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Murray Jensen

Associate Professor
Degrees earned
  • PhD - University of Minnesota - Science Education / Evolution Education
  • BA - Concordia College, Moorhead MN

Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

Teaching and learning in human anatomy and physiology; Use of engineering in physiology labs; Cooperative group learning

Awards and honors
  • 2007 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award. Sponsored by the Society for College Science Teachers, a division of the National Science Teachers Association.
  • 2001 Horace T. Morse - University of .Minnesota Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and the University of Minnesota.
Research statement

My research focuses on how to implement Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) within entry-level anatomy and physiology courses. More specifically, I work on developing continuing education opportunities for educators who wish to promote inquiry and cooperative group learning within their classrooms. I also work on how to best use SCALE-UP / active learning classrooms with entry-level science courses.

Favorite teaching innovation or approach

Cooperative Group Learning & Cooperative Quizzes; Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)

Courses taught
  • BIOL 1010: Human Biology: Concepts and Current Ethical Issues
  • BIOL 1015: Human Physiology, Technology, and Medical Devices
Representative publications

Allison Mattheis; Debra Ingram; Murray S. Jensen; Jon Jackson Examining high school anatomy and physiology teacher experience in a cadaver dissection laboratory and impacts on practice. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. 2014:1-25.

Murray Jensen; Allison Mattheis; Anne Loyle Offering an anatomy and physiology course through a high school-university partnership: The Minnesota model
American Journal of Physiology - Advances in Physiology Education. 2013;37(2):157-164.

Murray Jensen; Allison Mattheis; Brady Johnson Using student learning and development outcomes to evaluate a first-year undergraduate group video project CBE Life Sciences Education. 2012;11(1):68-80.

Recent presentations, invited seminars and workshops

Jensen, M. (2013, December). Promoting Conceptual Learning in Human Physiology Courses Through the Use of Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning. Keynote address for the Australian Physiological Society conference, Geelong Australia.

Jensen, M. (2013, July). Transforming anatomy and physiology instruction through the use of student centered strategies: A discussion of novel curricular approaches. Keynote address for the International Union of Physiological Sciences Teaching and Education conference, Bristol England.

Professional service
  • President Elect - Society of College Science Teachers (SCST)
  • Board of Directors - Central Region Representative - Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS)



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