What were you doing before coming to Pepperdine GSEP?

Prior to coming to Pepperdine, I earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree, as well as a California Multiple-Subject CLEAR Credential with Supplementary Authorizations in English and Computer Concepts and Applications from California Lutheran University. I was then employed as a technology educator, coordinator, and higher education guest lecturer. I also served as a member/leader of several local, national, and international organizations.

Here is a selection of recent publications about my previous and current career efforts:

- http://colleague.pepperdine.edu/2012/06/tribal-education-and-communities-in-need/

- http://pdkintl.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/5/files/Jensen_PDKEL.pdf

- http://pilambda.org/horizons/stand-out-in-the-crowd-crystal-jensen/

What are your career goals post-GSEP?

My Doctor of Learning Technologies (Ed.D.) degree posted posted July 19, 2013. Since then, I have been seeking a Full-time or Adjunct Faculty, Director, or Consulting position(s) in: Education, Learning Technologies, New Media, Teacher Preparation, Leadership, Gender Studies, Cultural (Native American/American Indian Studies), Qualitative Research Methods, or related fields.

I plan to development the culturally responsive technology integration corporation that I founded in 2011, Integrity Technologies (see description below), as well as its “sister” non-profit organization - the Community Empowerment Resource Center (CERCLE). I will also stay an active servant-leader for numerous other scholarly and culturally responsive organization boards that are operating for the greater For example, I serve as the: (a) American Education Research Association’s (AERA): Indigenous Peoples of the Americas’ Program Chair, Paper Reviewer, Session Co-Creator & Chair; (b) National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) (National Indian Education Study publishers) Webmaster, Board Member; (c) Instructional Technologies special interests group (SIGs) Paper Reviewer, Session Co-Creator & Chair, (d) Digital Women’s Project (DWP) Celebrate Women’s Wisdom: Life Journeys, and (e) Pepperdine Alumni Leadership Council (ALC) Voting Member.

What are you doing with your GSEP degree?

In addition to the information offered above, here is more information about my current professional efforts:

Integrity Technologies Founder and President, Dr. Crystal Jensen is an award-winning educator serving very diverse K-12 and higher education organizations. As an enrolled member of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma, Jensen's recent Doctor of Learning Technologies research at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) highlights the possible futures of utilizing information and communication technologies (ICTs) for U.S Indigenous Peoples' and communities in need cultural preservation, revitalization, and capacity building, especially in rural and remote locations. This research is highlighted in her recent doctoral dissertation publication (Chaired by GSEP’s Dean - Margaret Weber, Ph.D.), Native American women leaders’ utilization of information and communication technologies for work-life balance and capacity building, which was a qualitative, phenomenological research study focused on her 14 in-depth, exploratory interviews based on the narrative life-story framework. Her extensive travels around our nation and the globe (Bolivia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C.) to meet with other Indigenous, governmental, and educational technology leaders have helped inform her passion to empower communities in need.

As an empowered servant-leader for the greater good, Dr. Jensen is often sought out as a guest lecturer/teacher, leader, and project designer and manager in both online, hybrid, and face-to-face formats. Crystal is highly trained in four key areas: Culturally-responsive research, teaching, leadership, and community- building. Her writing skills are highly attuned, as evidenced by her numerous U.S and international Indigenous and educational technologies scholarly conference presentations and publications focusing on the areas of ICTs, learning technologies (elearning), women’s leadership, work-life balance, and culturally responsive community capacity building. She also currently serves on the leadership team for several scholarly organizations, such as the: American Education Research Association’s (AERA) Indigenous Peoples of the Americas’ Co-Program Chair and Session Co-Creator, National Assessment of Educational Progress (National Indian Education Study publishers) Webmaster and Session Co-Creator. Some of her recent honors include: 2013 National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) 2013 “Native American 40 Under 40? 2011-2012 Phi Delta Kappa Emerging Leader, 2011-2012 American Indian Graduate Center Scholar, 2011-2012 American Indian College Fund Scholar, and 2010 American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Scholar funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Intel Corporation.

About Integrity Technologies - Integrity Technologies is a global team of scholars, educators, and localized leaders who are committed to empowering communities in need, in the U.S and Internationally. We are particularly focused on improving the quality of life for rural and urban Native Americans, other U.S.-based indigenous Peoples, and those around the world. We offer a range of services related to educational and learning technologies field and strategize our efforts to support the overall public and environmental good. For more information, contact Dr. Jensen at crystal@integritytechnologies.org and/or visit her website at http://integritytechnologies.org

Why did you choose to come to Pepperdine GSEP?

I chose Pepperdine GSEP for numerous reasons, here is a sample:

1. The Dean, EDLT Faculty, and GSEP staff are truly incredible and are more focused on teaching and mentoring, than their research.

2. The Alumni network

3. My mom was battling breast cancer and lived in our tribal lands in Ok. So, I knew I would need a flexible degree program. So, Pepperdine's 60% face-to-face and 40% online format served me well.

4. The cohort-learning model that encompassed global and national travel.

5. I could not find a more highly regarded, Doctor of Learning Technologies program worldwide.

6. I prefer small, Liberal Arts schools

7. Mission of Service, Purpose, and Leadership.

8. I was born and raised (for the most part) in Ventura and have a very vast personal and professional community throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, so coming to Pepperdine was like coming home.

9. It is a faith-based community of scholars that also embraces Indigenous cultures.