The CIIA is pleased to present the 2014-15 Innovative Teaching Showcase.

The 2014-15 Innovative Teaching Showcase theme, “Infusing Multicultural Perspectives into the Curriculum,” seeks to honor faculty who have infused their course materials and instructional strategies with diverse perspectives in order to include the many facets of the human experience. This inclusive course design promotes sensitivity toward multicultural issues, challenges traditional perspectives, and embeds equity, justice, and diversity principles in disciplinary content.

Through this year's Showcase we will learn more about the ways the following instructors at WWU have implemented this approach:

These worthy candidates are among many at Western who do this essential work. A goal achieved for this year’s Showcase is to include a “profiles” page where more ideas can be shared.

For 16 years, the Innovative Teaching Showcase has evolved into a solid set of best practices by over 50 WWU faculty. A strong international audience connects with the Showcase site regularly (over 10,000 page views + 15,000 video views per year!).

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

Each year members of the campus community nominate several WWU instructors who exemplify the Showcase teaching strategy theme.

Showcases include:

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

The CIIA Advisory Board reviews nominees for inclusion in each year's Innovative Teaching 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.

“All of us in the academy and in the culture as a whole are called to renew our minds if we are to transform educational institutions—and society—so that the way we live, teach, and work can reflect our joy in cultural diversity, our passion for justice, and our love of freedom.”
—bell hooks (from the chapter, "A Revolution of Values: The Promise
of Multicultural Change" in The Cultural Studies Reader (1993)
ISSN: 2374-9415