Instructional Excellence & Innovation

Instructional Excellence & Innovation

We are committed to supporting all ranks of faculty in creating learner-centered curriculum and pedagogy through professional learning, instructional design, teaching resources, and innovative programs.

Fostering a culture of inclusive excellence

Connecting faculty to resources and awards

Supporting student's success in the classroom

Learning Glass

The Learning Glass board allows you to record professional, student-friendly videos. You can pre-record lectures, create review videos or make ancillary course videos such as directions for key assignments, welcome videos or exam study tips.

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Equity Academy

The WSU Tri-Cities Equity Academy creates the opportunity for faculty to intentionally support students and decrease existing equity gaps. Faculty fellows engage in collaborative learning that uses disaggregated data to identify their own strengths, needs, and opportunities to intentionally serve Latinx, Black, Indigenous and first-generation students. The Equity Academy program implements recommendations from AASCU, the Center for Urban Education and Excelencia in Education.

If you are interested in the program, please contact

2021 fellows

  • Cigdem Capan (Physics)

  • Robert Franklin (History)

  • Tracey Hanshew (History)

  • Kraig Jones (Business)

  • Elly Sweet (Biology)

Learning Assistants

The Undergraduate Learning Assistant program makes use of tutors/mentors whom we call learning assistants (LAs). LAs are students who have already successfully completed the course, receive training to work with students currently enrolled in the course, and work as tutors and mentors for their peers.

LAs work closely with the course faculty to support students currently enrolled in the class. LAs attend every class, so they will know what you are currently working on. The LAs may assist students with understanding class assignments, supporting group projects, and/or facilitating small group discussions. LAs may also connect with students outside the class by having regular meetings or drop-in times.

LAs can serve many roles and are trained to be:

  • Mentors
  • Tutors
  • Group facilitators
  • Role models

Upcoming Opportunities

photo of Janet Peters
Janet PetersTCIC 202JDirector for Instructional Excellence & Innovation, Associate Professor (Career Track), Department of Psychology

  • Peer teaching observations (to be used in LIFT, annual review, awards documents, etc.)

  • One-on-one consulting for faculty seeking guidance on instructional design and course delivery

  • Support and resources for demonstrating teaching effectiveness (for promotion, annual review, awards, etc.)