- Faculty Hiring & Promotion
- Faculty Funding
- Professional Development
- Arts Education
- Executive Producer for BRAVO!
Name: Amy Petersen Jensen
Title: Professor, Associate Dean
Office: A-501 HFAC
“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 currently serves as Senior Associate Dean in the College of Fine Arts and Communications where she is primarily responsible for faculty development and research. She also conceived of and directs the Faith + Works Series, an ongoing CFAC faculty lecture series in which CFAC faculty share how their scholarship and creative work intersect with their faith.
Amy supervises BYU Arts Creative and is the Executive Producer of the BRAVO Professional Performing Arts Series.
She teaches arts education courses in both theatre and media arts education where she works with undergraduate pre-service teachers and Master’s candidates
Recent book publications include the Co- edited volume (Re)imagining Literacies for Content-area Classrooms (Teachers College Press, 2010), and Arts Literacies and Education (Routledge, 2015) with Roni Jo Draper.
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 was also a member of the leadership team for the revision and writing of K-12 National Core Arts Standards.
She currently serves as the chair of the College Board’s Arts Academic Advisory Committee and as a member of their Academic Assembly Council where she consults on the development of Advanced Placement Arts courses and other arts initiatives. She also serves on the Educational Theatre Association’s College Advisory Committee where she has aided in the development of Opportunity to Learn Standards for theatre education classrooms.
She 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 prestigious Meritorious Service Award from the National Association for Media Literacy Education (2011), and in 2009 she received the Brigham Young University Young Scholar Award.
Prior to serving as Associate Dean in the College of Fine Arts and Communications Amy was the Department Chair in the Theatre and Media Arts Department.
BA, Theatre Education/English Education, BYU, 1989; MA, Dramatic Theory and Criticism, BYU, 1998; PhD, Theatre History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003.