R. Devan Jensen Curriculum Vitae

R. Devan Jensen

248 W 1310 N, Orem, UT 84057   Email: devan_jensen@byu.edu   Work: 801-422-9304

WORK
Executive Editor, Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University (October 2001–present)
·       Helped increase annual production from two books to twenty, plus the Religious Educator and Studia Antiqua journals, the BYU Religious Education Review magazine, the RSC Newsletter, and a website with more than 4,000 articles
·       Copyedited thousands of articles and more than 250 books or book-length projects, achieving seventeen awards (see list below)
·       Published more than fifty articles or reviews and five books

·       Presented at twenty-five history or publishing conferences in Guam, Idaho, Maryland, Samoa, Taiwan, Texas, and Utah
·       Led social media efforts for ten years, building to 3,000 Facebook followers and 1,700 RSC Newsletter subscribers
·       Hired, trained, and mentored about seventy students to copyedit—several have become professional editors
·       Taught Book of Mormon, business writing, and editing as an adjunct instructor at two universities
·       Served on the university’s Athletic Advisory Committee, and Administrative Advisory Committee (chair), and Office Professional Advisory Committee

Director of Partnering/Past Director of Conferences and Programs, Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association (October 2015–present)
 ·       Helped plan October 2019 conference (“Share the Light”), featuring Elder John H. Groberg, Janice Kapp Perry, T. C. Christensen, and others
·       Helped plan September 2017 conference (“The Power of the Word”), featuring Brandon Sanderson, Sheri Dew, John S. Tanner, John W. Welch, and others
·       Organized September 2016 conference (“Flooding the World with Light and Truth”) featuring Brandon Mull, Brad Wilcox, and others
·       Created sponsorship packages for affiliated publishers


Editorial Board Member, Journal of Mormon Studies (June 2018–present)
·      Assisted Alex Baugh and Jessie Embry with editorial decisions
·       Nominated journal articles for awards

Founding Board Member and Chair of Publishing/Presentations Committee, BYU Latter-day Saint Educators Society (September 2016–July 2019)
·       Helped organize the board with LeGrand (Buddy) Richards and other members
·       Helped plan three conferences featuring Elder Kim B. Clark, Tad R. Callister, and others

Editor, Ensign magazine (October 1996–October 2001)
·       Served as liaison with the Materials Evaluation Committee to resolve doctrinal and historical issues before printing
·       Supervised team of twenty-four editors to produce biannual conference issues, including posting the first conference talks on the Internet

Associate Editor, Church Publishing Services Department (March–October 1996)
·       Edited curriculum manuals and materials
·       Taught business writing skills to Church employees

Editorial Assistant, Deseret Book Company (February 1994–March 1996)
·       Evaluated manuscripts, edited, wrote marketing copy, proofread, checked digital proofs, and submitted books to press
·       Recruited and trained a team of up to fifty freelance proofreaders and indexers for the text of GospeLink (LDS Collectors Library)

EDUCATION
Master of Arts, English, Brigham Young University (August 1995), 3.9 GPA
Bachelor of Arts, English, Brigham Young University (August 1991), 3.8 GPA, Cum Laude
·       Master’s thesis: “Gender Stereotypes in Victorian Boys’ Books

·       National Merit Scholar, Presidential Scholarship (four-year, full-tuition scholarship)

