Janet T. Jenkins

Professor, Computer Science

Janet T. Jenkins

Research Interests

Dr. Janet Truitt Jenkins has over 20 years of teaching computer science at the university level. Her love of teaching and helping students to tackle challenging problems is the driving force in her profession. She has advised as many as 60 computer science majors and works actively in research with colleagues across the campus. Dr. Jenkins serves on committee at multiple levels and serves as the Computer Science Program Coordinator. She also works as the ABET accreditation coordinator for Computer Science. In additional to teaching and mentoring students, research, and service to the university, she has provided over 8 years of professional development training to K-12 teachers in using computer programming to explore mathematical concepts. This work of over $1.3 million was funded by the USDE-MSP. More recently, Dr. Jenkins and colleagues have been awarded an National Science Foundation grant, the total grant award including the research methodologist is over $1.3 million with $671,966 awarded to UNA. Dr. Jenkins is also the wife of Michael Jenkins and has four children, Graham, Hudson, Chapel, and Jude.

Courses Taught

CS310 Comp Org & Assembly Lang Prog Spring 2021
CS135 Computer Skills for Prob Solv Spring 2021
CS310 Comp Org & Assembly Lang Prog Fall 2020
CS135 Computer Skills for Prob Solv Fall 2020
CS310 Comp Org & Assembly Lang Prog Spring 2020
CS135 Computer Skills for Prob Solv Spring 2020
CS155 Computer Science I Fall 2019
CS135 Computer Skills for Prob Solv Fall 2019
CS355 Data Structures and Algorithms Fall 2019
CS135 Computer Skills for Prob Solv Summer 2019
CS155 Computer Science I Spring 2019
CS135 Computer Skills for Prob Solv Spring 2019
CS355 Data Structures and Algorithms Spring 2019
CS255 Computer Science II Fall 2018
CS135 Computer Skills for Prob Solv Fall 2018
CS355 Data Structures and Algorithms Fall 2018
CS155 Computer Science I Spring 2018
CS135 Computer Skills for Prob Solv Spring 2018
CS355 Data Structures and Algorithms Spring 2018
CS155 Computer Science I Fall 2017
CS255 Computer Science II Fall 2017
CS135 Computer Skills for Prob Solv Fall 2017
CS355 Data Structures and Algorithms Fall 2017
CS155 Computer Science I Spring 2017
CS135 Computer Skills for Prob Solv Spring 2017
CS155 Computer Science I Spring 2016
CS155 Computer Science I Spring 2016
CS315 Graphical User Interface Prog Spring 2016
CS490 Senior Seminar Spring 2016
CS135 Computer Skills for Prob Solv Fall 2015
CS355 Data Structures and Algorithms Fall 2015
CS410W Programming Languages Fall 2015
CS155 Computer Science I Spring 2015
CS155 Computer Science I Spring 2015
CS135 Computer Skills for Prob Solv Spring 2015
CS135 Computer Skills for Prob Solv Fall 2014
CS355 Data Structures and Algorithms Fall 2014
CS420 Operating Systems Fall 2014

Education

PhD The University of Alabama, 2008
MS The University of Alabama, 1999
Other University of North Alabama, 1997

