Maria Jensen

Lecturer, Communication Studies

Main (Lacey)JBLM-MainJBLM-McChord
Fields: Public speaking, interpersonal communication, film studies, theatre, English composition
M.A. Speech, Ball State University; BA Speech and theatre, SUNY Oswego

5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503


I earned my Master of Arts (in Speech with a major in Theatre) from Ball State University, my Bachelor of Arts degree (Speech and Theatre) from SUNY Oswego, and my Associate in Arts degree (liberal arts) from Westchester Community College (Valhalla, NY). I am a native New Yorker. My husband served just shy of 25 years in the United States Army—nearly twelve of those years were spent in Germany. While overseas, I taught with various colleges and universities at a number of military installations.

Over the nearly 40+ years of being a college professor, I have remained constant about one thing: anyone who desires an education—either formal or informal—should have the opportunity to achieve one. Therefore, my role includes helping my students to meet this challenge by providing support, encouragement, and understanding.  I invite the students to participate by applying the principles we are learning to their life and by employing a non-threatening approach to learning. Creating a non-threatening environment allows the students to be open-minded and accepting, and I let the students know that their input is vital and welcome—this demonstrates my respect for them and for their ideas. Another skill I use is listening—although listening is the first skill we learn, it is the last skill that is taught. I want my students to know that when they voice a concern, I am truly listening to them and will consider their request.

Special recognitions

  • Inducted as a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International May 2011 (Membership is by invitation only and considered a prestigious honor)
  • Received the “2010 Distinguished Faculty” award from Brandman University (JBLM).
  • Received the “2009 Distinguished Faculty” award from St. Martin’s University (JBLM).
  • Nominated to Who’s Who among Teachers, 2000 (by former students).
  • Received the “1996 Distinguished Faculty” award from Pierce College at Fort Lewis.
  • Received the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for work in a key communication position for the family members of soldiers serving in Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
  • Received the "Outstanding Educator" Award from City Colleges of Chicago-Europe in June 1992 for my professional deportment as an instructor and administrator.
  • Recognized with a "Certificate of Merit" as an outstanding instructor for the Humanities Division by City Colleges of Chicago-Europe in July 1990.
  • Received the Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher award in 1988.
  • Inducted into Alpha Psi Omega, Mu Iota Chapter (National Honor Theatre Society) in June 1969.