The CIIA is pleased to announce the 2017-18 Innovative Teaching Showcase featured instructors:

  • Troy Abel (Environmental Studies)
  • Ee Lin Lee (Communication Studies)
  • Deb Currier (Theatre & Dance)

Through this year’s Innovative Teaching Showcase, to be published in June, we will explore how several WWU faculty teach with a focus on social justice. Working to engage students actively with the people and problems of society in engaging ways, educators can create meaningful, immersive, enlivening content or processes for students to explore social justice issues.

These worthy instructors are among many at Western who do this essential work. Please share your innovative approach if you would like it included as a "profile" in our new publication.

People who use social justice as a signal for what their work engages with understand that inequities are produced, inequities are structured, and that things have got to change in order to achieve different educational outcomes. Social justice education is a choice away  from pathology and linearity. … There is no future in the field of education without the contributions of people who are doing their work under the rising sign of social justice.”

from Toward What Justice,
Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, eds.

See also: Teaching Handbook: Inclusive Teaching

The Innovative Teaching Showcase is a publication created by the Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment (CIIA) at Western Washington University as a way to highlight and share exceptional teaching practices by WWU faculty.

Each year the Western community nominates WWU instructors who exemplify the Showcase teaching strategy theme.

Showcases include:

  • video interviews
  • portfolio write-up of teaching approach accompanied by syllabi, assignments, examples, comments, and resources
  • alignment to institutional goals

The CIIA Advisory Board reviews nominees for inclusion in each year's Showcase. Selected instructors work with the CIIA to develop the resource through the end of spring term. The published work remains on the site permanently.

Since 1999, the Showcase has featured nearly 70 WWU instructors, and has evolved into a Creative Commons-licensed collection of teaching practices, catalogued in Western Libraries, and followed by a global audience.