Transformational Change Initiative
LIFT Faculty Fellowship
Learn. Inspire. Foster. Transform.
Since 1890, the faculty at Washington State University have demonstrated a strong commitment to educating students. Our faculty are passionate about their work in classrooms, research settings, and one-on-one with WSU students. This commitment to and passion for education are what drive us to continuously improve the WSU student experience.
The LIFT Fellowship (Learn.Inspire.Foster.Transform.) is designed to support instructors in this work. We use teaching methods that have been shown to improve students’ engagement, connection, and learning, to decrease course withdrawal and fail rates, and to increase retention.
After participating in LIFT Faculty Fellows will be able to transform their courses using methods that have been shown to increase student engagement, connection, and learning. Through participation in LIFT, faculty will:
- Develop knowledge of theory and research related to active learning approaches and brief behavioral interventions
- Apply active learning techniques and brief behavioral interventions in their classes
- Support and be supported by colleagues who share their commitment to student success
We are currently inviting WSU Pullman faculty to join our SEVENTH cohort of LIFT Fellows. Another system-wide invitation to WSU faculty will open in January 2024.
Applications are due by December 15, 2023 at 5:00 PM (Pacific). The application includes the following questions, which we recommend applicants prepare in advance in a Word document to cut and paste into the online application.
- What does academic success look like for your students?
- How do you support your students’ academic success?
- How have previous professional development opportunities facilitated your ability to meet the needs of your students?
- What is the course number for the class in which you will be implementing LIFT practices?
- What is the average enrollment for this course?
- LIFT Fellows are required to integrate a LIFT teaching practice in academic year 2024-25. Will you be able to meet this requirement? Why or why not?
Commitment to participate in the LIFT Faculty Fellows Program
Once accepted to the program, LIFT Faculty Fellows join an intensive learning environment as they explore and integrate evidence-based active learning and behavioral interventions in their teaching plans. LIFT Faculty Fellows agree to completing the following activities by May 15, 2025:
Date-specific meetings and trainings
- Attend the LIFT Cohort 7 trainings on the WSU Pullman Campus. Each training will be 2-hours and scheduled to accommodate the teaching schedules of LIFT Fellows.
- LIFT Module 1 (Week of February 19) – Introduction to Seeds and Soil – a model for improving students’ engagement, connection, and learning
- LIFT Module 2 (Week of March 18) – Instructional techniques for increasing social belonging and connection
- LIFT Module 3 (Week of April 8) – The role of values affirmation and values-based decision making in supporting student success.
- LIFT Module 4 (Week of May 6) – Instructional approaches to reinforce growth mindset
- Complete readings and pre-reflections in preparation for in-person training modules
- Complete all LIFT evaluations
- Attend at least two of the pedagogical trainings offered by Academic Outreach and Innovation (AOI), the Transformational Change Initiative, WSU Teaching Academy, or CVM Teaching Academy (other campus-specific options may be substituted with approval).
- Complete a Classroom Implementation plan detailing how you will use active learning approaches to incorporate at least one LIFT teaching practice in your classroom (e.g., resilience, social belonging, mindfulness, self-compassion, growth mind-set).
- Meet at least three times with your Peer Mentoring Pod.
- Attend a 50-minute peer observation and/or co-mentoring training session.
- Conduct a classroom observation of a current or former LIFT faculty fellow and debrief OR complete a co-mentoring activity.
- Complete a final progress report.
Additional information about these requirements will be offered by the LIFT team via email, during the training, and at subsequent times throughout the year. We work diligently to make sure you are on track and successful.
Upon completion of the program
We recognize that LIFT involves a substantial time commitment which will be recognized with: :
- $2,000 for completing all LIFT Faculty Fellow requirements including the adoption and implementation of at least one brief behavioral intervention in an active learning style related to connection/social belonging, values/value-based decision-making, mindfulness/self-compassion or growth mindset/resilience.
- A certificate of completion.
- A letter of thanks, copied to your department chair and dean.
