Rita Jensen, Ph.D.

Director of Dissertation Management, The Graduate School

Areas of Expertise:Dr. Rita Jensen

  • Developing and implementing academic programs
  • Designing learner supports
  • Mentoring
  • Assuring quality
  • e-learning
  • Leading doctoral programs
  • Training and development
  • Policy development and compliance
  • Continuous process improvement
  • Accreditation


  • Ph.D., Iowa State University
  • M.A.Ed., University of Northern Iowa
  • B.S., Calvin College
  • B.A., Cornerstone University


Iowa's Young Leaders: Characteristics, Organizational Environments, and Career Orientations

Selected Publications:

  • “Every teacher a teacher of reading: The rhetoric, the research, and the reality,” Illinois Reading Council Reading Journal (2007)
  • Teaching, leading, and learning in preK-8 settings: Strategies for success (2nd ed.) Houghton Mifflin
  • “Assessing the climate of an early childhood center by using key features of organizational culture,” European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (2003)

Selected Professional Experience:

Higher education faculty member and administrator in public and private sectors; positions held include:

  • Regional Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Dean of Educational Services
  • Associate Dean of College of Education and Health Sciences
  • Assistant Dean of Doctoral Programs
  • Department Head