Dr. Jensen (vita in PDF) joined the EPE faculty from Indiana University with a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Higher Education. Her research interests are postsecondary transitions, sociology of higher education, and qualitative research methods. Dr. Jensen’s research includes the study of student transitions to and through college, the construction of knowledge communities, and policies regarding student success and general education. She has completed research in Eastern Kentucky on high school students’ aspirations for college and is conducting federal evaluation studies for the Department of Labor TAACCCT program, the Department of Education First in the World program, and NIH training grants. Dr. Jensen has also collaborated with faculty in Italy and Central Asia on the study of transitions from secondary to postsecondary education in Europe and Kazakhstan. Dr. Jensen holds an M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Indiana University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
At the University of Kentucky Dr. Jensen teaches courses in field studies, comparative higher education, sociology of higher education, and the community college. She also coordinates the Ed.D. Cohort program focusing on postsecondary educational policy and practice. As a member of the Honors Program faculty of record, she teaches an education abroad course on university student mobility for the program in Europe. From 2003-2006, Dr. Jensen coordinated First Year Initiatives for the Office of Undergraduate Education, including the establishment of a university-wide academic support program in The Study. She has also served on the General Education Oversight Committee and co-chaired the 2015 Strategic Planning Workgroup on Undergraduate Education.
Dr. Jensen is co-author of a text for first year college students, Piecing it Together: A Guide to Student Academic Success, and an ethnographic study, Post-Secondary Education on the Edge: Self-Improvement and Community Development in a Cape Breton Coal Town, published by Peter Lang.