AWARDS FOR EDITING OR COPYEDITING
2019: Mormon History Association’s Best International Book Award for James A. Toronto, Eric R Dursteler, and Michael W. Homer, Mormons in the Piazza: History of the Latter-day Saints in Italy
2019: Harvey B. and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (Gospel Scholarship, Ancient Scripture) for Ann M. Madsen and Shon D. Hopkin, Opening Isaiah: A Harmony
2019: Harvey B. and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (Gospel Scholarship, Church History and Doctrine) for Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and David M. Whitchurch, My Dear Sister: Letters between Joseph F. Smith and Martha Ann Smith Harris
2018: Smith-Pettit Best Book Award (John Whitmer Historical Association) for Roy A. Prete and Carma T. Prete, Canadian Mormons: History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada
2018: Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (Gospel Scholarship for LDS Audiences, Church History and Doctrine) for Fred E. Woods, Kalaupapa: The Mormon Experience in an Exiled Community
2017: Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (Gospel Scholarship for LDS Audiences, Church History and Doctrine) for Michael Hubbard MacKay, Sacred Space: Exploring the Birthplace of Mormonism
2016: BYU President’s Appreciation Award for work as executive editor, given to four BYU administrative employees annually
2015: Religious Education Dean’s Award for “vital work as executive editor, including training and mentoring student editing interns and ensuring high quality of publications with his sound judgment, careful eye, and editing ‘magic wand’”
2015: Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (Church History and Doctrine, Gospel Scholarship) for Kip Sperry, Nauvoo and Hancock County, Illinois: A Guide to Family History and Historical Sources
2014: Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (Ancient Scripture) for Daniel L. Belnap, ed., By Our Rites of Worship: Latter-day Saint Ritual in Scripture, History, and Practice
2013: Religious Education Exceptional Performance Award for work as executive editor
2013: MHA’s Best International Article Award for Ronald E. Bartholomew, “The Role of Local Missionaries in Nineteenth-Century England,” in Go Ye into All the World, ed. Reid L. Neilson and Fred E. Woods
2013: Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (Church History and Doctrine, Gospel Scholarship) for Kenneth L. Alford, ed., Civil War Saints
2012: Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (Ancient Scripture) for Robert L. Millet, ed., No Weapon Shall Prosper: New Light on Sensitive Issues
2010: MHA’s Geraldine McBride Woodward Award for Best Publication in International Mormon History for Roger P. Minert, In Harm’s Way: East German Latter-day Saints in World War II
2009: MHA’s Geraldine McBride Woodward Award for Best Publication in International Mormon History for Mark L. Grover, A Land of Promise and Prophecy: Elder A. Theodore Tuttle in South America, 1960–1965
2006: MHA’s Steven F. Christensen Best Documentary Award for Donald G. Godfrey and Kenneth W. Godfrey, eds., The Diaries of Charles Ora Card: The Utah Years, 1871–1886


AFFILIATIONS
Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association (formerly LDS Publishing Professionals Association), BYU Latter-day Saint Educators Society, Mormon History Association, Pacific History Association, Society of American Magicians, Sons of Utah Pioneers

