Jan Wiersema is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Agronomy Department, the activities director for Project LEA/RN, and one of the lead instructors for the Learning & Leadership Sciences Minor in CALS. She has also served as a co-facilitator of the leadership development component of the NSF SFS Cyber Corps program at Iowa State. Jan has a background as a high school science teacher and a leader of cooperative learning training for educators. Her research specialty is helping students develop as responsible learners and as effective leaders. In addition to her direct work with students, she also helps faculty in diverse disciplines become more effective at leading learning for their students. She continues to apply the results of on-going research to her own work of developing communities of learners.