Eastern Kentucky University professor Dr. Jacquelyn W. Jensen was recently presented the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education (KACTE) Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year Award for her longtime contributions to Family and Consumer Sciences education.
Jensen is beginning her 14th year at Eastern, where she serves as the program coordinator for FCS education; teaches personal finance, ethics and advocacy in FCS, methods of teaching in FCS; and supervises student teachers. She also advises Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national FCS honor society. After a year at EKU, she was named the Hazel Wilson Endowed Chair, a position she held for nine years.
Two of her most recent research projects include using complex case studies to assess students’ deliberations of ethical dilemmas and their completion of advocacy projects. Jensen has also researched applications of learning theory by middle and high school teachers, which culminated in a new FCS teaching methods book chapter that utilizes case studies of Kentucky teachers. Five of her other publications also focus on applications of learning theory.
Jensen holds a doctorate from the University of Utah, partially funded by a fellowship to from the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Her dissertation, which won two national awards, focused on student learning in an FCS teaching methods course.
Among her many service activities, she serves as the associate editor for the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, a publication of the National Association of Teacher Educators for Family and Consumer Sciences (NATEFACS).