Graduate Faculty Application
Graduate Faculty Application for Kayla Jenssen
Dr. Kayla Jenssen
Psychology and Sociology
College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
SACSCOC Credentials Guidelines:
1. Faculty teaching undergraduate general education and/or baccalaureate courses: Doctorate or Master’s degree in the teaching discipline or Master’s degree with a concentration in the discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).
There are two classes that Dr. Jenssen can teach in our graduate program. They are general, one is experiential learning (FS/SO 599) and the other a contemporary topics course (FS 605) with specialized content. The learning outcomes would be developed by the instructor. She could oversee a student's internship who would like to work with children/youth with special needs and their families or teach a special topics course. Her professional, teaching, and research has involved these populations. The courses Dr. Jenssen could be assigned are listed below.
FS 599. Independent Study-Practicum.
Field experiences designed to provide students with supervised practical application of family studies theory and research. Practicum placements must be approved, supervised, and evaluated in collaboration with a designated faculty advisor. Also listed as SO 599 but creditable only in field for which registered. International students must receive approval from the Office of International Affairs prior to course registration.
FS 605. Contemporary Topics in Family and Community Services.
This course surveys contemporary issues in family studies. Topics will be examined by developing a theoretical understanding of the issue and will foster both writing and critical inquiry skills related to the issue.
SO 599. Independent Study-Practicum.
Independent study, research, or practice experiences under departmental determinations, supervision, and evaluation. Enrollment by permission of chair of the department. Also listed as FS 599, but creditable only in field for which registered. International students must receive approval from the Office of International Affairs prior to course registration.
(1) PSY 5170 Psychology in Schools (3 cr. hrs.)
(2) PSY 6570 Autism: Etiology, Assessment, and Behavioral Treatment (3 cr. hrs.)
(3) PSY 6650 Behavioral Approaches to Treatment (4 cr. hrs.)
(4) PSY 6680 Analysis and Treatment of Developmental Disabilities (3 cr. hrs.)
(5) PSY 6740 Verbal Behavior (3 cr. hrs.)
(6) PSY 6760 Skinner’s Behaviorism (3 cr. hrs.)
Does this faculty member hold a terminal degree in this discipline or a related field?
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Dr. Jenssen has worked as a Behavioral Consultant with the Van Buren Intermediate School District in Van Buren County, MI for almost four years (August 2018 - present). She has also had temporary employment as a Behavior Specialist in Battle Creek, MI working at Summit Pointe Autism Center (8 months) and Intensive Child and Youth Services (4 months). This work experience and her graduate coursework will inform the contemporary topics course she develops. As with her selected graduate coursework and employment, the specialized content and learning objectives would focus on working with children with special needs.
M.A. and PhD. in Psychology (Behavior Analysis). 19 credit hours earned in this closely related field.
Dr. Jenssen received her PhD fall 2021. Her employment at UNA is her first tenure-track faculty position.
Michigan Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) (2019-present);
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) (2018-present).
See teaching evaluations (attached).
Developed the introductory psychology (PSY 150) course at Kalamazoo Valley
Community College (KVCC).