Selected Intellectual Contributions

  • Blake, Ronald M. , Stenger, Cynthia L. , Stovall, Jessica E. , Jenkins, Janet T. , Truitt, Sherry. Attack of the Ice Aliens: A Transdisciplinary Physics Lesson. .
  • Zhang, Xihui. , Crabtree, John D.. , Terwilliger, Mark G.. , Jenkins, Janet T.. Teaching introductory programming from A to Z: Twenty-six tips from the trenches. v. 31 i. 2 p. 106-118.
  • Jackson, Jayson L. , Jenkins, Janet T. , Jerkins, James A. , Stenger, Cynthia L. , Terwilliger, Mark G. Exploring the Genetic Decomposition of Interior and Exterior Angles of Polygons with the Use of Computer Programming and GeoGebra. .
  • Jenkins, Janet Truitt. , Terwilliger, Mark G. Examining Strategies to Improve Student Success in CS1. .
  • Zhang, Xihui. , Crabtree, John D.. , Terwilliger, Mark G.. , Jenkins, Janet T.. Tips for Teaching Introductory Programming. .
  • Stenger, Cynthia L. , Jerkins, James A. , Stovall, Jessica E. , Jenkins, Janet T. An APOS Study on Undergraduates Understanding of Direct Variation: Mental Constructions and the Influence of Computer Programming. p. 61-73.
  • Stenger, Cynthia L. , Jerkins, James A. , Stovall, Jessica E. , Jenkins, Janet T. An APOS Study of Undergraduates' Understanding of Direct Variation: Mental Constructions and the Influence of Computer Programming. p. 61-73.
  • Terwilliger, Mark G. , Jenkins, J. Exploring the Relationship between Planning and Problem Solving with CS1 Students. .
  • Stenger, C L. , Stovall, J. , Jenkins, Janet T. , Jerkins, James A. , Jackson, Jay L. , Terwilliger, M. Using STEM Activities to Teach Generalization. .
  • Stenger, Cynthia L. , Jenkins, Janet T. , Jerkins, James A. , Stovall, Jessica E. An Explicit Method for Teaching Generalization to Pre-Service Teachers Using Computer Programming.. .
  • Stenger, Cynthia L. , Jenkins, Janet T. , Jerkins, James A. , Stovall, Jessica E. An Explicit Method for Teaching Generalization to Pre-Service Teachers Using Computer Programming.. .
  • Stenger, C. , Jerkins, James. , Stovall, J. , Jenkins, J T. Four Years of STEM Outreach by UNA Math and Computer Science departments. .
  • Jerkins, James. , Stenger, Cynthia. , Stovall, Jessica. , Jenkins, Janet T. Developing a CS/Math/STEM Outreach Ecosystem to Lubricate the Transition from High School to College. .
  • Jenkins, Janet T. , Jerkins, James A. , Stenger, Cynthia. , Stovall, Jessica. Using Computer Programming Activities to Teach Mathematical Reasoning. .
  • Stenger, Cynthia L. , Jerkins, James A. , Jenkins, Janet T. , Stovall, Jessica E. Using Computer Programming to teach Mathematical Generalization and Proof. .
  • Jerkins, James A. , Stenger, C. , Jenkins, J T. , Stovall, J. Conceptualizing Direct Variation Using Computer Programming Exercises. .
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  • Jerkins, James. , Stenger, Cynthia. , Jenkins, Janet. , Stovall, Jessica. Using Computer Programming to Teach Undergraduates Abstraction and Generalization. .
  • Jerkins, James A. , Stenger, Cynthia L. , Jenkins, Janet T. , Stovall, Jessica E. Using Computer Programming to Teach Undergraduates Abstraction and Generalization. v. 29 i. 3 p. 102--103.
  • Jerkins, James. , Stenger, Cynthia. , Stovall, Jessica. , Jenkins, Janet. Establishing the impact of a computer science/mathematics anti-symbiotic stereotype in CS students.. .
  • Jerkins, James A. , Stenger, Cynthia L. , Stovall, Jessica E. , Jenkins, Janet T. Establishing the Impact of a Computer Science/Mathematics Anti-symbiotic Stereotype in CS Students. v. 28 i. 5 p. 47--53.
  • Stenger, Cynthia. , Jerkins, James. , Jenkins, Janet. An instructional design using computer programming to improve mathematical reasoning.. .
  • Stenger, Cynthia. , Jenkins, Janet. , Jerkins, James. Using computational thinking to push students to acquire mathematical reasoning skills.. .
  • Cynthia, Stenger. , Jenkins, Janet. , Jerkins, James. , Stovall, Jessica. Using Computer Programming to Teach Mathematical Reasoning and Sense Making in the High School Classroom. .
  • Jenkins, Janet. , Jerkins, James. , Stenger, Cynthia. A plan for immediate immersion of computational thinking into the high school math classroom through a partnership with the Alabama math, science, and technology initiative.. .
  • Jenkins, Janet T. , Jerkins, James A. , Stenger, Cynthia L. A Plan for Immediate Immersion of Computational Thinking into the High School Math Classroom Through a Partnership with the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative. p. 148--152.
  • Jenkins, Janet. , Jerkins, James. , Stenger, Cynthia. , Stovall, Jessica. The influence of stereotypes of STEM majors in a problem-based curriculum investigation: Computer science vs. mathematics majors.. .
  • Jenkins, Janet T. Pragmatic security for constrained wireless networks. In Y. Xiao (Ed.). p. 69-86.

Selected Awards

  • Received College of Business Outstanding Service Award for 2020-2021 (2021)
    University of North Alabama College of Business
  • Received Academic Affairs Faculty Awards for Outstanding Service (2021)
    University of North Alabama Academic Affairs
  • Received Upsilon Pi Epsilon Teaching Award - University of Alabama Department of Computer Science (2002)
    Upsilon Pi Epsilon