Ronda Jenson, Ph.D.

UMKC Institute for Human Development (UCE)
215 W. Pershing
6th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816-235-6335
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Last Updated: April 05, 2007

Ronda Jenson

Primary Activity Coordinators: Training Director
Specialty Resource Contacts: Interdisciplinary University Training
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: MCH Training Program-UCE Liaison
Discipline(s): Disability Studies
Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood
Education: General
Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: Council for Interdisciplinary Service
Research: Early Intervention, Access to the General Curriculum
Education: Disability Studies, Special Education, Universal Design
Service: Program Evaluation, Community Needs Assessment, Strategic Planning



Ronda Jenson, Ph.D.

Abridged Vita


Doctorate of Philosophy, University of Kansas (2004)

Masters of Science, University of Kansas (1994)

Bachelors of Music Education, University of Kansas (1990)


2004-present        Research Associate, Director of Interdisciplinary Training, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Institute for Human Development.

2000-2004            Research Assistant, Project SPIRAL (System for Investigating Inclusive Preschool Activities and Longitudinal Results), University of Kansas.

1994-1998            Clinical Adjunct Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Kansas

1994-1998            Special Education Teacher, Lawrence Public Schools, Kansas

College Teaching

Instructor, INTG 425: Integrative Seminar in Disability Studies (2005-present).

Co-Instructor, Law 815S: Leadership in Disability Studies: A Multidisciplinary Approach, University of Missouri-Kansas City


Instructor, SGS501: Disability and Community Support, University of Missouri-Kansas City (2005-present).

Instructor, SPED 840: Program Planning in Early Childhood Special Education, University of Kansas (2004).

Research Projects (selected)

Principle Investigator, Assessment of Current and Anticipate Needs of Jackson County Residents with Developmental

Disabilities.  Funded by Jackson County Board of Services (2005-2006).

Evaluator, Missouri State Improvement Grant, Missouri Dept. of Elem. and Second. Education,  Funded by the Department of Education (2005-2006).

Evaluator, Esperanza Para los Ninos, Kansas City Health Depart., Funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (2005-2006).

Co-Principle Investigator, Safety-First Collab., Funded by the Dept. of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women (2005-2008).

Evaluator, 21st Century School, School Linked Services, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, Funded by the Kansas Department of Education (2005-2010).

Publications & Technical Writing (selected)

Jenson, R. & Fuger, K. (2006).  Missouri early childhood comprehensive system: Evaluation report of planning phase. Kansas City, MO: UMKC Institute for Human Development.

Jenson, R. J., Fuger, K. L., Duvall, L. A., & Stephens, D. J. (2006). Abandoned Infants Assistance Program: Cross-site evaluation report. 

Houghton, J. & Jenson, R. (2006). Chase Middle School Comprehensive School Reform Formative Evaluation Report.  Kansas City, MO: UMKC Institute for Human Development.

Jenson, R. J. (2004). Access to the general early childhood curriculum: An investigation of participation in the general early childhood curriculum and provided instructional supports. Dissertation Abstracts International, 65(08), 2848. (UMI No. 3143341) 

Jenson, R. J. (2004). Discipline Preferences and Styles among Latino Families and the Implications for Special Educators, Multiple Voice, 7(2), 60-73.

Horn, E., Thompson, B., Palmer, S., Jenson, R., & Turbiville, V. (2004). Implementing high quality inclusion in preschool.  In Kennedy, C.H. & Horn, E. (Eds.), Inclusion of students

Professional Presentations (selected)

Jenson, R., Dilks, S., & Chronwall, B. (2006). Universal design and diversity education: Transforming course design across the curriculum.  International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), Washington, DC.

Jenson, R. (2006). Interdisciplinary leadership in disability studies: Infusing disability studies across professional fields.  Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.

Jenson, R. (2006).  Universal Design for Learning. New Faculty Orientation. University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Fuger, K.L. & Jenson, R. (2006). Many Approaches, One Voice: Preliminary AIA findings for Year 8. National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center Grantee Conference, Berkeley, CA.

Jenson, R. (September, 2004). Applying Cross-Cultural Competency to Family-Centered Services. Lunch and Learn Series,

University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Development Disabilities, CT.

Horn, E., Thompson, B., & Jenson, R. (December 2002). Child-Focused Intervention: Access and Progress in the General

 Curriculum for Preschoolers, DEC, San Diego, CA.