My Curriculum Vita

Courage is more important than talent! 

Self-Portrait of Me as a Teecher 


Teecher Returned Home Under Duress By Spirit Guide 


This is some of the scribble art I do with Prisma colored pencils in a black paper journal. You can see a slideshow of my work at this link:

Sandy's Mysterious Night Vision Field Sketch Journal


PUBLICATIONS (follow this link)


August 15, 2009 "Artists, Poets & Their Friends," at Raven Frame Works. Poetry Performances: Sandy Jensen and  Peter Jensen.

April 19, 2009 "Writing As Partners" with Peter Jensen for the OSU Academy of Lifelong Learning, Corvallis, OR.

March 7, 2009 "Artists, Poets & Their Friends," A Book Release Party at Raven Frame Works for Brenna Burton. Poetry Performances: Brenna Burton, Sandy Jensen, Peter Jensen.


May 22, 2008 Poetry Reading at Looking Glass Bookstore, Portland, Oregon, with other Windfall poets. 

2008-09 Professional Development

July 6-10, 2009 Fishtrap Writing Outpost at Billy Meadows with Kim Stafford

April 3-5 2009 "Break Into Fiction Certified Power Plotter"

Fall 2008--Winter 2009 Online class with Holly Lisle, "How to Think Sideways: Career Survival School for Serious Writers" 


April 5, 2008 "Writing a Book that Makes a Difference" with Jessica Morrell.

April 12, 2008,  Christopher Vogler, "Traveling in Style:  How to Take the Writer's Journey." Author of The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers.


Oregon State Poetry Association

Archeological Institute of America

Willamette Writers

Women Writers of the West

Friends of Malheur


Jan. 2007 QM Certified Peer Reviewer for Online Courses by Quality Matters, “Inter-Institutional Quality Assurance on Online Learning.”

M.A. English:     English, Focus in Creative Writing, Poetry, California State  University at Fullerton, CA

2 Year Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, University of California at Riverside, CA

B.A. English     University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Special Studies,     Antioch University West, Los Angeles, CA.
Master classes in writing speculative fiction with Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, and Theodore Sturgeon.

Continuing Education at Northwest Writing Institute, Lewis & Clark College, with Kim Stafford and the Stafford Center. Proud participant in the 2007 Fishtrap.



Lane Community C.         1991-current F2F & online

Linfield College           1992-current F2E & online

Linn-Benton C.C.    1992-current F2F, online


Linfield, 3 online upper level literature classes per year plus 4 face to face classes on the McMinnville campus in Creative Writing, The Literature of Experience, and Inquiry Seminars.

Lane CC, Summer online writing classes plus a variety of face to face classes in composition and literature. 

LBCC, the creative writing sequence at the Benton Center (Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non Fiction) and the Sweet Home Writing Lab. All comp. courses, WR 115, 121, 122, 123, 227, 241            Literature sequence, EN 102, 104, 106.
Humanities 102, 103 ALSO:

  • Science Fiction, 
  • Images of Women in Lit.; 
  • Contemporary Women Novelists; 
  • History of Oregon Lit.; 
  • Journal Writing; 
  • Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum; 
  • Composing in Cyberspace 
  • Hero's Journey 
  • Children's Literature 
  • Latin-American Lit
  • Diverse Voices, Topics in American Lit. 
  • Literature of War and Peace
  • Literature of the Pacific Rim
  • Film Adaptation
  • Voices from the Border
  • Contemporary Oregon Women Writers
  • History of Oregon Literature
  • Contemporary Iranian Women Writers
  • Literature of Food and Culture


Susan Carkin, Chair, Language, Literature and Communication, Lane Community College, Eugene, OR

Kate Bemis, Chair, Linfield College DCE, McMinnville, OR

Joe Escobar, Lane Community College Faculty Webmaster, Eugene, OR


Second Prize Poetry Society of Michigan Award 2009 Annual Contest, "If I Could Only See One Color"

Second Prize Two Ladies from Texas Award 2009 Annual Contest, "Elegy for Sam Two Bells"

Fourth Honorable Mention Illinois State Poetry Society Award 2009 Annual Contest, "Deep Song"

2009 First Place Member's Choice Category OSPA Poetry Award (Spring Competition), "Harney County Still Life"

2009 First Place Themed Category ("Roads") OSPA Poetry Award (Spring Competition), "Shortcut"

2008 Honorable Mention OSPA Poetry Award
2007 Second Place OSPA Poetry Award
2006 HM OSPA Free Verse Award
2005-06 Lane Faculty Recognition Award
2005 Eugene Readin’ in the Rain Visiting Scholar
2004-05 Lane Faculty Recognition Award
2003 NCTE National Editor First Place Award
2003 Lane Faculty Recognition Award
1998  Award for Teaching Excellence,
Linfield College
1998 Teacher-as-Writer Competition,
1st place, OCTE
1996 Outstanding  Faculty Award,
Linn-Benton Community College
1995 Teacher-as Writer Competition,
The Townsend Press Award
1995 Assessment Technique Award,
Lane Community College


Late 1970s—80s    Co-Founder (with Michael Baim) and Editor of the Glen Ivy Sun-Times, a community newspaper of Glen Ivy, CA. Print run 44,000. Travel pieces, profiles of local personalities, nature and history essays,  articles on health and beauty, climate, geology, poetry, and advertising copy.

1980s    Assistant Editor, Renaissance Woman, a quarterly women’s spiritual and literary  journal.  Generated articles, read manuscript submissions, do first selection and editing. In 1989 RW was incorporated into the larger and more established Integrity International as a section entitled “Womanspirit.”

1989-1991    Poetry Editor, Integrity International.  Handled submissions, contests, editing, selection and full editorial duties.

1976-1988    Monthly Columnist, 12 years, Newslight Magazine. Monthly column plus three or four feature articles per years.

1988-1990    Staff Writer, Healing Currents. Interviews, conference coverage, reviews, travel as assigned by editor.

1981-1985    Staff Writer, Integridad, Spanish language periodical.

2000—2003    Editor of Chalkboard, member newsletter for Oregon Council of Teachers of English. 2003 NCTE National Editor First Place Award.

PUBLICATIONS (1995-2007)(follow this hot link)


My Teaching Schedule

Fall 2009

For Linfield DCE Online: EN 306 The Literature of Extraordinary Children

Lane CC 2009-2010, One year .85 contract:

Two sections of Online WR 122 "Argumentation," which I call "The Art of Thinking" plus one section face to face.

Summer 2009

Linfield DCE Online "The Literature of Food and Culture"

Lane CC Online Two sections of WR 227 "Technical Writing"

Spring 2009:

Linfield Mac Campus: "Intro to Creative Writing," and Inquiry Seminar "The Hero's Journey."

Linfield DCE Online: "The Hero's Journey in Life and Literature"

Lane CC Face-to-Face: WR 123 "Research" and Lane CC Online WR 123 "

Fall 2008

Linfield DCE: EN 310 "Let's Read the Classics" (online)

Linfield Mac Campus: 

"Intro to Creative Writing"

"The Literature of Experience"

 Lane CC 

WR 123 "Writing the Researched Paper" (two sections)