College of Western Idaho has appointed two new deans in its academic affairs division. Kae Jensen will serve as dean of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, and James Jansen has been named dean of instructional support.
Jensen will oversee CWI’s associate degree STEM programs. She has more than 15 years of experience in higher education, both in administration and instruction. She has been with the college since 2009. Most recently she served as department chair of education as well as a full-time faculty member.
Jensen holds a master’s of education in leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington. She earned a BA in human services from Western Washington University and an AA from Skagit Valley College. She has begun work on a doctorate in instructional design at Idaho State University.
Jensen serves on committees for the Institutes of Higher Education, Idaho Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, IDoTeach, Pearson Faculty Advisor Network, and Treasure Valley iSTEM.
Jansen will oversee the Center for Teaching and Learning, Library Services, and Tutoring Services. He has more than 16 years of college teaching experience. Jansen has worked as a community college administrator since 2004 at institutions in New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. His most recent position was dean of instruction at Klamath Community College in Klamath Falls, Ore.
Jansen holds a doctorate in languages and literature from University of Utah, a master’s in postsecondary education, english, and professional/technical writing from Portland State University, and a master’s in German from the University of Wyoming. He earned BAs in English and Russian from the University of Utah.