Jenny Benkert

Jenny Benkert

Sr Academic Advisor

Medical Sciences Building


COM Dean Undergraduate Program - 0555

Professional Summary

Jenny began her career in Higher Education in 2017 upon completing her Masters degree in Higher Education Leadership and Higher Education Athletic Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her Masters program focus and research was in student-athlete development and student-athlete mental health.
Jenny then went on to work as a Learning Assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in their Office of Student-Athlete Academic Services for one year before coming to the University of Cincinnati. She worked in UC Athletics Student-Athlete Support Services office as an Academic Services Assistant and Academic Advisor for 2 years prior to joining the Medical Sciences staff in June 2021 as a Senior Academic Advisor.
Jenny is passionate about equipping college students with necessary knowledge, tools, and resources to empower them to find their identity and purpose. She is also a staunch advocate for mental health and wellness and recently became a UC Mental Health Champion in 2022.
In her free time, Jenny enjoys running, yoga, weightlifting, and hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Mike, and her family here in Cincinnati and in Wisconsin. 


Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA): St. Norbert College De Pere, WI, (Business Administration)

Master of Science in Education (MSE) - Higher Education Leadership & Higher Education Athletic Administration: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Whitewater, WI,

Research and Practice Interests

Student-athlete development, student development, identity development of college students, student-athlete mental health, college student mental health and wellness


Peer Reviewed Publications

Navarro, K, Greviskes, L.E., Edwards, L., Witte, K., Pittelkow, L., & Scherer, J. (2019. ) Toward an Understanding of Critical Success Factors for Student Athlete Mental Health, Athletic Performance, and Well-Being at the NCAA Division III Level. Journal of Higher Education Athletics and Innovation, ,

Other Publications

Navarro, K., & Scherer, J. (2017. ) Warhawk Leadership Academy .Athletic Management,

Courses Taught

-MEDS-1000 MSF SEMINAR Medical Sciences Freshman Seminar Level:Undergraduate