Westfield State plans to resume its traditional, on-campus schedule for fall 2020. Given the ongoing uncertainties related to COVID-19, we believe it is also prudent to develop contingency plans. Updates will be communicated as they become available.

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Biography of Dr. Jennifer Hanselman

Dean of the College of Mathematics and Sciences

Dr. Jennifer Hanselman has served as chair since 2016 and has taught in the department since 2008. She had a leading role in the design and planning of the Nettie Stevens Science and Innovation Center; served on several search and other committees and councils that made an impact in the Biology Department, and across the University. During her tenure, Dr. Hanselman has worked on several pivotal grants, supervised honors projects, and served as the University’s NCAA Division III Faculty Athletic Representative.

Beyond the University, Dr. Hanselman has held consultant and contract positions in the STEM fields and her community involvement has included board and other volunteer positions with local high schools and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Westfield State University, she held teaching positions at Florida Institute of Technology, Brevard Community College, and Palm Bay High School.

Dr. Hanselman received her Bachelor of Science in education/biology; Master of Science in education/conservation biology; and Ph.D. in ecology and conservation biology, all from the Florida Institute of Technology.