New 2014-15 theme announced: Infusing Multicultural Perspectives into the Curriculum

Members of the WWU campus community may use the Showcase Nomination Form by December 11th to let us know who should be featured in the next issue.

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 in any discipline. These instructors aim to do one or more of the following:

  • Promote sensitivity toward multicultural issues such as race/ethnicity, social class, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, physical and mental status, human rights, language, nationality, and/or international worldview.
  • Challenge traditional mainstream perspectives.
  • Embed equity, inclusion, justice, and diversity principles within instructional design, delivery, and/or assessment.
  • Create a safer and more inclusive learning environment for all students.
  • Advance intercultural understanding.
  • Explore attitudes and perceptions within and between groups.
  • Evaluate institutional prejudices or policies and how these relate to disciplinary content.

The CIIA will announce selected instructors in January for the 2014-15 Innovative Teaching Showcase to be published in June 2015.

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