Five Washington State University faculty proposals for Smith Teaching and Learning Grant awards have been approved for funding.

Projects this year were sought that address WSU’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA), and focus on specific areas that improve student learning through innovative practices.

“The five projects funded by Smith grants will literally impact the student success and academic progress of hundreds of WSU students, and we are impressed by the innovative ideas advanced by all of the applicants,” said William B. Davis, interim vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement. “We will look forward to seeing the progress on, and the results from, these projects, with final reports due in August 2023.”

In CAS, Faculty applying as principal investigators on the awarded grants are:

Sonia Lopez-Lopez.

Sonia López-López: “Spanish 308 for Heritage Speakers”
It involves the creation of a 300-level Spanish language course for students who speak Spanish fluently, having learned it at home, but whose competency might be limited due to a lack of formal understanding of the language. The course could help students gain better writing skills in their native tongue and contribute to their higher academic success.