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Jennifer Frederick, founding Executive Director of the Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, received her B.A. in Chemistry from Cornell and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Yale. Following faculty appointments at public and private Connecticut universities, Frederick returned to Yale in 2007 as Associate Director, Science Education Specialist in the graduate school. She assumed positions of increasing responsibility, including Director of the Center for Scientific Teaching, where she led the Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching, a national effort to transform undergraduate STEM teaching. Since 2014, Frederick has directed a campus-wide teaching and learning center which includes SI Central operations. In addition to serving as a Northeast Regional Summer Institute leader, Frederick has been PI on multimillion-dollar grants from the Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. A teacher at heart, Frederick is committed to evidence-based, inclusive pedagogy as the cornerstone of her work on and off campus.

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