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Teacher Education and Kinesiology

Dr. Deb Jensen, Ph. D.

Associate Professor in Teacher Education; Master of Education/Cognitive Science Concentration Coordinator; and Director of the Center for the Applied Study of Cognition and Learning Sciences (CASCLS)

Office: Swain 218M
Phone: 701-858-3043
Fax #: 701-858-3591

Center for the Applied Study of Cognition and Learning Sciences (CASCLS)

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Teaching and Learning Research Methodologies, University of North Dakota
  • C.A.S. Mind, Brain and Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • M.Ed. Educational Leadership, University of North Dakota
  • B.S.E. Music Education, Minot State University

Dr. Jensen's teaching assignments include teaching and learning models, quantitative and qualitative research, educational foundations, curriculum and assessment, and classroom dynamics in the Master of Education Program; and educational psychology in the undergraduate Teacher Education Core. She serves as the Concentration Coordinator for the Cognitive Science Concentration in the M.Ed. Dr. Jensen has also served as Chair of Teacher Education and Kinesiology and Program Director for the Master of Education Program. Her primary interests include educational research, cognitive science, eye tracking, teacher dispositions, professional development across education careers, educational leadership, and dynamic modeling of educational systems.

Teaching is more than presentation-it is a knowledge-based profession, the success of which is dependent upon complex, reflective actions:

  • knowing and understanding key concepts in the disciplines taught (domain expertise),
  • knowing faculty/candidates/students as persons (interpersonal expertise),
  • knowing faculty/candidates/students as learners (cognitive science expertise);
  • interacting as personal/group trainers (effective, engaging professional technique),
  • and as researchers, constantly evaluating the progress of their students and effects of their teaching (action-based inquiry and objective reflection).

Educational Service
Jensen's national involvement has included presentations on Teacher Dispositions and the development of applied research schools at national conferences of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE); and on the North Dakota Professional Development Guidelines: Effective Practices at a variety of national conferences, including the American Association of Higher Education (AAHE), the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), the National Staff Development Council (NSCD), and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). She served nearly ten years as state liaison for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), six years on the Interstate Contract Committee of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), and on the Research Roundtable on "Child and Adolescent Development Research and Teacher Education: Evidence-based Pedagogy, Policy and Practice," a collaborative initiative of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and NCATE.

Jensen's prior experience includes nearly ten years as Assistant Director of the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board, where she worked collaboratively with P-16 educators on Professional Development Guidelines for P-12 education, standards for teacher education content and pedagogy, and served as NCATE/state liaison for the accreditation of teacher preparation programs. Jensen served education as the Director of the Minot Area Teacher learning Center for five years and as a music teacher in public and private settings.