Faculty members highlight value of LIFT
Leticia Fanucchi, DVM, PhD, WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital
“The training program was very useful for me and I certainly learned a lot from it. The lectures and assignments were flexible and I did not feel overwhelmed by it. The team organized it really well, and gave us several opportunities to discuss our plans and activities. Also, the scholarship was much appreciated.
The highlights of the training for me were:
– Learning how to be more mindful of oneself, of the teaching (content), and more mindful of the students and their impressions/perspectives.
– Plan and gradually execute active learning without having to change your entire course overnight. You can take your time and implement one small change at a time.
– The peer observation activity was my favorite homework of the program, and I learned a lot from observing my colleague.
I highly recommend the LIFT program, not only for junior faculty, but for those who want to stay current on teaching strategies.”
Krista R.A. Nishida, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry
“The LIFT program has gotten a lot of us in chemistry implementing and researching additional things to benefit the students and their learning, so it was a very much appreciated opportunity. Thanks, again to the LIFT team!”
Current LIFT Trainers
Mary Kay Patton
Human Development & Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership
Mary Kay Patton, J.D., is dedicated to nurturing the human spirit as an essential dimension of leading a rich, full, meaningful life. In so doing, she supports LIFT faculty in taking value-based committed action from a place of presence and mindfulness. Patton is a gifted facilitator, writer, educator and advocate. She was instrumental in designing the LIFT program and is convinced that its success is in large part due to the translation of evidence-based interventions into a playful, engaging and experiential training; thus elevating and reimagining the role of quality classroom teaching at land-grant institutions.
An Idaho native, Mary Kay has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of Idaho.
Human Development & Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership
My purpose in life is supporting others in discovering and developing their best selves. My position as both a professor and LIFT trainer have allowed me to live into that purpose every day. As a LIFT Fellow and LIFT Trainer I have found the evidenced based approaches that we need to make our teaching come alive and support our students on their journey to their best selves. Social belonging, growth mindset and resilience are just some of skills we all need to be our best selves and LIFT brings those to life for faculty and their students. I find such joy in seeing students have an ah-ha moment or working with a faculty member to fit the puzzle pieces of their discipline and LIFT together. I am excited to live into my purpose with a student-centered learning community.
School of the Environment
Many students entering college have not yet fully developed their learning skills, nor gained the confidence to self-direct that learning, and propose novel ideas and solutions. Students at this stage in their education are also in a time of transition and are particularly susceptible to influences that will shape the mindset that will guide the type of learner they become, the skills that they acquire, and the experiences that they have during their time at the University and beyond. LIFT provides the evidence as well as ideas for approaches to enhance student self-confidence, sense of belonging, and provide a structured process to transform and/or enhance each student’s approach to growth, learning, and problem solving. I am very excited to be a LIFT Trainer and look forward to building a larger collaborative community of student-centered teachers!
As a teacher, I strive to engage, challenge, and spark intellectual curiosity in my students. In a perfect world, I would accomplish those goals within each course, class session, and assignment. But the reality is that teaching, good teaching, is hard. Maybe that’s why I’m passionate about it, because I like the challenge and complexity of the problem. I enjoy analyzing my classes for areas of improvement, scrutinizing my grading and course policies, developing new projects, and evaluating my own performance. But, like anyone else, I get stuck. After participating in the LIFT program as a faculty fellow, I was re-energized with fresh ideas to incorporate into my most difficult courses. Now, as a LIFT trainer, I am thrilled to be able to work with other faculty who want to positively impact their students through empirically supported interventions. I love the collaborative nature of the LIFT program and am happy to share my experiences and resources with anyone interested.
