Dr. Jane Jensen has recently accepted the position of Assistant Provost for Transformative Learning in Undergraduate Education. As Assistant Provost, she will work with the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and senior campus leadership to set the strategic direction for Transformative Learning and to ensure its units meet their goals and metrics within the Strategic Plan for the Division of Undergraduate Education.
Jensen brings substantial experience in higher education policy and practice to her new role. A tenured member of the EPE faculty in the College of Education, her research interests include qualitative research methodology as applied to the studies of post-secondary education and development in rural North America. Her publications include a text for first-year college students, Piecing it Together: A Guide to Student Academic Success (Prentice Hall, 1998) and an ethnographic study, Post-Secondary Education on the Edge: Self-Improvement and Community Development in a Cape Breton Coal Town (Peter Lang, 2002).
She has considerable experience with undergraduate education at UK, having served on Student Intervention Committee (1999), chaired the Taskforce on the First Year Experience, Faculty Coordinator for First Year Experience , and most recently as Interim Assistant Provost for TL. She also has dedicated work in service to campus-wide general education, serving first on the General Education Reform and Assessment Committee (GERA) and on all subsequent faculty committees responsible (GEOC) for creating the new UK Core. She was also the co-chair the recent Strategic Planning Workgroup on undergraduate education and helped develop the undergraduate education vision for the 2015 Strategic Plan.
“One of the greatest gifts of participating in these undertakings has been the development of relationships and friendships across campus with other faculty and staff committed to student success.”
UGE is grateful that she is willing to share her knowledge of higher education policy research as a faculty member in EPE and her twenty years of experience developing undergraduate support programming. She continues, “My expertise as a researcher and evaluator provides critical support to the development of appropriate assessment plans so that we can build our programming on evidence—’what works’ at UK—following empirical guidelines recognized by our accrediting organizations (and the Department of Education grant reviewers) as well as using implementation research that can help staff at all levels tell their story well.”
Please welcome Dr. Jensen to UGE!
Dr. Benjamin C. Withers, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
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