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UW Bothell Teaching and Learning Center earns national recognition

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The University of Washington Bothell’s Teaching and Learning Center has been recognized for its excellence by the Teaching and Learning Institute at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Originally selected alongside twelve other finalists through a nationwide survey, the Teaching and Learning Center was awarded one of two winning positions for exemplary centers.

“We in the Teaching and Learning Center knew from consistent feedback from our faculty that our services were highly valued, but it’s exciting to be recognized on a national level, measured against more than a hundred other centers across the country,” explains David Goldstein, Director of the Teaching and Learning Center. “I think we benefit greatly from the campus’s investment in supporting faculty with their teaching and students with their learning. I’m quite proud of the TLC staff, including the leaders and peer consultants in the Writing and Communication Center and the Quantitative Skills Center. These professionals serve our diverse faculty and students every day and contribute to the campus’s growing reputation for academic excellence and student success.”

Teaching and Learning Institute Executive Director Jack Chambers says two programs elevated UW Bothell’s center to exemplary status, the year-long seminar for new faculty and the hybrid training program. “Hybrid teaching is very important today because it moves us away from the lecture,” says Chambers. “Everything UW Bothell’s Teaching and Learning Center is doing supports that effort.”

The Teaching and Learning Center fosters learning in the UW Bothell community by supporting learner-educators in the enrichment of pedagogical knowledge, skills, and practices. It oversees the Writing & Communication Center and the Quantitative Skills Center, where students receive direct help from professionals and peer consultants on a variety of tasks.

“Whenever I leave the Writing Center, I feel more confident about my work,” says media and communications major Laurel Williams. “They help me organize, edit, and perfect my argument so that I can communicate effectively with my audience.”

Faculty from the Teaching and Learning Center will travel to the 25th International Teaching and Learning Conference in Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida this March to receive the award and participate in a panel discussion on teaching and learning centers.

“This is a well-deserved honor and recognition of the great work done by the TLC,’ says Susan Jeffords, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

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