Faculty and Staff Spotlight
Teaching Innovations: 2018 – 2019 LIFT Fellows
In 2018-2019, several faculty continued the History Department’s participation in the WSU Transformational Change Initiative through LIFT (Learn. Inspire. Foster. Transform.) fellowships. Over the course of 2018, Karen Phoenix and Michelle Mann attended teaching innovation workshops and learned about the four central themes in the LIFT program: Social Belonging and Connection; Values and Values-Based Decision Making; Mindfulness and Self-Compassion; and Growth Mindset and Resilience. They were able to implement these ideas in their classrooms in the Fall. In December 2018, Karen, Michelle, and Aaron Whelchel (who had been a fellow in 2017), gave a presentation to History Department faculty about some of the ways they brought LIFT activities into their classrooms. In 2019, History Department faculty deepened our connection to LIFT, as Aaron Whelchel became one of the LIFT trainers for the Vancouver Campus, and Brett Bell (Tri-Cities), Bridge Farley (Tri-Cities), Rob McCoy (Pullman), Brenna Miller (Pullman), Eugene Smelyansky (Pullman), and Ray Sun (Pullman) were awarded LIFT fellowships.
Other faculty projects:
Dr. Ben Nobbs-Thiessen:
Ben is the 2019 recipient of the RCI Summer Research Fellowship for his new project on the history of Mennonite migration between Mexico, Canada, and the US. Among other research tasks, Ben is conducting fieldwork interviews with migrant farmers in southern Ontario this May and June!
Dr. Ken Faunce:
Ken Faunce completed work on assignment development for an RCI case study on the Global Drug Trade. His work was supported by a 2018 Smith Teaching & Learning Grant from the Office of Undergraduate Education.