Kim Jenkins

Associate Professor of Mathematics; Program Director, Fall/May Terms

Whether she’s teaching general education classes or Senior Seminar, Kimberly Jenkins wants her students to have a sense of wonder about their world, to always have questions that they are seeking to answer. Her favorite question is not “how” but “why.”

“I don’t care that you know how to calculate a confidence interval unless you also know where the interval came from and how to interpret it,” says Jenkins.

Further, “I expect my students to be able to explain themselves to me and to their fellow students. You don’t understand what you are studying unless you can explain it to someone else.”

Jenkins relishes the personal attention she can give her students in their quest for answers to all questions. “I love getting to know the students and seeing how proud they are of themselves when they accomplish things they didn’t feel they could. I love seeing how much the students mature and change in the four years we see them.”

She also enjoys teaching math in a liberal arts setting and watching math students go on to become doctors, teachers, psychologists, actuarial scientists, ministers, and more.

Math is beautiful on its own, and ‘pure mathematics’ is a fascinating field of study.

“At the foundation of mathematics is logic. Math can be applied to so many fields and seen in so many different areas. A liberal arts education allows students to use their quantitative reasoning skills in many areas. It also gives students insight into other ways of knowing beyond the scientific/quantitative reasoning methods.”

Academic History

Ph.D., Auburn University, 1997
M.A., Auburn University, 1993
B.S., Auburn University, 1991

Courses Taught at Transy

Elementary Statistics
Contemporary Mathematics
Calculus 1
Calculus 2
Calculus 3
Differential Equations
Linear Algebra
Mathematical Probability and Statistics
Senior Seminar
Abstract Algebra
Modern Geometry
Discrete Mathematics
Mathematician’s Toolkit
Coding Theory
Mathematics of Games and Gambling
Graph Theory
Design Theory
Introduction to Actuarial Science

Recent Publications

Another Doyen-Wilson Theorem, Ars combinatoria, 2000

G-designs of order n and index lambda where G has 5 vertices or less, Austrailasian Journal of Combinatorics, 1998

lambda-fold K_2,5 designs Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing, 2001

Edited Schaum’s Easy Outlines: Precalculus, McGraw Hill, 2002

Edited Schaum’s Easy Outlines: Linear Algebra, McGraw Hill, 2002

Areas of Specialization

Design theory

Professional Memberships

MAA (Mathematical Association of America)