Dr. Jennifer Colby
Jennifer Colby, Ph. D
Arts Education, K – 12 Service Learning, STEM Education, Community Partnerships
and Non-Profit Management
Dr. Jennifer Colby received her PhD in Humanities from the California Institute of Integral Studies, a Masters in Studio Art from Fresno State University, and a Masters of Theology, Religion and the Arts from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where she became the director of Contemporary Art at the Badé Museum, Pacific School of Religion for eight years. Dr. Colby has prepared undergraduates for the teaching profession for over ten years at CSU Monterey Bay. Her research and teaching is in the areas of Arts Education, Service Learning and Science, Social Foundation of Education, and Culture and Equity. Dr. Colby is an artist, curator, and founder of Galeria Tonantzin in San Juan Bautista. She was the project director for the California Council for the Humanities California Stories project multimedia exhibit and CD “Rumme Living River: The Pajaro River Watershed Experience” in 2004, and “The Creeks of Salinas: The Gabilan Watershed Experience in 2010 at the National Steinbeck Center. Her work combining art and watershed restoration returns her first degree in Biology from U.C. Santa Cruz. Named 2007 Champion of the Arts – Educator for Monterey County, she is the founding Co-President of the Monterey Bay Women’s Caucus for Art (1990) and the Women’s Caucus for Art National Board President (2006 – 08).
Over twenty-five years combined experience with Dr. Bynoe in educational research, evaluation and curriculum development, including design of Intro to Teaching and Learning and Liberal Studies – Liberal Arts curriculum; research and design for on-line learning; program evaluation; development of partnerships for Service Learning, grant writing and evaluations for school districts. Current research: “Study of California Teachers, Para Educators, and Teacher Candidates: Motivation, Recruitment and Retention”