Jennifer Adams

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Jennifer Adams

Adjunct Professor

Jennifer D. Adams is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair of Creativity and Science and Associate Professor at The University of Calgary where she holds a dual appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Werklund School of Education.

Her research focuses on the intersection between creativity and science teaching and learning in postsecondary contexts, more specifically she examines challenges to diversity in science in Canada and the US and how this impedes scientific creativity and innovation.

She has scholarly expertise in science teaching and learning in informal science contexts including museums, National Parks and everyday setting.  Her scholarship also includes youth learning and identity in informal science contexts, with a focus on underrepresented youth and place/identity in transnational communities and environmental education. Her work emphasizes critical, decolonizing, sociocultural frameworks and participatory, qualitative, poststructural methodological approaches.

Prior to her appointment at the University of Calgary, she was on the faculties of Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has also worked as teacher and researcher in NYC public schools and the American Museum of Natural History. Outside of the academy she is a runner and triathlete and has a background in dance and visual art.