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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 teaches the winter section of E110 - Principles of Teaching and Learning in University STEM to graduate students and post-docs. 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. She gives numerous other workshops and seminars throughout the year on topics such as teaching statements, inclusive classrooms, and preparing for your first class. Jenn is the primary advisor for the Caltech Project for Effective Teaching, which organizes numerous seminars and journal club meetings throughout the year 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.  As a post-doctoral scholar with BiGCB, she led the Species Interactions and Global Change working group and her research focused on species distribution models. 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. At Caltech, she was honored to receive the Dr. James King Jr. Award for Student Diversity, was nominated by multiple students as Mentor of the Year, and, along with fellow colleagues at the CTLO, received the Caltech Team Impact Award. 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.