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Mary Jensen

DEPARTMENT: EMU at Lancaster

POSITION: Associate Provost

DEPARTMENT: Leadership & Organizational Mangement, Lancaster


PHONE: (717) 690-8600


Mary Krahn Jensen has served as associate provost of EMU at Lancaster since July 1, 2015. Prior to that, she was employed for 18 years at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, holding a variety of roles including Director of the MA in Marriage and Family Studies program and Associate Dean of Academics. She received her Ed.D. in organization learning and development from the University of St. Thomas in 2010. Her research examined the impact of self-awareness on the leadership practice of educators. She has also co-authored a several articles on relational spirituality and formation. She is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and provides consultation regarding intercultural development in the education sector. She is the parent of two adult sons.


Doctor of Education, Organization Learning and Development – 2010
University of St. Thomas – St. Paul, Minnesota
Dissertation: “The Impact of Self-Knowledge on the Leadership Practice of Educators”

Master of Science, Counselor Education – 1997
John Brown University – Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Bachelor of Science, Music Education – 1984
Northwestern College – Roseville, Minnesota


Sandage, S.J. & Jensen, M.L. (2013). Relational spiritual formation: Reflective practice and research on spiritual formation in a seminary context. Reflective Practice: Formation & Supervision in Ministry, 33, 94-109.

Jensen, M. L. (2011). Nurturing self-knowledge: The impact of a leadership development program. OD Practitioner, 43(3), 30-35.

Jensen, M. L., Sanders, M., & Sandage, S. J. (2010). Women’s well-being in seminary: A qualitative study. Theological Education Journal, 45(2), 99-116.

Dahl, C. M., Jensen, M. L., & McCampbell, J. L. (2010). A butterfly effect: The impact of marriage and family therapy training on students’ spouses. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 38(1), 3-14.

Sandage, S. J., Jensen, M. L., & Jass, D. (2008). Relational spirituality and transformation: Risking intimacy and alterity. Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, 1(2). 182-206.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“The Importance of Faculty for the Mission of a School.” Association of Theological Schools: Roundtable Seminar for Newly Appointed Faculty. Chicago, IL. October 9-11, 2015

“Forming the Leader” lecture series. Academy for Leadership and Theology at Örebro Missionsskola. Örebro, Sweden. March 25-27, 2014

“The Impact of Intercultural Awareness on the Leadership Practice of Educators.” Intercultural Development Inventory Conference: Achieving Results Through IDI Guided Development. Minneapolis, Minnesota. October 2010

“The Impact of Self-Knowledge on the Leadership Practice of Educators.” OD Network Conference 2010: Recovery, Revitalization, Response. New Orleans, Louisiana. October 2010

“Forming Practitioners: The Selves and Spouses of Therapy Students.” Presentation in symposium. National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, Minnesota. November 2006

“Spiritual Formation in Relational Context: Assessing the Well-Being of Seminarians.” Lilly Endowment Programs Forum. Indianapolis, Indiana. January 2005