Gabriela C. Weaver of Purdue University has been named associate provost for faculty development and director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development.
Weaver is currently the Jerry and Rosie Semler Director of the Discovery Learning Research (DLRC) and professor of chemistry and science education at Purdue University. The DLRC was founded in 2004 with a mission to advance STEM education, at all academic levels, through research and innovation. Working in collaboration with partners across all schools and colleges at Purdue, the DLRC manages and is an active participant in approximately 20 externally funded research projects in any given year. These grants have brought more than $118 million in funding to Purdue since 2004.
Weaver’s accomplishments at Purdue include leading the design of professional development workshops and assessment activities for Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT), an initiative to provide support, faculty development and infrastructure for changing teaching at Purdue to be more student-centered and research-based. She also envisioned and organized the first Transforming Education conference, an international meeting on the subject of transforming STEM undergraduate education by applying research-based findings to actual classroom practice. Prior to Weaver’s appointment to lead the DLRC, she served as the associate head of the department of chemistry at Purdue. She was also a member of the faculty at the University of Colorado, Denver, and received her doctorate in chemical physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
“I am delighted that Dr. Gabriela Weaver will be joining the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development as its new associate provost and director,” said Joel Martin, vice provost for academic personnel and dean of the faculty. “She is a proven administrator, award-winning teacher and renowned researcher who is known for encouraging innovation and collaboration. Her exceptional background will enable her to excel in this important position that bridges faculty needs and university goals.”
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development supports the professional development of faculty across all career stages and disciplines with a wide range of programs and resources focused on teaching, mentoring, scholarly writing, tenure preparation, leadership, and work/life balance. In collaboration with the Graduate School, the center also provides teaching development support for graduate students.
“What drew me to the University of Massachusetts Amherst was the opportunity to lead an established, highly regarded Center for Teaching and Faculty Development,” Weaver said. “I am excited to work with an engaged and dedicated faculty on a wide variety of teaching and professional development initiatives across campus.” She added, “I feel especially fortunate to build on the decades-long work of Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli, who has served as a model for thoughtful, inclusive and innovative leadership.”
Weaver will begin her new duties on Sept 1. She succeeds Sorcinelli, the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, who will retire on Aug. 31 after 25 years of service.