Showcase Nomination and Application Form

The Innovative Teaching Showcase is an annual series publication featuring best practices of Western’s most dynamic instructors. For more information about the Showcase, see About or Nomination Details.

What are the options for being included in the Showcase?

  • Feature: Be one of three featured faculty; larger time commitment. See About for details.
  • Profile: Have your innovative work included in brief form on the Profiles page. See examples.

What is the time frame?

  • FEATURES DUE BY WED. 2/19: The CIIA's advisory board will select instructors for the 2019-20 Innovative Teaching Showcase, developed from March through May, and published in June 2020.
  • PROFILES CAN BE SUBMITTED ANY TIME: While we will add a relevant profile to the Showcase site any time, we would enjoy having these prior to the initial June publication.

What is an example of a Showcase from a previous year?

Showcase 2018-19

How do I nominate an instructor?

  • Use the form linked above to suggest someone you believe should be featured in the Showcase. Nominees will be contacted prior to the selection process to verify interest and to provide additional materials. Instructors nominated by students will not see the nomination text during the active quarter.

How do I apply to be included?

  • Instructors may use the form linked above to apply to be included in the Showcase. Email relevant syllabi and/or additional documentation as attachments to: cii@wwu.edu

What is this year's theme?

  • This year's Showcase, themed “Difficult Conversations,” seeks to honor faculty who facilitate important conversations in their courses, embracing challenges and promoting communication strategies that both support learning goals and serve students in life beyond college. Participating in debates and intense discussions can feel uncomfortable, but practice in this area is essential as “students learn to speak in critical and democratic ways by watching people in positions of power and authority model these processes.” (Brookfield & Preskill, 2005). As we step deeper—in society, at our institutions, and as individuals—into inclusion & equity work, developing the skills and the “art” of engaging in challenging dialogue is essential for progress.

What are some examples of this year's theme?

  • Raising challenging questions, addressing how they could become controversial, contentious, or isolating, and modeling pathways for constructive debate and possible solutions.
  • Exploring privilege, power, and oppression dynamics in a way that bolsters trust and supports students’ identities.
  • Employing pre-discussion strategies such as providing context to texts, texts with multiple viewpoints, and terminologies to help inform discussion, and other methods to set the tone for constructive discussions.
  • Utilizing techniques such as critical incident questionnaires for students to do critical self reflection or using background surveys to inform teaching and meet students’ needs.
  • Addressing social positioning and personal bias by inviting students to investigate their implicit biases, knowledge gaps, and assumptions before entering difficult conversations.
  • Facilitating rich experiences to transform and expand thinking about ideas, beliefs, and values.

We look forward to hearing from you!