July 23, 2018

Meet Amy Jo Jenkins, Executive Director, Translational Research Institute

Amy Jo JenkinsHow long have you worked at UAMS?
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I have been at UAMS for 9 years and in my current position for one year. Interestingly, I have worked on UAMS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) grant applications for eight years. I have also taught two courses in the Regulatory Science program since its start in 2013.

What is your favorite part of the job?
I really enjoy the opportunity to work with all kinds of people, in various positions, departments and colleges across UAMS. Every day is different.

Are there any challenges?
My favorite part of the job also can be the part that presents the most challenges. Since I work with different faculty and staff from various areas every day, it can sometimes be difficult to get everyone on the same page and sharing the same vision.

How do you/ your group handle problematic issues?
I have learned that acknowledgement of a problem is not the same as acceptance. With a high level of creativity and critical thinking, a solution will always present itself in solving a problem.

How many applications/proposals/articles do you work on annually?
I have worked on four CTSA applications in 4 consecutive years and helped write 3 administrative supplements to CTSA applications. I have also helped UAMS faculty write approximately two articles per year. 

Any other professional activities?
I was recently elected President of the Board of Directors for the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA). It was particularly exciting since I originally founded the Arkansas SOCRA chapter in 2013. Moreover, I’m proud to report that the Arkansas chapter has taken the chapter award for offering the most continuing education opportunities for the past seven years. This is in competition with all the chapters internationally.

I am also CCRP certified through SOCRA, and CCRC and CCRA certified through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. 

Jenkins bikingHow about after hours? What do you do for fun?
I have been competing in triathlons since 2003. I have completed five Ironman competitions (swim – 2.4 miles, bike – 112 miles, and run – 26.2 miles) in Florida, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Texas, and Tennessee with the next one set for November 2018.

I am also a Little Rock Marathon “Streaker”!  I have finished each of the marathon distance races (26.2 miles) for the past 16 years in a row. However, it doesn’t get any easier!

Jenkins runningWhat personal skill or hobby don’t most people know about you?
People may not know that I ride my own motorcycle, a Kawasaki Ninja 650.

Any last thoughts on your position as the TRI Executive Director?
Our recent CTSA application reflected the incredible progress achieved at UAMS since our first grant in 2009. When we get our renewal, we will be able to execute our exciting vision for the future!