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Jeff Jenkins


Head shot of Jeff JenkinsTitle: Director, the Mader Learning Center

Jeff Jenkins is the director of The Mader Learning Center at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, which assists students in mastering fundamental and advanced reading and writing skills, and provides special programs for students whose second language is English.

Jeff earned a BA from Murray State University in organizational communication, an MA from Murray State University in TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, an MA from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Catholic Thought and Life, and a Certificate in Catholic Social Teaching from the Catholic University of America.

Jeff is a certified trainer in the Compton method of Pronouncing English as a Second Language and a certified facilitator of Cultural Detective®, a dynamic series of tools for building cross-cultural competence.

In addition to his work in The Mader Learning Center, where he developed the curriculum for English as a Second Language (ESL) for international seminarians, he has extensive experience teaching ESL, having held various positions at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, as well as at privately owned companies in Louisville, KY; Nashville, TN; and Toyota, Japan. He has also worked in various Catholic ministry settings, including youth and college campus ministry.

Jeff provides accent acquisition training within the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates' World Priest Program, as well as individualized accent acquisition training online. He has developed and delivered workshop presentations for dioceses on the topic of culture, language and ministry. He is a member of TESOL, Inc., and the National Association of Lay Ministers. He is conversant in Spanish and basic Japanese.

Topic of Presentation: Standardized North American Accent Acquisition; Improving the Effectiveness of Your Parish Communication; American Language and Culture for Ministry

Programs: World Priest Program; Accent Acquisition Training; Diocesan Workshops: American Language and Culture for Priestly Ministry; The Seasoned Pastor