ARTICLES, CHAPTERS, OR REVIEWS
Jensen, R. Devan. “The Mail, the Trail, and the War: The Brigham Young Express and Carrying Company.” In Business and Religion: The Intersection of Faith and Religion, edited by Matthew C. Godfrey and Michael Hubbard MacKay, 151–74. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2019.
Jensen, R. Devan, Scott R. Christensen, and Darren Parry. “‘Like Fire in the Dry Grass”: Mass Shoshone Conversions and the Christensen Teaching Scroll.” Pioneer 66, no. 1 (2019): pages forthcoming.
Jensen, R. Devan, and Kenneth L. Alford. “Militiaman William Stowell and the Utah War.” Pioneer 65, no. 3 (2018): 22–31.
Jensen, R. Devan. “Philo Dibble’s Dream of ‘a Gallery in Zion,'” Journal of Mormon History 44, no. 4 (October 2018): 19–39.
———. Book notice for At Sword’s Point, Parts 1 and 2, edited by William P. MacKinnonBYU Studies Quarterly 57, no. 1 (2018): 220–21.
———. Review of Documents, Volume 5: October 1835–January 1838, edited by Brent M. Rogers, et al., vol. 5 of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith PapersJournal of Mormon History 44, no. 1 (January 2018): 186–88.
Top, Brent L., and R. Devan Jensen, “Key Priorities and Initiatives Related to Our Mission.” BYU Religious Education Review, Winter 2018, 20–25.
Jensen, R. Devan, and Kenneth L. Alford. “I Was Not Ready to Die Yet: William Stowell’s Utah War Ordeal.” BYU Studies Quarterly 56, no. 4 (2017): 29–52. (nominated for MHA Best Article Award)
———. Review of At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women, edited by Jennifer Reeder and Kate Holbrook. JWHA Journal (Fall/Winter 2017): 138–40.
Norgren, Brent R., and R. Devan Jensen. “Around the World with the Religious Studies Center,” BYU Religious Education Review, Fall 2017: 6–7.
———. Review of At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Womenedited by Jennifer Reeder and Kate HolbrookMormon Historical Studies 18, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 80–82.
Woods, Fred E., and R. Devan Jensen. “‘We Rang the Bell’: The Launch of Mormonism in Tonga.” Mormon Historical Studies 18, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 43–63.
Woods, Fred E., and Devan Jensen, with Katie Lambert. “The Country with the Largest Number of Mormons Per Capita and How Members Live Their Faith.” LDS Living (online), April 19, 2017.
———. “The Church in Tonga.” LDS Living, March/April 2017, 59–64.
Wilson, Keith J., Richard G. Moore, and Devan Jensen. “The Community of Christ and Other Restoration Movements,” BYU Religious Education Review, Winter 2017, 18–23.
Jensen, R. Devan, “Sharing Love with Friends,” Liahona, February 2017, 68–69.
———. “Sharing Love with Friends.” Friend, February 2017, 15–16.
———. Foreword to Zion’s Trumpet: 1856 and 1857 Welsh Mormon Periodical. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2017.
———. “Keeping Faith Afloat.” New Era, December 2016, 14–17.
———. “Micronesia’s Coming of Age: The Mormon Role in Returning Micronesia to Self-Rule.” Pacific Asia Inquiry 7, no. 1 (Fall 2016): 1–20. (nominated by two historians for MHA Best Article Award)
———. “Mormons Who Guided Micronesia’s Return to Self-Rule.” Mormon Historical Studies 17, nos. 1–2 (Spring and Fall 2016): 195–216.
———. “The RSC as a Training Ground,” BYU Religious Education Review, Fall 2016, 26–27.
———, with Thomas A. Wayment and Brent R. Nordgren. “Elder Holland Helps Celebrate RSC’s Fortieth, Looks to Future.” BYU Religious Education Review, Winter 2015, 14–19.
———. “Innovations in Education: Religion Cornerstone Classes Being Developed.” BYU Religious Education Review, Winter 2015, 26–27.
———. “Publishing Mormon History: A Conversation with Alexander L. Baugh.” Religious Educator 16, no. 1 (2015): 151–61.
———. Review of The Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty Years of Public Perception, by J. B. Haws. Religious Educator 16, no. 1 (2015): 163–66.
———. “The First Branch President in Austria: A Conversation with Roger P. Minert.” BYU Religious Education Review, Fall 2014, 22–23.
———. “MHA Historians Remember the Alamo in San Antonio.” BYU Religious Education Review, Fall 2014, 27–28.
———, with Paul A. Hoffman. “From Mormon Battalion Member to Civil War Soldier: The Military Service of Henry Wells Jackson.” Mormon Historical Studies 15, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 83–109.
———. Review of Mapping Mormonism: An Atlas of Latter-day Saints History, edited by Brandon S. Plewe et al. Religious Educator 15, no. 2 (2014): 155–59.
———. Review of The Mormons: An Illustrated History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, edited by Roy A. Prete. Religious Educator 15, no. 1 (2014): 209–11.
———. “What’s on the Other Side? A Conversation with Brent L. Top on the Spirit World.” Religious Educator 14, no. 2 (2013): 42–63.
———. “Ken McCarty: More Than a Man of Steel, Brick, and Mortar.” BYU Religious Education Review, Winter 2013, 24–25.
———. “A Mormon Moment: A Conversation with J. B. Haws.” BYU Religious Education Review, Winter 2012, 21–22.
———, with Brent R. Nordgren. “B. West Belnap: ‘Charity Endureth.’” BYU Religious Education Review, Winter 2011, 10–15.
———. “BYU-Trained Chaplain Candidates.” BYU Religious Education Review, Winter 2011, 16–17.
———. “Beyond Classroom Walls.” BYU Religious Education Review, Winter 2010, 6–7.
———. “Student Journal Explores the Ancient World.” BYU Religious Education Review, Spring 2009, 22–23.
———. “President Packer’s Teachings: Interview with Clyde J. Williams.” Religious Educator 10, no. 2 (Spring 2009): 19–30.
———. “‘I’ve Lived My Dream!’: A Conversation with Arnold K. Garr.” BYU Religious Education Review, Fall 2008, 16–17.
———. “Thirty Years of Pioneers on Pohnpei, Micronesia.” In Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: The Pacific Isles, ed. Reid L. Neilson, Steven C. Harper, Craig K. Manscill, and Mary Jane Woodger, 93–105. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2008.
———. “Beholding Salvation: A Conversation with S. Kent Brown.” RSC Newsletter 22, no. 1 (2007): 1, 4–5.
———. “We Believe in Being Honest: Use of Copyrighted Material in Teaching.” Religious Educator 6, no. 3 (2005): 137–48.
———. “From Father to Son: Joseph F. McConkie on Gospel Teaching.” Religious Educator 6, no. 3 (2005): 23–32.
———. “The State of Religious Education: An Interview with Andrew C. Skinner.” RSC Newsletter 20, no. 2 (2005): 1–6.
———. “From the Last Supper through the Resurrection: An Interview with Thomas A. Wayment.” RSC Newsletter 19, no. 3 (2004): 1–5.
———. “The Book of Mormon Reference Companion: An Interview with Dennis L. Largey.” RSC Newsletter 19, no. 1 (2004): 1–5.
———. “Three Cheers for Hobbits!” Collegiate Post, January 2004, 2, 5.
———. “Balancing Faith and Intellect: An Interview with President Cecil O. Samuelson,” Religious Educator 4, no. 3 (2003): 1–14.
———. “Follow the Liahona,” Ensign, August 2002, 73.
———Review of Secret City, U.S.A., by Felice Holman. Childrens Book and Media Review 12, no. 3 (1991).