LIFT Faculty Fellows 2021
|Kersten Bergstrom||Tri-Cities||CAS||Biological Sciences|
|Jia Cheng||Pullman||VCEA||Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|Georgina Cox||Vancouver||CAS||Biological Sciences|
|Sarah Guess||Pullman||CVM||Veterinary Teaching Hospital|
|Khan Md Ariful Haque||Pullman||Business||Finance and Management Science|
|Xingqiu Lou||Pullman||CAHNRS||Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles|
|George Newman||Vancouver||CAS||Physics and Astronomy|
|Matt Peck||Pullman||CAHNRS||NIH Protein Biotechnology Training Program|
|Catherine Perillo||Pullman||CAHNRS||Crop and Soil Sciences|
|Michael Pumphrey||Pullman||CAHNRS||Crop and Soil Sciences|
|Jamie Rice||Pullman||VCEA||Design and Construction|
|Yuxin Zhang||Tri-Cities||VCEA||Mechanical Engineering|
LIFT Faculty Fellows 2020
|Bob Zeng||Everett||VCEA||Electrical Engineering and Computer Science|
|Alana Anderson||Pullman||CAHNRS||Human Development|
|Jessica Bilek||Pullman||International Programs||Intensive American Language Center|
|Nandita Biswas||Pullman||VCEA||Mechanical and Materials Engineering|
|Lynn Dils||Pullman||International Programs||Intensive American Language Center|
|Traci Gillig||Pullman||Communication||Strategic Communication|
|Anne Marie Guerrettaz||Pullman||Education||Teaching and Learning|
|Cara Hawkins-Jedlicka||Pullman||Communication||Strategic Communication|
|Kasee Hildenbrand||Pullman||Education||Kinesiology and Educational Psychology|
|John Hinz||Pullman||CVM||Molecular Biosciences|
|Nancy Irlbeck||Pullman||CAHNRS||Animal Sciences|
|Dipra Jha||Pullman||CCB||Hospitality Business Management|
|Jane Kelley||Pullman||Education||Teaching and Learning|
|Amrita Lahiri||Pullman||CCB||Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship|
|Yen-I Lee||Pullman||Communication||Strategic Communication|
|Erika Offerdahl||Pullman||CVM||Molecular Biosciences|
|Sylvia Omulo||Pullman||CVM||Global Animal Health|
|Wendy Raney||Pullman||Communication||Journalism and Media Production|
|Lauren Reed||Pullman||International Programs||Intensive American Language Center|
|Michael Ritter||Pullman||CAS||Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs|
|Geoffrey Ruzicki||Pullman||International Programs||Intensive American Language Center|
|Amanda Stahl||Pullman||CAHNRS/CAS||School of the Environment|
|Dana Algeo-Nichols||Spokane||Medicine||Speech and Hearing Sciences|
|Sarah Roley||Tri-Cities||CAHNRS/CAS||School of the Environment|
|Tanja Burkhard||Vancouver||CAHNRS||Human Development|
|Samantha Reisz||Vancouver||CAHNRS||Human Development|
LIFT Faculty Fellows 2019
|Brianna Valliere||Everett||CAHNRS||Food Science|
|Corrie Wilder||Everett||Communication||Marketing & Communications|
|Mark Billings||Pullman||CAHNRS/CAS||School of the Environment|
|Eman Elturki||Pullman||International Programs||Intensive American Language Center|
|Sharon Fraser-Allen||Pullman||International Programs||Intensive American Language Center|
|Emily Harmon||Pullman||International Programs||Intensive American Language Center|
|Laci Hubbard-Mattix||Pullman||CAS||Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs|
|Sue Lani Madsen||Pullman||VCEA||Architecture|
|Julie Menard||Pullman||CAHNRS/CAS||School of the Environment|
|Wannaporn Phipps||Pullman||International Programs||Intensive American Language Center|
|Kathleen Rodgers||Pullman||CAHNRS||Human Development|
|Michael Salamone||Pullman||CAS||Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs|
|David Torick||Pullman||VCEA||Mechanical & Materials Engineering|
|Lisa Waananen Jones||Pullman||Communication||Journalism & Media Production|
|Kayla Wakulich||Pullman||CAHNRS/CAS||School of the Environment|
|Shannon Calderone||Tri-Cities||Education||Educational Leadership|
