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Jonathan R. Weaver (he/him/his) is an Associate Professor and Director of Online Learning in the Psychology Department at Michigan State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of South Florida. His research has primarily explored the beliefs about manhood and the implications for men’s physical aggression, risk-taking behaviors, attitudes towards gay men, and romantic relationships. Specifically, his past research has focused on the precariousness of manhood status and the consequences that follow from a manhood threat. Other, recent, questions revolve around pedagogical strategies and include: What can be done to improve note taking in the classroom?  Is it possible to create an active and engaged learning environment for 500+ people?  How can instructors improve engagement in critical thinking in large courses using discussion board type activities? How can we evaluate and eventually elevate excellent teaching and how can we set these standards?

Jonathan is a past Adams Academy Fellow. Additionally, while at MSU, he has received the Integrative Studies in Social Science Teaching Excellence Award, the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Initiative Award, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Teacher Scholar Travel Award. However, his greatest career accomplishment at MSU was receiving the 2022 MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities Spirit of Ability Award.

In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys family adventures, watching and reading about basketball, collecting TMNT toys, reading Sci-Fi, perfecting breakfast sandwiches, and going through his old sports card collection.