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Deborah Ann Jensen

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Associate Professor of Literacy Education

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Professor Jensen fell in love with her work long before she started her career, when playing school in her family’s basement.  She credits her love of children’s books to her mom, who started reading to her when she was an infant.  She identifies with the last lines of the poem, “The Reading Mother,” by Strickland Gillilan, which reads, “You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.  Richer than I you can never be – I had a Mother who read to me.”  Deborah earned her doctorate in Language, Literacy, and Learning from Fordham University.



As a member of the MS in Literacy Education Birth – Grade 6 faculty, Dr. Jensen  coordinators  Literacy Space, a tutoring program for first, second, and third grade struggling readers and writers.  Within the program she teachers courses in assessment and instruction, literacy teacher practicum, and children’s literature. 

  • EdLit 736  Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties
  • EdLit 737 Remediation of Reading Difficulties
  • EdLit 742 Literacy Practicum
  • EdLit 732 Children’s Literature



Dr. Jensen’s current research interests include home-school connections and parent involvement, using children’s literature across curriculum areas, and literacy teacher preparation practices.  Her work has been published in The Reading Teacher, Reading Horizons, Teaching Education, ComMuniCator, ReadWriteThink, as well as in other professional journals.  She has published two book chapters, and some book reviews.  She has presented nationally at IRA, NRC, NCTE, NCTM, CRA as well as the IRA in Budapest, Hungary and Prague, Czech Republic, the European Reading Council in Belgium, and the International Congress on Mathematics Education, Copenhagen Denmark. 

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