BOOKS
Author, God’s Greatest Gifts: 10 Reasons to Rejoice. Springville, UT: Cedar Fort, 2010.
Compiler (with Jack M. Lyon and others), Best-Loved Poems of the LDS People. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1996. Reprinted in 2008.
Compiler, Gradguide (book given to all BYU graduates in 2002–4).
Compiler (with John W. Welch), Latter-day Saint Essentials: Readings from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism. Provo, UT: BYU Studies and Religious Studies Center, 2002.
Compiler (with Jack M. Lyon and others), Poems That Lift the Soul: A Treasury of Faith and Inspiration. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1998.

SONGS
Lyrics by Devan Jensen, music by Dan Carter. “Long Ago, within a Garden.” HolySheetMusic.
Lyrics by Devan Jensen, music by David Zabriskie. “Taught by Their Mothers.” LDSMusicSource.
Lyrics by Devan Jensen, music by David Zabriskie. “With Thankful Hearts.” LDSMusicSource.

PRESENTATIONS
2019 (October): Western History Association Conference, Las Vegas, “George Washington Hill’s and Dimick Huntington’s Missions to American Indians”
2019 (June): Washington, DC, Church History Symposium, Kensington, Maryland, “Senator Elbert D. Thomas: Washington’s Advocate for World Citizens”
2019 (June): Mormon History Association Conference, Salt Lake City, “Dimick Huntington and George Washington Hill: Early Missionaries to Utah’s Indians”; led postconference tour to Bear River Massacre site
2018 (November): Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association National Conference, Provo, “How to Edit Authors—and Still Be Friends”
2018 (September): Utah State Historical Conference, West Valley City, “Mail before the Rail: Rise and Demise of the Brigham Young Express and Carrying Company"
2018 (June): Mormon History Association Conference, Boise, “Settling Preston: A New Homeland for Immigrants”
2018 (May): Sons of Utah Pioneers National Historic Symposium, Salt Lake City, “Militiaman William Stowell’s Utah War Ordeal”
2018 (March): BYU Church History Symposium, Salt Lake City, “The Mail, the Trail, and the War: Rise and Fall of the Y. X. Carrying Company”
2017 (September): Latter-day Saint Publishing Professionals Conference, Salt Lake City: “Building Worlds: An Interview with Brandon Sanderson” and “Climbing the Publishing Mountain (Journals and Magazines)”
2016 (October): Mormon Pacific Historical Society, Laie, Hawaii, “‘We Rang the Bell’: Early Beginnings of Mormonism in Tonga”
2016 (June): Mormon History Association, Snowbird, Utah, “Line upon Line: Joseph Smith’s Growing Understanding of Families and Heaven” (featured in LDS Church News)
2016 (April): Independent Book Publishers Association, Salt Lake City, “Magazines and Journals: Seven Steps in the Thousand-Mile Journey”
2016 (May): Pacific History Association Conference, Guam, “Decolonizing Micronesia after World War II: The Mormon Factor”
2015 (November): Dedication Ceremony for Henry Wells Jackson Plaque, Pioneer Memorial Museum, Salt Lake City (mentioned in Provo Daily Herald)
2015 (August): Latter-day Saint Publishing Professionals Conference, Provo, Utah, “Test-Drive Your First Job: Internships, Experience, and Mentors”
2015 (June): Mormon History Association Conference, Provo, Utah, “Philo Dibble’s Dream of ‘A Gallery in Zion’” (featured in LDS Church News)
2014 (December): Pacific History Association Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, “Casting the Net: Latter-day Saint Missionaries in Micronesia in the 1970s”
2014 (September): Utah State History Conference, Salt Lake City, “Gold Panner to Mail Pioneer: Henry Wells Jackson’s Unlikely Path to the Civil War”
2014 (June): Mormon History Association Conference, San Antonio, “‘Pray God That My Life Be Spared’: The Military Service of Henry Wells Jackson” (featured in LDS Church News)
2013 (March) BYU Church History Symposium, “Personal Glimpses of Joseph F. Smith: Adolescent to Prophet”
2011 (August): BYU Campus Education Week, Provo, “Finding Peace in the Storm”
2010 (August): BYU Campus Education Week, Provo, “God’s Greatest Gifts”
2008 (May): Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History, New Zealand, “Thirty Years of Pioneers on Pohnpei, Micronesia”


