Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:15
Assoc Prof David Jenkins
Assoc Prof David Jenkins

Glowing testimony from both current and former students led to Associate Professor David Jenkins’ recognition at the 2015 Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Research Awards.

In the category of Research Higher Degree (RHD) Supervision, the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences researcher had standout credentials.

His nomination painted a picture of a person not only prolific with his own studies, but with a knack for helping to expand the ambitions of those surrounding.

“Dr Jenkins’ primary interest is always to see his students achieve their fullest potential, but also for them to recognise this potential within themselves,” the nomination said.

“It is with this vision and altruistic support that he has been so successful in fostering highly distinguished and successful graduate students.

“He instils confidence in his students and steers them toward high-quality research outputs based on his extensive breadth and depth of experience.”

Dr Jenkins has been a leading researcher in the acute and chronic physiological responses to high intensity, intermittent exercise across widely varying populations.

School Director of RHD for more than a decade, he has been cited more than 2800 times from 140-plus publications in peer-reviewed papers, and also supervised in excess of 20 PhD students.

 “To have won this award - appreciating the commitment that all academics in this Faculty have to RHD supervision – is especially humbling,” Dr Jenkins said.

“Teaching, via undergraduate and RHD supervision, consistently remains the most rewarding component of my work.

“I am honoured to have been nominated and to have been successful, just as I have been lucky to have such bright, creative and students with which to work.”

Dr Jenkins was presented his award by Faculty Executive Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy on September 14.