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Jenn Weaver, Associate Director for University Teaching

Jenn Weaver, Ph.D.
Associate Director for University Teaching
Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach

Office Location: Center for Student Services,
414 S. Holliston Ave. (Building 86), 3rd Floor North, Room 351. 
Mailing Address: 
1200 E. California Blvd, Mail Code 369-86, Pasadena, CA 91125
Phone: (626) 395-1299 

Jenn is the Associate Director of University Teaching at Caltech’s Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach. She inaugurated the first course for Caltech faculty on teaching in university STEM and implemented the first short course for Caltech graduate students and post-docs on course design. She will be teaching her third Faculty Summer Short Course on course design this summer, and is currently teaching her fourth ABCs of Course Design short course for graduate students and post-docs. Jenn also teaches the winter section of E110 - Principles of Teaching and Learning in University STEM to graduate students and post-docs.

Jenn gives numerous other workshops and seminars throughout the year on topics such as teaching statements, inclusive classrooms, and preparing for your first class. She is the primary advisor for the Caltech Project for Effective Teaching, which organizes quarterly seminars and journal club meetings and administers the CPET Certificates of Interest and Practice in University Teaching. Jenn also offers numerous undergraduate TA orientations throughout the year, and serves as the primary advisor for the undergraduate Academics and Research Committee's sub-committee on Course Concerns.

Jenn earned her Honours B.Sc. in Biology and Physical Geography at the University of Toronto, her Masters in Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, and her PhD, with a focus on Ecological Modelling, at the University of Toronto. She then held a two-year post-doctoral position at UC Berkeley, with a dual appointment to the Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology (BiGCB) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), where she was their STEM specialist.

Previously, Jenn wrote the Faculty Developer guide for an online Faculty Learning Program, as part of a NSF Widening Implementation & Demonstration of Evidence-Based Reforms (WIDER) grant given to UC Berkeley’s CTL and the Lawrence Hall of Science. She also was the lecturer for numerous undergraduate courses in physical geography, biogeography and environmental science at the University of Toronto. She volunteers with multiple science outreach organizations, including Dinner with a Scientist, Bay Area Scientists in Schools, Engineers without Borders, and Let’s Talk Science.

Jenn's foci in educational development include active learning, retention in STEM disciplines, diversity, and course design. Most recently, she was honored to receive the Alumni Emerging Leader award from Victoria College at the University of Toronto. At Caltech, she has been honored to receive the Dr. James King Jr. Award for Student Diversity, proud to be nominated by multiple students as Mentor of the Year, and excited to receive the Caltech Team Impact Award. In addition, Jenn has been the recipient of grants, fellowships, and awards from the Canadian National Science and Education Research Council, the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, the Society for Mathematical Biology, the International Biogeography Society, the Ecological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, and the International Association of Landscape Ecology.