Nomination Details

See also: Innovative Teaching Showcase NOMINATION FORM

The Innovative Teaching Showcase spotlights WWU instructors' best practices in pedagogy, instructional technologies, and expanded learning environments. For more information about the Showcase, see About or Showcase Index.

The CIIA works with several nominated instructors annually to develop and publish their innovation on the Showcase website. Each section is composed of three parts:

  • a portfolio (written by the instructor) that describes the innovative process in detail and includes relevant assignments and documents; and,
  • video clips from instructor interview
  • an institutional goals section, that links WWU's student learning outcomes in specific areas to those contained in the course.


Anyone in the campus community may nominate a candidate for the Showcase. Instructors can be nominated by others or they can propose their own innovation for consideration.


Selecting only a few innovative instructors each year is always a difficult task. The CIIA's Faculty Advisory Board makes the decision based on the following criteria:

  • Each nominee exemplifies this year’s theme.
  • Each nominee has an innovative or an unexpected execution of this year's theme.
  • Each nominee's approach is generalizable to other kinds of classes or disciplines.

We also try to balance nominations across the colleges; for this reason we might choose one person over another if everything else is equal.

Previously featured instructors may be considered for repeat inclusion if the instructional methods being highlighted are clearly not related to those that were previously featured.

Featured instructors may be tenure track or non-tenure track/adjunct.

Select nominees will be contacted to determine whether they have the desire to participate and the time to contribute to the process. They will have the opportunity to respond to the nomination to provide a fuller picture of their innovation and include relevant syllabi.


Before publishing each Innovative Teaching Showcase issue, the CIIA works with instructors who were nominated and who agreed to participate in the development of the Showcase. The CIIA staff meets with the instructors to determine an approach for featuring the innovation via both video interview and written documentation, arrange for class videorecording, etc., and discuss connections to the institutional goals. The instructor is responsible for writing the "portfolio" and "goals" components of the Showcase, and contributing relevant supporting documents. In addition, a conversational video interview will be arranged to capture the bigger picture of the innovation.

Time and again we are reminded of the depth and quality of instruction at Western. Those nominees who are not selected for the current year’s showcase can be considered for future showcases.