Warren Code, PhD

Warren is a UBC Faculty of Science graduate, with a BSc in Honours Mathematics. After MSc work in Sturm-Liouville problems with eigenparameter-dependent boundary conditions at the University of Saskatchewan, he returned to UBC for doctoral studies in optimal control and nonsmooth analysis, completing his PhD in December, 2009. He was fortunate for the opportunity to transfer a passion for teaching mathematics that grew during graduate school to a post-doc as a Science Teaching and Learning Fellow (STLF) with the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) in the Mathematics Department. This was an opporuntiy to explore issues around teaching and learning in much greater depth than his previous classroom experience, with projects primarily concerned with first-year calculus courses and introductory Matlab training for engineering students. After three years with CWSEI in Math, Warren joined Skylight as a Strategist for Teaching and Learning Initiatives in January, 2013. He has since taken a more substantial role in the leadership of CWSEI as administration for the Initiative has shifted to Skylight.

In his current role as Associate Director, Special Initiatives for Skylight, Warren advises and assists in planning, research/evaluation and management for a range of teaching and learning projects across the Faculty of Science, with a particular focus on the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) and related UBC initiatives. Warren is responsible for advising and professional development for department-based teaching and learning fellows, evaluating impact on students and faculty, and connecting (via correspondence and on-campus visits) with people from UBC and other institutions interested in the accomplishments in teaching and learning within the Faculty of Science.


Selected publications:


Code, W., Merchant, S., Maciejewski, W., Thomas, M., & Lo, J. (2016). The Mathematics Attitudes and Perceptions Survey: an instrument to assess expert-like views and dispositions among undergraduate mathematics students. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology (IJMEST), available online, 21 pages. The original publication is available via Taylor & Francis Online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0020739X.2015.1133854 (Author self-archive version available here). For the survey itself and similar surveys in various fields of science, see the CWSEI Resources surveys section.


Chasteen, S. V., Perkins, K. K., Code, W. J., and Wieman, C. E. (2015). The Science Education Initiative: An Experiment in Scaling Up Educational Improvements in a Research University. In G. C. Weaver, W. D. Burgess, A. L. Childress, and L. Slakey (Eds.), Transforming Institutions: Undergraduate STEM Education for the 21st Century (pp. 125-139). West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press.


Code, W., Piccolo, C., Kohler, D., & MacLean, M. (2014). Teaching methods comparison in a large calculus class. ZDM, 46(4), 589–601. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com along with the supplemental material: doi:10.1007/s11858-014-0582-2 (Author self-archive version available here).


Lo, J., Stewart, J., Code, W., & Birol, G. (2013). Measuring student beliefs, attitudes and dispositions relative to experts in science and mathematics: the C-LASS survey and its derivatives. Presentation at The Western Conference on Science Education 2013. Retrieved from http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/wcse/WCSEThirteen/july10/13


Code, W., & Piccolo, C. (2011). Facilitated Group Problem-Solving Sessions in First-year Calculus. Poster at The Western Conference on Science Education 2011. Retrieved from http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/wcse/WCSEEleven/Wed_July_6/31


Code, W. J., & Loewen, P. D. (2011). Optimal Control of Non-convex Measure-driven Differential Inclusions. Set-Valued and Variational Analysis, 19(2), 203–235. doi:10.1007/s11228-010-0138-8


Code, W. J., & Silva, G. N. (2010). Closed loop stability of measure-driven impulsive control systems. Journal of Dynamical and Control Systems, 16(1), 1–21. doi:10.1007/s10883-010-9085-9


Code, W. J. (2010). Measure-driven impulsive systems: stabilization, optimal control and applications. UBC Doctoral Thesis available online.