HOBBIES
·       Cyclist, hiker, historian, magician (performed for thousands), pianist, Scout leader, singer (Millennial Choirs & Orchestras)

HYPERLINKS TO PACIFIC ARTICLES
Woods, Fred E., and R. Devan Jensen, “We Rang the Bell’: Olonzo D. Merrill and the Launch of Mormonism in Tonga,” Mormon Historical Studies 18, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 43–63, presentation mentioned in Church News.
Woods, Fred E., and R. Devan Jensen, with Katie Lambert. “The Country with the Largest Number of Mormons Per Capita and How Members Live Their Faith.” LDS Living (online), April 19, 2017.
———. “The Church in Tonga.” LDS Living, March/April 2017, 59–64.
R. Devan Jensen, “Sharing Love with Friends,” Liahona, February 2017, 68–69. (Chuuk)
———. “Sharing Love with Friends.” Friend, February 2017, 15–16. (Chuuk)
———. “Keeping Faith Afloat,” New Era, December 2016, 14–17. (Chuuk)
———.  “Micronesia’s Coming of Age: The Mormon Role in Returning Micronesia to Self-Rule.” Pacific Asia Inquiry 7, no. 1 (Fall 2016): 1–20. (nominated by two historians for MHA Best Article Award)
———. “The Role of Mormon Politicians in Micronesia’s Return to Self-Rule.” Mormon Historical Studies, October 2016, 43–62.
———. “Thirty Years of Pioneers on Pohnpei, Micronesia.” In Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: The Pacific Isles, ed. Reid L. Neilson, Steven C. Harper, Craig K. Manscill, and Mary Jane Woodger, 93–105. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2008, 93–105.

COPYEDITED PACIFIC HISTORIES
Riley Moffat, Fred E. Woods, and Brent R. Anderson, Saints of Tonga: A Century of Island Faith (forthcoming).
Christensen, Clinton D. Stories of the Temple in Lā'ie, Hawaii. Laie, HI: Jonathan Napela Institute for Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Studies, forthcoming.
Britsch, R. Lanier. Moramona, 2nd edition. Laie, HI: Jonathan Napela Institute for Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Studies, 2018.
Woods, Fred E. Kalaupapa: The Mormon Experience in an Exiled CommunityProvo, UT: Religious Studies Center; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2017.
Woodger, Mary Jane, Riley M. Moffat, and Fred E. Woods, Sacred and Historical Places: Hawaii. Laie, HI: Jonathan Napela Institute for Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Studies; BYU–Hawaii; Mormon Historic Sites Foundation, 2016.
Pratte, Alf, and Eric B. Shumway, BYU–Hawaii: Prophetic DestinyLaie, HI: BYU–Hawaii, 2015.
Reid L. Neilson, Steven C. Harper, Craig K. Manscill, and Mary Jane Woodger, eds., Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: The Pacific Isles. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2008.
Underwood, Grant, Pioneers in the Pacific: Memory, History, and Cultural Identity among the Latter-day SaintsProvo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 2005. 

MAINTAINED PACIFIC HISTORY ARCHIVES
https://www.facebook.com/Pohnpei-Church-History-841530472530033/
Members in Micronesia (Dropbox archive of oral histories and photos of Latter-day Saint converts in Guam, Chuuk, Marshall Islands, Palau, Pohnpei, Saipan, and Yap)








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