Jennifer Weaver, Assistant Director for Instructional Practice and Technology
Jenn Weaver, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Instructional Practice and Technology
Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach
Office Location: Center for Student Services,
414 S. Holliston Ave. (Building 86), 3rd Floor North, Room 351.
1200 E. California Blvd, Mail Code 369-86, Pasadena, CA 91125
Phone: (626) 395-1299
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.
At Caltech, Jenn teaches the winter section of E110 - Principles of Teaching and Learning in University STEM to graduate students and post-docs. She also teaches the Faculty Summer Short Course on course design and the 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, preparing for your first class, and Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck in efficient teaching. Jenn is also the primary advisor for the Caltech Project for Effective Teaching co-directors, who organize numerous seminars and journal club meetings throughout the year and adminster the CPET Certificates of Interest and Practice, as well as the undergraduate Academics and Research Committee's sub-committee on Course Concerns.
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 has also taught undergraduate courses in physical geography, biogeography and environmental science. 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 has volunteered 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. She 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 Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology, the International Biogeography Society, the Ecological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, and the International Association of Landscape Ecology.