science – Course developer for this discussion based course taught by the Teaching Fellows
  • Peer Mentoring Training – A leadership course for peer mentors associated with the Bio100 course

Concord College:

  • Introductory Biology 101 and 102 – Lecture and lab
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Research Techniques
  • Biophysical Techniques
  • Chromatographic Techniques

Southwest Virginia Governor’s School: High School Biology


Synergistic Activities

2015 -present EvoKE (Evolution Knowledge for Everyone): funded by the European Society for the Study of Evolution

2015-present B2 Scholars Program Leader/Developer (https://qubeshub.org/groups/b2scholars2015)

2014-present Co-PI Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education project (QUBESHub.org)

2014-present Participant in the Faculty Developer Network for Undergraduate Biology Education (https://sites.google.com/a/udel.edu/fdn-ube/home)

2011- Organization Committee for the National Academies Convocation “Thinking Evolutionarily” (http://nas-sites.org/thinkingevolutionarily/)

2010 – 2012 DryadLab Project: Working with the Dryad Data Repository (http://datadryad.org/), BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium, and Understanding Evolution to develop and populate DryadLab, the educational component of the Dryad Repository with data based, quantitative educational activities.

2009 – 2012 Chair of the Outreach Committee for the University of Wisconsin J.F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution: organizing various public outreach events and teacher workshops, and a seminar series on teaching evolution for students, staff and faculty.

2009/2011 Guest Editor for Evolution: Education and Outreach. Guest editor for 2009 special edition on curriculum, and guest editor with Michael Antolin in 2011 special edition on evolutionary medicine

2011- 2012 Co-organizer of the NESCent Catalysis meeting “Communicating Science Across the Culture Wars” addressing the issues of media coverage of politically charged scientific topics such as evolution and climate change

2010 Co-organizer of the NESCent “e2bio” catalysis meeting on electronic textbooks.

2006/2007/2009/2010/2011 Participant in the SELECTION, TREE, Evolution Across the Curriculum, and Communicating Human Evolution working groups at NESCent. SELECTION was organized by BioQUEST to develop evolutionary biology problem spaces for undergraduate students using data from research projects. TREE focused on issues around teaching and learning phylogenetics. Evolution Across the Curriculum promoted the use of evolution as a unifying concept for teaching evolution. Communicating Human Evolution developed a number of initiatives to increase interest in and understanding of evolution using a human context.

2007 – 2012 Coordinated the CCLI funded assessment of the Evolution in the News project

Relevant Publications

Karpakakunjaram, V. and Jenkins, K.P. (2019). I was told there would be no math involved. American Biology Teacher Vol 81(7): 465, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.7.465 (ABT8107_01_Guest Commentary )

Donovan, S. S., Eaton, C. D., Jenkins, K., LaMar, D., Wojdak, J. M., Hamerlinck, G., Fleming-Davies, A., Orndorf, H. (2017). QUBES: Building a community to promote undergraduate quantitative biology education. QUBES Educational Resources. doi:10.25334/Q44T0V

Jenkins, K.P, Antolin, M.F. (2011) Evolution and Medicine. Evolution: Education and Outreach Vol4 (4): 556-558. DOI 10.1007/s12052-011-0375-9

Antolin, M.F., Jenkins, K.P., Bergstrom, C.T., Crespi, B.J., De, S., Moreno-Estrada, A., Hancock, A., Hanley, K.A., Meagher, T.R., Nesse, R.M., Ommen, G.S., Stearns, S.C. (2011). Evolution and Medicine in Undergraduate Education: A Prescription for All Biology Students. Evolution. Online First. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01552.x

Sidlauskas, B., G. Ganapathy, E. Hazkani-Covo, K. P. Jenkins, H. Lapp, L. W. McCall, S. Price, R. Scherle, P. A. Spaeth, and D. M. Kidd. (2010) Linking big: The continuing promise of evolutionary synthesis. Evolution 64(4):871-880. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00892.x (http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/122678930/abstract)

Jenkins, K.P. (2009) Evolution in Biology Education: Sparking Imaginations and Supporting Learning. Evolution: Education and Outreach Vol2(3):347-348 doi 10.1007/s12052-009-0158-8

Hood, E. and Jenkins, K.P. (2008) Evolutionary Medicine: A powerful tool for improving human health. Evolution: Education and Outreach Vol 1 (2):114-120

Jenkins, K.P. (2003) Mentoring the Mentor. Equality, February

Community Leadership and Service

2014 – 2017 AAAS Electorate Nominating Committee for the Section on Education

2013 – 2016 Board of Advisors, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)

2009 – present Editorial Board, Evolution: Education and Outreach

2009-2011 Planning committee for the Outreach section of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)

2006 – present Society of the Study of Evolution (SSE) Education Committee, currently co-chair

Grants and Funding Received

2018 NSF Advanced Technician Education: Opening the Pathway to Technician Careers

2014 NSF IdeasLab IUSE “QUBES: Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education”

2014 ESEB Outreach Grant “Evolution Education with Feeling!”

2009 NSF CCLI “Show Me the Evolution! Assessing Effectiveness of a New Teaching Resources

2001 Concord College Title III institutional funds for the Biotechniques Training Lab

2000 “Concord College Biotechniques Training Laboratory” West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR) grant for equipment.

1999-2003 “Concord College Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program” Renewed for 2004-2008.

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