Keith Jenkins

Keith Jenkins

7048 Eastman Hall

Since joining the Department of Communication at RIT in 1992, Professor  Jenkins, in addition to his current role as Vice President & Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, has also served as RIT Faculty-in-Residence (1993 – 1995), RIT’s first Assistant Provost for Diversity (1999 – 2002),  Director of Undergraduate Degree Programs in the School of Communication (2011 – 2016), and Interim Vice President and Associate Provost, Divison for Diversity & Inclusion (2016 - 2017).

Professor Jenkins is the recipient of many awards. Among the RIT awards are the 2010 Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, the 2005 Isaac L. Jordan Pluralism Award, the 2004 RIT Diversity Trailblazer Award, the 1993-94 Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the 1996 and 1997 Higher Education Opportunity Program “Community Professor” awards which recognize a professor who has made a difference in the lives of HEOP students at RIT, and NTID’s (National Technical Institute for the Deaf) 1995 Pluralism Award.

Professor Jenkins’ scholarly publications and presentations center around studies in intercultural communication, political and visual rhetoric, and the rhetoric of gospel song. Most recently, the focus of his research has been on pragmatism and the rhetoric of inclusion in Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign.

BA, University of Arkansas; MA, Ph.D., Florida State University

Wick, D. P. and K. B. Jenkins (2018).  "Shaping an Institutional Narrative Around Diversity".  INSIGHT Into Diversity.  Volume 90, No. 6, 20-21. 

Jenkins, K. B. (2015). [Review of the book Studies of Communication in the 2012 Presidential Campaign, edited by Robert E. Denton, Jr. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. 239
pages]. Presidential Studies Quarterly. Volume 45, Issue 4, 812–814. DOI: 10.1111/psq.12231.

The Home Going Service of Whitney Houston: A Dynamic Spectacle that Invited America and the World to Church. Presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, held April 24 – 28, 2013 at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Jenkins, K. B. and G. Cos (2010).  "A Time for Change and A Candidate’s Voice: Pragmatism and the Rhetoric of Inclusion in Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign". American Behavioral Scientist. 5(3): 184-202.

“Small Group Branding: A Visual Identity”, presented with Dr. David Neumann at the William A. Kern Conference, Visual Communication: Rhetorics & Technology IV, held April 10 – 13, 2008 at the Strathallan Hotel, Rochester, NY.

“Transforming the World: Examining the Visual Rhetoric of Gordon Parks Through Half Past Autumn.” National Communication Association 93rd Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; November 17, 2007.

Activity-Based Learning in the Small Group Communication Classroom; Short Course Presentation; National Communication Association Convention; Chicago, IL; November 5, 1999.

The Rhetoric of Men: A Comparative Analysis of the Rhetoric of the Million Man March and The Promise Keepers’ “Stand in the Gap” March; 89th Annual Conference; Saratoga, NY ; April 23 - 26, 1998

Jenkins, Keith B. (1990). The Rhetoric of Gospel Song: A Content Analysis of the Lyrics of Andrae Crouch. A dissertation submitted to the Department of Communication in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Tallahassee: The Florida State University Music Library.