Dr. Crystal (Jensen) Moore
"My students should leave my class(es) with the inspiration to learn, create, and share in/with their communities using the most innovative tools to empower their goals and dreams."
- EdD in Learning Technologies – Pepperdine University, 2013
- MEd in Teaching with emphasis in Education Technologies – California Lutheran University, 2003
- BA in Liberal Studies, Psychology Emphasis – California Lutheran University, 2000
My bio: Dr. Crystal Moore, née Jensen, is the only known Doctor of Learning Technologies who is also a Native American tribal enrollee (Choctaw of OK) worldwide. Based on her specialized combination of Native American heritage and doctoral level research, she is particularly focused on improving the quality of life for Native Americans, Indigenous Peoples, and capacity building communities in need.
Dr. Jensen presently holds a faculty position at Southeastern Oklahoma State University of Durant, home to the Choctaw Nation's Headquarters. Crystal is also the Founding President of the Community Empowerment Resource Center - CERCLE (non-profit - 501c3). These efforts are based on: (a) her service as an award-winning educator to very diverse K-12 and higher education organizations; (b) 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; (c) her Doctor of Learning Technologies research at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP), which highlights 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 published in her recent doctoral dissertation publication, 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. This dissertation abstract can be found on the Media page.
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 (e-learning), 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) Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender special interest group Historian. Some of her recent honors include: 2013 National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) “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.
In which online degree program(s) do you teach?
- M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction – General
- M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction – Educational Technology
Which classes do you teach online?
All ME.d. culturally responsive/diversity and learning technology classes.
What do you want your students to take away from your classes? What do you want them to learn?
My students should leave my classes with the inspiration to learn, create, and share in/with there are communities using the most innovative tools to empower their goals and dreams.
What's the best advice that you could give your students?
Have the courage of your convictions (goals)/dreams.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
What qualities make someone particularly successful in education?
A person that is full of wonder, dedication, ethics, and love for others.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that educators face today?
An educators biggest challenge is remembering why you became a teacher and not on all the daily pressures; it's a calling not a job.
Tell us something that your students might find interesting, something they may not know about you.
My white wolf-dog, Kaya, who I/we got on New Year's Day 2017 when she was 4.5 weeks old, is one of the greatest loves of my life. Also my husband and I became Choctaw foster parents as a way to give back to our community.
Links to share?