Profile: Jessica Renee Weiler
Dr. Jess Weiler is an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Educational Leadership program in the College of Education and Allied Professions at Western Carolina University. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in communication sciences and disorders from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She worked as a speech-language pathologist in both healthcare and educational settings throughout southern California before moving to Wisconsin where she served as a clinical and adjunct instructor at UWMilwaukee, in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Following her passion to improve educational services for students who learn differently or struggle to learn, Dr. Weiler earned her doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Believing that effective educator-collaboration is a pillar of student success, her dissertation examined the factors that can inhibit or support the success of teacher-teams in beginning professional learning communities. Before working at WCU, Dr. Weiler worked as a high school administrator in Western North Carolina. Dr. Weiler continues to work with schools across Western North Carolina helping them to develop, grow, and sustain collaborative cultures, emphasizing teaching-teaming that leverages equity and social justice. Her present research and publications focus on educational leadership and preparation for social justice, with an emphasis on systemic approaches to equity.