Name: Amy Petersen Jensen
Title: Professor, Associate Dean
Office: A-501 HFAC
Phone: (801) 422-8271
“Arts education, including theater education, not only has relevance for today’s young people but is also uniquely positioned to substantially contribute to the new forms of literacy that are essential to navigating our contemporary culture.“
– Amy Jensen
Amy Petersen Jensen, PhD, is a Professor and Associate Dean in the College of Fine Arts and Communications. Amy teaches in the undergraduate Theatre and Media Education program as well as the Media Education master’s program. She recently received the Lin Wright Special Achievement Award (2014) from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. The award honors individuals who have made a distinctive educational contribution or provided meritorious service, thus furthering theatre and drama for young people. She has also received the Meritorious Service Award from the National Association for Media Literacy Education (2011), and in 2009 she received the Brigham Young University Young Scholar Award (a $24,000 prize) for her theatre and media literacy work in the public schools. Her recent book publications include “Theatre in a Media Culture: Production, Performance and Perception Since 1970 (McFarland, 2007), the Co- edited volume (Re) imagining Literacies for Content-area Classrooms” (Teachers College Press, 2010), and the forthcoming “Arts Literacies and Education” (Routledge, 2015). Amy is also the executive producer of the web documentary series “By Study, By Faith”, which features stories about BYU faculty women, faith, and education.
Amy has served as the Co-editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education, the General Editor for the Youth Theatre Journal and on the advisory board of the Arts Education Policy Review. She has also served on the board of directors for the National Association for Media Literacy Education and as Advocacy Director on the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s Board of Directors. She currently serves on the leadership team for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards.
BA, Theatre Education/English Education, BYU, 1989; MA, Dramatic Theory and Criticism, BYU, 1998; PhD, Theatre History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003.