Professor Wienhausen received her Ph.D. from Westfälische Wilhelms Universität in 1979 and joined the Division of Biological Sciences in 1987. As Associate Dean for Education in the Division of Biological Sciences (2007-2015), Professor Wienhausen provided leadership for the strategic and operational aspects of the Division's educational mission. Her broad portfolio as Associate Dean included increasing the effectiveness of the faculty's teaching, promoting the needs of a diverse faculty and student body, improving the quality of the educational experience for the Division's undergraduate and graduate students, and facilitating the implementation of educational activities with other schools and other departments on campus, as well as with community and K-12 schools.
She brings to the faculty directorship of the Teaching & Learning Commons, a track record of providing vision, coordinating diverse constituencies, and working tirelessly in leadership roles that profoundly impact students. She has served as founding Provost of UC San Diego's Sixth College, founding faculty member and co-director of the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Math and Science Education, Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded PRIME international summer research program, Principal Investigator for the Howard Hughes Science Enrichment Program, founding co-director of the COSMOS summer math and science initiative, and co-founder of the Global TIES multidisciplinary internship program.