Faculty Spotlight: Kathy Weaver, Senior Lecturer

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Kathy Weaver decided to transition into a more technical industry working as a consulting contractor for a variety of corporations, including General Mills, 3Com, and the Navy, to implement Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing (SAP) practices and training.

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Kathy WeaverAfter leaving public schooling as a Kindergarten teacher, Kathy Weaver decided to transition into a more technical industry working as a consulting contractor for a variety of corporations, including General Mills, 3Com, and the Navy, to implement Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing (SAP) practices and training. She also spent time working for the King County Libraries in Washington state and as a webmaster for Boeing. In between contracts, Kathy continued to teach at higher education institutions for over two decades before receiving her Master's degree in Instructional Systems Development and her PhD in Human-Centered Computing. The rich diversity in her academic and professional experiences gave her the confidence to teach new topics in information science, arriving at the iSchool in the Fall of 2014 to spearhead the Master’s in Information Management capstone course. Along with her time at the iSchool as a senior lecturer, she has offered career services to students and developed information-type events which has morphed into the annual Data Challenge - where students work with real-world data sets and mentors from the industry. Kathy is a fervent adventurer and has been lucky enough to travel to all 50 states and 24 countries. She and her family like to take at least one adventurous trip each year, such as taking the Rocky Mountaineer train from Vancouver to Lake Louise or visiting Maine for a few weeks every summer to relax and enjoy the food and scenery. Occasionally she practices and competes with her dogs in Nose Work trials, where the dogs find scents such as birch, anise, and cloves in a variety of situations.

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