Gabriela Weaver

Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD)/ Department of Chemistry

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Gabriela C. Weaver is Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Director of the

Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) and professor of

chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. Weaver received her B.S. in Chemistry in 1989 from the California Institute of

Technology, and her Ph.D. in Chemical Physics in 1994 from the University of

Colorado at Boulder.

       Dr. Weaver joined the Chemistry faculty at the University of Colorado at Denver in 1994 and joined the

Chemistry faculty at Purdue University in 2001, where she served as Associate Head of the department

from 2008-2009 and as the Jerry and Rosie Semler Director of the Discovery Learning Research Center

from 2008-2014. Dr. Weaver’s research work in science education has focused on using inquiry-based

methods for teaching science and on supplementing innovative instruction with technology tools. She

has also engaged in work on faculty development and institutional transformation toward

institutionalizing research-based teaching practices. Her book, Transforming Institutions: Undergraduate

STEM Education for the 21st Century, was released in 2015, co-authored by Linda Slakey, Willie Burgess and Amy Childress

        From 2004-2012 she directed the NSF-funded Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education

(CASPiE), a consortium of 17 universities and 2-year colleges that developed and implemented a

teaching approach to provide 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students with authentic research

experiences as part of their laboratory coursework. Initially developed for chemistry, the program is now

being adopted in other science disciplines, including biology and atmospheric sciences. Over 5200

students at 17 institutions nationwide and in Australia have been through the program in the last 5 years.

The success of the program among several different dimensions of learning and perception has been

assessed. New institutions continue to adapt the CASPiE approach – the newest of which is the United

States Military Academy at West Point, combining research projects in analytical chemistry, toxicology

and chemical engineering through the CASPiE framework.

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My Interest in ASCN: Gabriela Weaver part of Accelerating Systemic Change Network:Member Profiles
University of Massachusetts-Amherst Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD)/ Department of Chemistry Vice Provost for Faculty Development/Director of TEFD/Professor of Chemistry Prior ...

My Interest in ASCN: Gabriela Weaver part of Accelerating Systemic Change Network:Workshop: July 2016:Participant Profiles
University of Massachusetts-Amherst Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD)/ Department of Chemistry Vice Provost for Faculty Development/Director of TEFD/Professor of Chemistry Prior ...

Improving Learning by Transforming the Evaluation of Teaching: Resources, Challenges, and Change Processes part of Accelerating Systemic Change Network:Transforming Institutions Conference:Program:Thematic Symposia
Promoting widespread use of evidence-based educational practices (EBEPs) is an important and continuing challenge across higher education institutions. Achieving significant change in teaching and learning requires ...