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Jennifer M. Case

Department Head and Professor, Department of Engineering Education, Virginia Tech

Jennifer Case is Head and Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. Her research on the student experience of learning, focusing mainly on science and engineering education, has been widely published. She is a coordinating editor for the international journal Higher Education, a co-editor for the Routledge/SRHE series Research into Higher Education and subject editor for the IChemE journal Education for Chemical Engineers.

She began her career with three years of teaching high school mathematics and science, and in 1996 joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT) as its Education Development Officer. As her academic career in engineering education grew she was promoted through the ranks, attaining full professor status at UCT in 2012. She took up the position at Virginia Tech in 2017.

She holds a PhD from Monash University, an MEd from the University of Leeds, and an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. In 2011 she was a Mandela Mellon fellow at Harvard University. She was the founding president (2010-2013) of the South African Society for Engineering Education (SASEE).


  • –present
    Professor - Academic Development, University of Cape Town


  • 2001 
    Monash University, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation