Carla Fehr

Carla Fehr

Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy
Department of Philosophy
University of Waterloo


Office Phone: (519) 888-4567


Dr. Fehr holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Waterloo.  Dr. Fehr works at the intersection of Socially Relevant Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology and Feminist Science Studies.  Her research is broadly interdisciplinary and has been published in journals ranging from Molecular Ecology and Ecology, to Philosophy of Science, to the National Women’s Studies Association Journal.  From 2006-2011 Dr. Fehr held a $3.3 million National Science Foundation ADVANCE Grant designed to test strategies for improving the recruitment, promotion and advancement of women in science and engineering faculty positions.  Her current research concerns ways that improving diversity within scientific communities leads to more creative and rigorous research, and to research that better meets a wide range of social needs.  In support of this program she develops critiques of biological and psychological research that supports sexism and racism that leads to a chilly climate for women and minorities in our universities. Dr. Fehr also has a research interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning, focusing on ways that team teaching involving philosophy of science and science faculty members contributes to life-long science literacy.  Carla holds two award for excellence in undergraduate pedagogy.    Dr. Fehr consults broadly campus climate issues and on the development and implementation of flexible career policies.