Kat Weaver, Ph.D., serves as vice provost for research, professional development, and online learning at Loyola Marymount University. As vice provost, Dr. Weaver provides leadership for LMU’s external grant and contract funding opportunities and processes, as well as leadership and guidance for tenure and promotion procedures, student-faculty research initiatives, and events and programs related to faculty development, orientation, and recognition. She also leverages opportunities for online delivery of an LMU education. Weaver’s grant and fundraising accomplishments include $5.26 million to fund her own research as well as institutional support for faculty innovation and curriculum reform and student research training and support since joining LMU.
Weaver earned her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research on land snails and freshwater fish has been published in a variety of journal articles and technical reports. She also publishes and presents frequently about STEM education, with a focus on racial and gender equity. Dr. Weaver came to LMU in 2018 from the University of La Verne, where she served on the faculty for 12 years, most recently as professor of biology and as associate dean of learning, innovation, and teaching. Weaver’s textbook, “An Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Research,” utilizes an electronic format that supports hybrid learning.