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Jankens, Benjamin

Associate Professor



Dr. Jankens is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership, and Higher Education at Central Michigan University (CMU). He also serves on the board of the Michigan Association of Professors of Educational Leadership and is the President for the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL). Before joining the faculty at CMU Dr. Jankens served as Assistant Director for the Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at CMU. Throughout Dr. Jankens’ career, he has held various roles in education, including teacher, principal, and superintendent. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Saginaw Valley State University, a master’s in education administration from CMU, and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Jankens is a fellow of the MAACA Community Arts Leadership Academy and the Skillman Distinguished Leadership Program and completed a school leadership program at Harvard University.

More about Benjamin Jankens

Petrik, S. & Jankens, B. (2022). Lean Six Sigma for education: A framework for school leaders (2nd Ed.). ICPEL Publishing ISBN 978-1-7923-9071-5

Jankens, B. (2022). The Effect of Charter School Management Companies on School Outcomes: A Closer Look at Michigan Charter Schools and their Operators. Education Leadership Review, 23(1), 305-324. ISSN: ISSN-1532-0723

Jankens, B. (2021). Charter School Authorizing: Understanding the Differences Among Authorizers and School Performance. Education Leadership Review, 22(1), 72-92. ISSN 1532-0723


2011, Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI; 2005, M.A., Education Administration, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI; 1999, B.F.A., Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI
  • ​School Reform & Charter Schools
  • School Culture and Climate
  • School Performance & Accountability
  • Charter schools and Authorizing
  • Principal Preparation​

Courses Taught

  • EDL 656: Public School Law
  • EDL 670: The Principalship
  • EDL 765: Organizational Change
  • EDL 767: Public School Finance
  • EDL 766: Advance Educational Law
  • EDL 775: Educational Policy Analysis ​
  • EDL 855: Culture and Change in Educational Institutions
  • EDL 899: Doctoral Seminar