Yen-Chu Weng

Lecturer

Yen-Chu Weng

Lecturer

Courses

  • ENVIR 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENVIR 250: Research Methods for Environmental Studies
  • ENVIR 300: Analysis of Environmental Cases
  • ENVIR 495 C: Socio-Environmental Data Analysis Workshop

Education

  • B.S. Geography, National Taiwan University, 2003
  • M.S. Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
  • Ph.D. Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011

As a geographer, I have always been interested in exploring the connections between human societies and the environment. I received broad training in both the biophysical sciences and the social sciences and integrated quantitative, qualitative, and GIS methods into my research projects. My master’s thesis analyzed the spatio-temporal changes of urban landscape patterns in response to urbanization, with a focus on green space conservation.

In my doctoral research, I explored different perspectives on ecological restoration from the standpoints of scientists, professional practitioners, and volunteers. Based on case studies from Wisconsin and Michigan, I cross-examined the meanings of science, nature, and participation embedded in restoration ideologies and practices.

I enjoy teaching and experimenting with innovative pedagogy in the core program courses I teach. At the University of Washington, I engage with the latest development in pedagogy through the Center for Teaching and Learning. I was selected as Technology Teaching Fellow of 2016 and am an active member of the UW’s Evidence-Based Teaching initiative. Externally, I have been involved in the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center’s program on “Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies.” I also serve on the editorial board of the Journal for Case Studies in the Environment.

In addition to teaching and research, I advise students on various Capstone projects, including topics about environmental education, greenway infrastructure, sustainability design, community outreach, clean-up site prioritization and many others.