|Rhonda Hammond||Tri-Cities||CCB||Hospitality Business Management|
|Maria Moscatelli||Tri-Cities||Education||Teaching and Learning|
|Mark Stephan||Vancouver||CAS||Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs|
LIFT Faculty Fellows 2018
|Jacob Murray||Everett||VCEA||Electrical Engineering and Computer Science|
|Soobin Seo||Everett||CCB||Hospitality Management|
|Caitlin Bletscher||Pullman||CAHNRS||Human Development|
|Shira Broschat||Pullman||VCEA||Electrical Engineering and Computer Science|
|Rebecca Cooney||Pullman||COMM||Strategic Communication|
|Anne Drobish-Shahat||Pullman||International Programs||Intensive American Language Center|
|Dave Evans||Pullman||CAS||Biological Sciences|
|Sam Gizerian||Pullman||CVM||Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience|
|Chanmi Hwang||Pullman||CAHNRS||Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles|
|Babu John Mariadoss||Pullman||CCB||International Business|
|Ali Mehrizi-Sani||Pullman||VCEA||Electrical Engineering and Computer Science|
|Hallie Meredith||Pullman||CAS||Fine Arts|
|Margaret Mount||Pullman||International Programs||Intensive American Language Center|
|Holly Neibergs||Pullman||CAHNRS||Animal Sciences|
|Samanthan Noll||Pullman||CAS||Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs|
|Sammy Perone||Pullman||CAHNRS||Human Development|
|Jenni Sandstrom||Pullman||CCB||Hospitality Management|
|Raven Weaver||Pullman||CAHNRS||Human Development|
|Robin Ebert Mays||Tri-Cities||CAS||English|
|Lodi Nelson||Tri-Cities||CAS||Biological Sciences|
|Jodi Rosso||Tri-Cities||CAHNRS + CAS||Geology|
|Gunjan Gakhar||Vancouver||CAS||Biological Sciences|
|Kristin Huggins||Vancouver||COE||Administration and Supervision|
|Liz Reilly Gurocak||Vancouver||CAHNRS||Economic Sciences|
|Praveen Sekhar||Vancouver||VCEA||Electrical Engineering and Computer Science|
|Nanette Thrush||Vancouver||CAS||Fine Arts|
LIFT Faculty Fellows 2017
|Leticia Fanucchi||Pullman||CVM||Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience|
|Mark Gibson||Pullman||CAHNRS||School of Economic Sciences|
|Deborah Handy||Pullman||CAHNRS||Human Development|
|Joseph Hewa||Pullman||CAHNRS||Human Development|
|Jennifer Johnson||Pullman||CAHNRS/CAS||Environmental Science|
|Allyson King-Beall||Pullman||CAHNRS/CAS||Environmental Science|
|Lyudmyla Kompaniyets||Pullman||CAHNRS||School of Economic Sciences|
|Donelle (Dee) Posey||Pullman||CAS||Psychology|
|Alejandro Prera||Pullman||CAHNRS||School of Economic Sciences|
|Judy Schultz||Pullman||COE||Sport Science|
|Jihyeong Son||Pullman||CAHNRS||Apparel, Merchandising, Design & Textiles|
|Elizabeth Weybright||Pullman||CAHNRS||Human Development|
|Anna Whitehall||Pullman||CAHNRS||Human Development|
|Kara Whitman||Pullman||CAHNRS/CAS||Environmental Science|
|Srinivas Allena||Tri-Cities||VCEA||Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|Katherine Banks||Tri-Cities||CAS||School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs|
|Sena Clara Creston||Tri-Cities||CAS||Fine Arts|
|Jonah Firestone||Tri-Cities||COE||Science Education|
|Byron Marlowe||Tri-Cities||CCB||Hospitality Business Management|
|Sarah Newcomer||Tri-Cities||COE||Literacy Education|
|Elsa Silva Lopez||Tri-Cities||CAS||Chemistry|
|Sara Sorensen Petersen||Tri-Cities||COE||Special Education|
|Cynthia Cooper||Vancouver||CAS||Molecular Biosciences|
|Brenda Grell||Vancouver||CAS||Digital Technology and Culture|
|E. Regina McMenomy||Vancouver||CAS||English and Women Studies|
|Michael Rabby||Vancouver||CAS||Digital Technology and Culture|
Acronyms: College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), College of Education (COE), College of Veterniary Medicine (CVM), Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA), Carson College of Business (CCB)
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