UMass Dartmouth political science professor wins Manning Award

SHANNON JENKINS, a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth professor, was recently given a 2019 Manning Prize for her dedication to her students and the university. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY Of MASSACHUSETTS
SHANNON JENKINS, a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth professor, was recently given a 2019 Manning Prize for her dedication to her students and the university. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY Of MASSACHUSETTS

DARTMOUTH – A University of Massachusetts Dartmouth professor was one of five UMass faculty members awarded the 2019 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Shannon Jenkins, a political science professor at UMass Dartmouth, received the prize for exemplary dedication to students and the university, UMass said. The other Manning Prizes went to faculty members at other UMass campuses.

Jenkins has been a professor since 2004 and has served as chairwoman of the political science department for 2012 to 2018. She serves as the academic director of online learning.

Jenkins’ primary research focuses on decision-making in state legislatures, particularly the role of political organizations and gender in shaping outputs in these institutions. Jenkins has also researched the effect of engaged learning pedagogies on college students’ political interest and engagement.

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She is the author or co-author of three books and has received two Fulbright Awards, one in China in 2012 and one in Japan in 2019.

UMass Lowell alumni Rob and Donna Manning established the Manning Prize in 2016 to honor UMass professors who excel in teaching and service. Manning is chairman and co-CEO of MFS Investment Management and chairs the UMass board of trustees.

“These incredible faculty members work tirelessly to ensure that UMass students receive a world-class education,” said Rob Manning, a 1984 graduate of UMass Lowell. “Donna and I know from our own experience the power that faculty have to transform their students’ lives, and we’re proud to be able to honor that aspect of their work with this prize.”