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Nelson honored for teaching excellence

Lori Nelson drawing on a lightboard.An early adopter of the Looking Glass technology, Lori Nelson actively engages her biology students and promotes the development of a growth mindset in every course she teaches. She was honored with this year’s WSU Tri-Cities Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of her commitment to improvement, thoughtful approach to course design, and development of classes that are creative, interesting, and fun. » More …

Teaching the teachers

Writing with a fountain pen.Earlier this year, six CAS professors spent 12 weeks as learners themselves in the new WORD! Faculty Fellowship program. The experienced educators were challenged to think about how to help students write within the context of their various disciplines.

WORD! workshops help faculty understand “how writing can be the process through which students learn the content and [how to] inspire students to become better » More …

Enhancing undergraduate education

Ruth Gregory, Nikolaus Overtoom, and Patricia Wilde.CAS faculty members are engaged in new projects to improve undergraduate education, thanks to funding from the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Teaching and Learning Endowment.

“The wide scope of projects selected this year reflects a breadth of interests among faculty,” said Mary Wack, vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement. “Their work will impact students across the university.” » More …

Curriculum focus supports criminal justice reform

Students march holding a Black Lives Matter banner on the WSU Pullman campus.As images of George Floyd suffocating beneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer were broadcast globally last spring, WSU’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology was mobilizing.

“We are training the next generation of criminal justice professionals and have a responsibility here,” said department chair Melanie-Angela Neuilly. “Systemic racial bias, fairness and equity are issues we’ve been mindful of and have been including in our curriculum, but we decided to put them at the forefront of everything we do.” » More …

History prof recognized for excellence in teaching

Aaron Whelchel, associate professor of history at WSU Vancouver and WSU Global, is the winner of the 2020-21 Excellence in Online Teaching Award, an annual student-nominated award sponsored by Academic Outreach and Innovation (AOI).

“Dr. Whelchel has an obvious enthusiasm for the material. He gathered wonderfully thought-provoking content, often primary sources, that encouraged me to challenge what I thought I knew about » More …

Faculty veterans lead training

Cougar Veterans, Washington State University.On WSU’s Pullman campus, two English department faculty members, who happen to be veterans themselves, are building awareness and understanding of a unique student population through their Student Veterans Awareness.

“Veterans, military members, and their families are a vital and vibrant part of the WSU Cougar community,” said Mike Edwards, an assistant professor of English. “We want these students to know » More …

Fueling course material innovation

Student with pen, notebook, and e-reader. WSU’s Affordable Learning Grants are helping boost course engagement and saving students thousands of dollars in textbook costs each semester.

Faculty grant recipients Johanna Phelps (English), Collin Shull (Spanish) and Paul Buckley (chemistry) each took different approaches to developing open educational resources (OER), with each project proving highly beneficial to students. » More …

More than just numbers

Sergey Lapin.When he’s not teaching mathematics – from introductory calculus to advanced numerical analysis of elliptic equations – WSU math professor Sergey Lapin might be working to speed detection of deadly disease or to expand understanding of European history, Russian language and culture, Chinese economics, or higher education in America.

A firm believer in pursuing one’s interests and sharing the knowledge gained along the way, Lapin applies his math expertise not only in the classroom but also in research projects aimed at » More …

Q&A with Troy Bennefield

Troy Bennefield.An advocate for new and diverse music, Troy Bennefield is an associate professor of music, director of athletic bands, and associate director of bands in the School of Music.

He is active as a guest-conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and percussionist, and has commissioned or joined consortia for projects, including a collaboration for wind band and wind quintet made possible through » More …