Jennifer Griswold,


School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology

Dr. Jennifer Griswold, professor of Atmospheric Sciences in the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology, has always sought to engage students through incorporating innovative labs, posing challenging problem-solving projects, encouraging peer-to- peer interaction through group work, and including real-world examples of the principles of the field. “In a world filled with “tweets” and “texts,” and multi-media bombardment on TV and smart phones,” Professor Griswold began incorporating multi-media into her Introduction to Meteorology courses, such as in class quizzes and internet searches as part of small group problem solving on exams and assignments and lecture summaries. A senior colleague takes particular note of “podcasting (students and faculty) and blogging as key components of her teaching. During one semester students produced their own podcasts” and in so doing, “learn how to determine if sources (especially websites) are reliable and appropriate to cite in an assignment.” Dr. Griswold has developed two new courses in the Atmospheric Sciences, one that merges weather and climate information with the cultures of the Pacific Islands and another that taught satellite data acquisition and analysis techniques. By honoring the importance of a teacher’s approachability and accessibility so crucial to a mutual learning experience, and through her ability to adapt Atmospheric Science to a variety of skill levels from undergraduate to graduate, Professor Griswold is recognized by her students as a remarkable professor and advisor, one whose influence draws students from disciplines outside of science to study the atmospheric sciences. Her commitment to teaching has extended to those who struggle and are underrepresented in STEM fields by founding Expanding Your Horizons, a community outreach program that exposes young women in 6-8 th grades to opportunities in STEM. A colleague in her college writes that she “has done more for Atmospheric Sciences in three years than I have seen in nearly 30 years,” through great teaching and mentoring. A colleague from another university writes that, “Professor Jennifer Griswold’s dedication to teaching is often difficult to find among our peers and I truly admire her ability to be innovative in her teaching while keeping up such a rigorous research record. The field of atmospheric science benefits from her endless energy to strive for greatness in both.”

School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology