I am pleased to let you know that Dr. Jane Jensen, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation in the College of Education, has agreed to serve as interim Assistant Provost for Transformative Learning within the Division of Undergraduate Education.
Dr. Jensen will serve in this role through December 31, 2015. She will be replacing Dr. Deanna Sellnow who has accepted a faculty position at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Sellnow contributed a great deal to the University of Kentucky through her work in her home college and in her campus leadership in general education reform and SACSCOC reaffirmation, particularly in the SACS QEP process. We will miss her knowledge, experience, and leadership.
We are fortunate that in Dr. Jensen we have someone with an equally impressive record of support for undergraduate education. Holding a doctorate from Indiana University, her faculty research includes the study of post-secondary education and development in rural North America. She focuses upon the authenticity of local knowledge production and learning as processes that synthesize and reflect the larger political economy.
She has been generous in sharing her knowledge of post-secondary education for the benefit of UK’s undergraduate experience. From 2003-2006, Dr. Jensen coordinated First Year Initiatives for the Office of Undergraduate Education. During that same time in UGE, she developed the university-wide Academic Enhancement programs in The Study and, more recently, she was a member of the QEP implementation committee which advised in the development of Presentation U!. She has also served on the General Education Oversight Committee which was responsible for the implementation of UK Core. In addition, she is also a member of the Honors Program faculty of record and she teaches an education-abroad course for Honors that focuses on university student mobility for the program in Italy.
I look forward to working with Dr. Jensen this semester. Please join me in welcoming her to Undergraduate Education.
Benjamin C. Withers, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
University of Kentucky