The deputy provost for academic affairs plays a vital role within the provost office and the university community, working to facilitate communication among members of the faculty, staff, and students, and to ensure that Lehigh continues to meet the highest standards in administrative and academic excellence. Dr. Jensen will play a prominent role in helping us to implement portions of Lehigh's Strategic Plan, and supporting Lehigh's core purpose and mission.
Dr. Jensen comes to Lehigh from Binghamton University, one of the four research universities of the State University of New York System. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Jensen served as an American Council on Education Fellow, spending the fall semester in the provost's office here at Lehigh, and her spring semester in the president's office at Widener University. During her Fellowship at Lehigh, Dr. Jensen shadowed Dr. Farrell and observed and participated in key meetings across the university, such as strategic plan implementation, enrollment management, financial planning, Lehigh's ADVANCE grant, and Lehigh's Board of Trustees. Dr. Jensen was able to spend time with college deans, associate deans and university leadership, where she gained a knowledge and understanding of Lehigh's infrastructure, policies and culture. With their comprehensive leadership development platform, the ACE Fellows Program afforded Dr. Jensen the opportunity to develop a network of higher education leaders across the U.S. and abroad, which will serve her well in this role.
Dr. Jensen joined Binghamton in 2005, and served as associate dean for academic affairs for the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences from 2008 to 2012. Her duties as associate dean included managing the undergraduate curriculum; implementing academic policies and procedures; overseeing the Harpur College Academic Advising Office and the English as a Second Language Program; implementing faculty orientations; and supervising the academic integrity process. Dr. Jensen will join the Lehigh community on December 9, 2013.
Dr. Jensen's research and teaching focuses on state politics and intergovernmental relations, interest groups, and political careers. She is currently completing a book project on governors' lobbying offices and associations in Washington, DC from 1941 to 2010. After earning her BA in political science at the University of Michigan, Dr. Jensen worked in Washington, DC, first in the U.S. House of Representatives and then as a renewable energy lobbyist. She has served on the faculty at Bucknell University and the University at Albany (SUNY). She earned her MA and PhD in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.