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Division of Kinesiology and Health

College of Health Sciences

Jayne Jenkins, Ph.D., Professor, Division of Kinesiology and Health.Jayne Jenkins, Ph.D.


Physical Education / Teacher Education

(307) 766-3662

Corbett Building, room 114A

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Wyoming has been home (primarily) since 1977 when I moved in Sheridan, Wyoming to teach elementary physical and health education. This followed a six-year stint of teaching junior high girls physical and health education in Jackson, Minnesota. The move constituted the change from being a Minnesota Golden Gopher to a Wyoming Cowboy/Cowgirl. Physical Education has been my career for 40 years and I still find it as exciting as ever. I have taught kindergartners through university graduate level students and love teaching at all levels. After attaining the M.S. degree at the University of Wyoming I went on to attain the Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. My husband, Bill Gorman, and I returned to the Cowboy State in 1999 where I have been employed as a Professor, and Bill runs an engineering firm. We enjoy bicycling, skiing, and attending as many University of Wyoming athletic and cultural events as possible. 


Ph.D. Exercise and Sport Science Specialization: Teaching and Teacher Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1999)

M.S. Physical Education, University of Wyoming (1995)

B.S. Physical and Health Education, University of Minnesota at Mankato (1971) 


Dr. Jenkins' research interests revolve around curriculum and instruction. Investigations include pre-service teacher development (e.g., pedagogical content knowledge) particularly in terms of observation and peer coaching as well as curriculum design, development, models, and instructional models. 


  • KIN 2003 Movement Core IV: Educational Games and Gymnastics
  • KIN 3011 Teaching Methods in Physical Education
  • KIN 3015 Teaching Laboratory II
  • KIN 4013 School Administration for the Health Sciences
  • KIN 4099 Student Teaching in Physical Education
  • KIN 5012 Curriculum Design in Physical Education
  • KIN 5016 Analysis & Supervision of Teaching Physical Education 


  • 2016 College of Health Sciences: Meritorious Service Award
  • 2011 Induction into the Hall of Fame - Wyoming Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, November 3 Cheyenne, WY
  • 2009-11 Honorary Professorship Hong Kong Institute of Education – Honorary Associate Professor Department of Health and Physical Education 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2011.
  • 2009 Research Consortium Fellow - American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance
  • 2007 Wyoming Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Honor Award
  • 2006 John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award, University of Wyoming. 



Reynolds, C, Benham-Deal, T, Jenkins, J., & Wilson, M., (2018). Exergaming” Comparison of on-game and off-game physical activity in elementary physical education. The Physical Educator, 75(1), 64-76.

Hebert, E., Wood, R, Jenkins, J., & Robison, C. (2017). Internship management, placement, and on-site visits. Kinesiology Review, 6, 394-401. Doi.org10.1123/kr.2017-0042 (Corresponding & lead author).

Curry, J., Jenkins, J. M., Weatherford, J., (2015). Focus on freshmen:  Basic instruction programs enhancing physical activity. The Physical Educator. 72, 621-639.

Ingersoll, C., Jenkins, J. M., & Lux, K. (2014). Knowledge Development in Early Field Teaching Experiences. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education. 33, 363-382.

Kelting, T., Jenkins, J. M., & Lux Gaudreault, K. (2014). I could really focus on the students. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 85(8), 32-37.

Ingersoll, C., Lux Gaudreault, K., &  Jenkins, J. M. (2014). There is no lack of people to go to for support: Policy, Community, and individual influences on one pre-service teacher’s knowledge development. Global Journal of Health and Physical Education Pedagogy. 3(1), 37-53.

Jenkins, J. M. (2014). Pre-service Teacher Observations of Experienced Teachers. The Physical Educator. 71(2), 302-318.

Jenkins, J. M. & Alderman, B. L. (2011). Influence of sport education on group cohesion in university physical education. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 30(214-230).

Garn, Alex C., Cothran, Donetta .J., & Jenkins, Jayne M. (2011). A qualitative analysis of individual interest in middle school physical education: Perspectives of early-adolescents. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 16:3, 223-236.

Jenkins, J. M., & Haefner, J. A. (2011).  Task progression in early field teaching experiences. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 82(1), 45-48.

Benham-Deal, T.B., Jenkins, J. M., Deal, L.O., Byra, A. (2010). The impact of professional development to infuse health and reading in elementary schools. American Journal of Health Education, 41, 155-166.

Alderman, B. L., Benham-Deal, T. B., & Jenkins, J. M. (2010). Change in parental influence on children’s physical activity over time. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 7, 60-67.

Kimball, J., Jenkins, J. M., & Wallhead, T. (2010). Influence of high school physical education on university students’ physical activity. European Physical Education Review, 15(2) 249-267.

Cusimano, B., Goc Carp, G., Jenkins, J. M., & Martin, L. - with NASPE/COPETE (2009). Physical Education Internship Resource Center.  


Kelting, T., Jenkins, J. M., & Lux, K (April, 2014). Seeing is Believing: Clinical Supervision. Poster presentation to National AAHPERD Conference. St. Louis, MO.

Jenkins, J. M., & Curry, J. (April 2013). Investigations of BIP With Freshmen University Students. Paper presented as part of the College & University Wellness & Instructional Physical Activity Conference affiliated with National AAHPERD Conference. Charlotte, NC.

Ingersoll, C., Jenkins, J. M., & Lux, K (April 2013). Policy, Community, and Individual Influences on Teacher Knowledge Development. Poster accepted to National AAHPERD Conference. Charlotte, NC.

Rukavina, P. B., Gibbone, A., Greenleaf, C., Langdon, J., Jenkins, J., Portman, P., & Ransdell, L. (April 2013). Achievement Goals and Diversity Attitudes in Physical Education Pre-service Teachers. Poster accepted to National AAHPERD Conference. Charlotte, NC.

Curry, J., Jenkins, J. M., & Lux, K. (October, 2012). Focus on Freshman: Basic Instruction Programs to Enhance PA. Poster presented at the National Physical Education Teacher Education Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Jenkins, J. M. (April 12, 2012). Maintaining Exercise Through a Life Transition. College of Health Sciences 18th Annual Research Day. University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY. Invited oral presentation.

Ingersoll, C., Jenkins, J. M., & Lux, K. (April, 2012). Pre-Service Teacher Knowledge Development in an Early Field Experience. Poster presented at the annual National AAHPERD Conference, Boston, MA. (*This AAHPERD conference was not held in complete format due to an electrical outage in downtown Boston; therefore, this poster was not presented at this conference)

Jenkins, J. M. (June, 2011). Curriculum in the Early Physical Education Teaching Career. Presented at the annual Association Internationale Des Ecoles Superieures D’Education Physique (AIESEP) International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education, Limerick, Ireland.

Jenkins, J. M. (April, 2011). Pre-service Teacher Observations of Novice & Master Teachers. Presentation at the annual National AAHPERD Conference, San Diego, CA.


McLaughlin, D., with Jenkins, J. (2013). Successfully teaching elementary physical education: North Carolina edition. Durham, NC: Great Activities Publishing Co.


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