EdD Educational Leadership/sociology, West Virginia University, 2000
MA Sociology (minor psychology), Marshall University, 1980
BA Sociology (minor psychology) Marshall University, 1974
Dr. Susan J. Weaver’s research interests include classroom assessment techniques, history of education in central Appalachia, and social issues. Her current projects include two book projects.
She came to University of the Cumberlands as founding director of the Center for Teaching and Learning as part of the Thinking Across the Curriculum (CTAC) which was the focus of UC’s 2005 Quality Enhancement Plan. While on campus 2005-2015, she served as Dean of Teaching and Learning, Director of Assessment, Director of the Honors Program in addition to service on multiple other committees.
Dr. Weaver has taught for over twenty-five years in venues ranging from classrooms, satellite studios, prison, and high schools. In addition to her work for UC, she current serves as a volunteer faculty member teaching introductory sociology in UN refugee camps in Kenya, Malawi, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.
She has presented papers at multiple conferences including, most recently, the Appalachian College Association, Pedagogicon, and the Southern Sociological Society annual meeting.
She currently teaches from her home in Durham, NC after relocating in 2015 because of family need. In addition to teaching, she volunteers at a local school and for a non-partisan fair elections initiative and serves on the education committee for an environmental organization. Her interests include hiking and exploring the culture of the area.
Weaver, S. (2018, September 28). Deploying awareness of Appalachia’s past to create a positive future. Paper presented at the Appalachian College Association Summit, Kingsport, TN.
Weaver, S., Lockhart, C. & Warren, G. (2018, May 18). Best practices for engaging introverts. Paper presented at Pedagogicon, Richmond, KY.
Weaver, S. (2018, February 15). Rethinking course design and assessment from a student perspective. Poster session presented at the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (CHEP), Blacksburg, VA.
Weaver, S., Chambers, J., Goldman, K. (2017, September30). Creative strategies to assess competence while building confidence. Paper presented at the Appalachian College Association Summit, Kingsport, TN.
Anderson, P., Anson, C., Fish, T., Gonyea, R., Marshall M., Menefee-Libey, W.,…Weaver, S. (2017, Winter). How writing contributes to learning: A national study and local applications. AAC&U Peer Review, 19(1), 4-8.
Weaver, S., Warren, G. (2016, September 30). Infusing critical health issues into the curriculum. Paper presented at the Appalachian College Association Summit, Kingsport, TN.
Weaver, S., (2016, April 14) Family, gender, policies, and intro sociology in UN refugee camps. Paper presented at the Southern Sociological Society Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
Weaver, S. (2016, April 14). Envisioning community role through examples: Rwandan Maison Shalom and Israeli kibbutzim. Paper presented at the Southern Sociological Society Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
Weaver, S., (2016, February). Tripod of support for metacognition: Lessons from international refugee programs. It Works for Me Metacognitively, New Forums Press.
Weaver, S., (2015, April). Ultra TLC to flip without fizzles and flops. It Works for Me: Flipping the Classroom. New Forums Press.
FACULTY EXPERTISE: Diversity/Ethics, Research, Sociology of Education, Policy Analysis, Appalachia, Marriage and Family, International Sociology