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Core-to-Career program enhances career readiness

The inaugural Core to Career cohort.Starting early in their college program, WSU students will soon directly experience how college coursework prepares them to be career ready, thanks to a University Common Requirements (UCORE) general education pilot program.

“In this way, classes across several disciplines will feature messaging about career-readiness, and these lessons will impact students even before they declare their majors,” said Clif Stratton, UCORE director and » More …

Digital media expert recognized for teaching excellence

Dene Grigar.There’s a reason why WSU Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture (CMDC) program has grown exponentially since it was founded in 1997: Dene Grigar, its director. Since she arrived on campus in 2006, the program has grown from 44 to 232 majors and serves 600 WSU Vancouver students each semester. Mindful of the competitive nature of » More …

Q&A with Julie Ann Wieck

Julie Anne Wieck.An talented singer and pianist, and an active adjudicator and clinician, Associate Professor Julie Anne Wieck leads by example to motivate her vocal students.

She is director of opera and musical theatre and voice area coordinator for the School of Music, and presently serves on the National Advisory Board on Auditions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. » More …

Pivoting academics during the pandemic

hands on a laptop computer_stockTen minutes before the official start time, Paul Buckley posts the first note in the chat box. “Happy Friday, everyone!” Today’s topics are already listed on the screen: properties of gases, gas pressure and units, and gas laws. As the clock ticks on, more and more Washington State University students log in via Zoom on Blackboard, most without video.

While online teaching and learning were new to most faculty and students, “WSU has almost three decades of experience in » More …

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 …