Innovative Teaching Showcase highlights three WWU faculty

This year’s 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.

Each spring, the CIIA publishes a new online edition of its “Innovative Teaching Showcase,” detailing innovative teaching practices of several WWU faculty members.

The 2014-15 Showcase features Amber Sudduth Bone (Music), Heather Davidson (Communication Studies), and Lysa Rivera (English). These worthy candidates are among many at Western who do this essential work. This year, the Showcase will include a “profiles” page where more ideas can be shared.

For 15 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 and 15,000 video views per year). The CIIA recently upgraded the design and search tools, gained “series publication” status with an ISSN, applied a Creative Commons license, and expanded access via cataloguing the site in WWU Libraries.

For more information on the “Innovative Teaching Showcase,” visit or contact Justina Brown at (360) 650-7210 or via e-mail at