DMACC English Instructor Named Editor of National Journal

Posted 6/30/2020

​​Carroll Campus instructor’s writing has previously appeared in Teaching English in the Two Year Colleges (TETYC) Journal​

  • Dr. Darin Jensen will teach full time at the DMACC Carroll Campus as well as serve as editor of TETYC.

  • Dr. Jensen has agreed to a five-year commitment as editor of the journal, which publishes four times per year. 

  • TETYC is the official journal of the Two-Year College English Association (TYCA) and publishes theoretical and practical articles across writing studies, developmental education, literature, creative expression, language and the profession.

A Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Carroll Campus English Instructor will be extra busy this fall semester and beyond as the newly named editor of the Teaching English in the Two-Year College (TETYC) journal.

Dr. Darin Jensen will continue teaching full time at DMACC while beginning a five-year appointment as editor of TETYC, the peer-reviewed journal of the Two-Year College English Association (TYCA) sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The journal publishes theoretical and practical articles across writing studies, developmental education, literature, creative expression, language and the profession for English instructors at two-year colleges, as well as for teachers of first and second-year composition at four-year institutions.

“As editor, I work with reviewers, authors and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) publication team to develop four peer-reviewed issues each year," Dr. Jensen said. “Most importantly, editing the journal will provide me with a unique opportunity to be a help identify and highlight best practices in teaching, assessment, and other important subjects in two-year college English studies. I hope to be able to share that knowledge with my colleagues at DMACC."

He said DMACC is providing him with release of one course per semester so he can work on the journal. 

“My research centers on developmental and first-year writing as well as professional issues, especially how graduate programs prepare future two-year college English instructors," Dr. Jensen said.

Carroll Campus Provost Dr. Joel Lundstrom said Jensen is a great example of a faculty member who maintains research and scholarly work outside of the classroom that directly impacts student success inside of it.

“His appointment as TETYC editor is a result of his past work and passion for teaching English, as well as his commitment to support future research endeavors that will continue to influence new approaches and a better understanding of how we can all be more effective educators," Dr. Lundstrom said.

Dr. Jensen, who lives in West Des Moines and commutes to the DMACC Carroll Campus to teach, holds a Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln as well as masters' degrees in Language Teaching (University of Nebraska—Omaha) and English (Kansas State University). He earned a B.A. in English from Bellevue University. His writing has appeared in TETYC, College English and Pedagogy. Dr. Jensen has taught full-time at DMACC since 2018 and previously served as a DMACC adjunct instructor for a couple of years.

Jensen was preceded as TETYC editor by Dr. Holly Hassel, English Professor at North Dakota State University. Dr. Jensen said he will be responsible for the March 2021 issue and will be co-editing the December 2020 issue. 

Together with Christie Toth and Patrick Sullivan, Dr. Jensen is one of the co-founders of Teacher-Scholar-Activist, a website designed to be “a place where teachers share the small local moves that matter in our communities; a place where we collect them and add them together."

For more information about the TETYC journal, visit https://ncte.org/resources/journals/teaching-english-in-the-two-year-college.


For more information, contact: Dr. Darin Jensen, dljensen7@dmacc.edu

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