Undergraduate Academic Affairs

April 22, 2010

Experience the University of Washington’s best educators

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Distinguished Teaching Awards Showcase

Be a UW student for a day at the Distinguished Teaching Awards Showcase!

Current and past Distinguished Teaching Awardees to lead mini-classes and discuss teaching

On May 7, the University of Washington community and members of the general public can experience some of the University’s Distinguished Teaching Awardees as UW undergraduates do: in class. Several recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award, the University’s highest honor for teaching, will teach a mini-class in the same way they teach our students. This event is an opportunity to see what University of Washington students see and learn firsthand what makes the UW a world-class institution.

Following the mini-classes will be a panel discussion on teaching today featuring current and former Distinguished Teaching Award winners. The panel will be hosted by Dean of Libraries Betsy Wilson, Dean of the Graduate School Jerry Baldasty and Undergraduate Academic Affairs Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor.

Event Details

What: Distinguished Teaching Awards Showcase
When: May 7, 2010, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Mary Gates Hall, UW Seattle campus (mini-classes held concurrently in various classrooms)
Cost: Free
Registration recommended

Mini-Classes and Faculty

Ballet’s romantic heroes or a couple of unscrupulous cads: James and Albrecht get their comeuppance
Betsy Cooper, MFA – Associate Professor & Director, Dance Program
In this lecture, Professor Cooper introduces some of the central themes of 19th century Romantic Ballet and explores how the tensions between duty and desire in the ballets La Sylphide and Giselle represent a society’s anxiety over female agency and shifting class structure.

Mad Scientist Experiments in Classroom—Works Students like Dawgs!
Scott Freeman, Ph.D. – Lecturer, Biology
Is it possible to get 700 students in one room engaged in active learning activities and performing better in biology? And do I have the data to prove it? The answer had better be yes, or this is going to be a VERY short talk.

Ecology & Conservation: Your back yard and the possibilities of urban agriculture
Beth Wheat, Ph.C. – PreDoc Teaching Associate, Biology
In this class we will talk about some of the ecology one can apply in a backyard garden to help reduce pests and increase yields. Participants will have a chance to consider the role that interacting with agriculture in urban settings can play in helping students develop a conservation ethic.

Biographies for Mini-Class Instructors

Betsy Cooper, MFA
Associate Professor & Director, Dance Program
Professor Betsy Cooper is Associate Professor and Director in the UW Dance Program. Trained at the School of American Ballet, Cooper danced professionally with classical and contemporary dance companies for many years before becoming an academic. Cooper has published articles on dance and politics in Theatre Research International, Dance Research Journal and The International Dictionary of Modern Dance. She holds an MFA in dance from the University of Washington and a BA in archaeological studies from Yale University. Cooper is a recipient of a 2004 Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Washington.

Scott Freeman, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Biology
Scott received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Washington in 1990 and was subsequently awarded an Alfred P. Sloan fellowship in molecular evolution at Princeton University. He has been teaching biology at the UW since 1999. He is co-author of the textbook Evolutionary Analysis and also authors the introductory textbook Biological Science. His current research focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning—specifically, how active learning can increase performance in introductory biology. Freeman is a recipient of a 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Beth Wheat, Ph.C.
PreDoc Teaching Associate, Biology
Beth Wheat is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biology. While her research is focused in marine ecosystems, much of her teaching has been in and around the UW student farm. She has been a participant in an NSF funded IGERT for multinational collaborations on challenges to the environment. Before returning to graduate school to pursue an advanced degree in biology she was a high school science teacher. She enjoys playing guitar, gardening and hanging out with her daughter. Wheat is a recipient of a 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award.


All three of the mini-class instructors will be on the panel discussion about teaching today. They will be joined by:


Matt McGarrity, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Communication, School of Communication
Dr. Matt McGarrity is a lecturer in the Communication Department. In addition to teaching classes in public speaking, argumentation, communication pedagogy, and classical rhetoric, he directs the University of Washington Speaking Center, which offers speech coaching to students. He has written a number of widely used teaching materials and continues to publish critiques of teaching practices. He has won a number of teaching awards, including the National Speakers’ Association’s 2006-2007 Outstanding Professor Award.


David Goldstein, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences – UW Bothell
Interim Director, Teaching and Learning Center – UW Bothell
Dr. David Goldstein teaches American and ethnic studies in the Program in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Bothell, and serves as director of its Teaching and Learning Center. He earned a Ph.D. in comparative culture from the University of California, Irvine, and has published widely in the fields of ethnic American literature and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The University of Washington Press published Complicating Constructions: Race, Ethnicity, and Hybridity in American Texts, co-edited by Dr. Goldstein and Audrey B. Thacker, in 2007. Cycling, yoga, and family keep him (reasonably) sane. He is a 2007 Distinguished Teaching Award recipient.

Erika Goldstein, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.C.
Professor, Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
Following medical school at the University of Rochester, Dr. Erika Goldstein completed a residency in primary-care internal medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Following residency, she ran a clinic for Southeast Asian refugees for two years at Harborview Medical Center. She then entered the Robert Woods Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and obtained an M.P.H. in health services from the UW School of Public Health. She pursued additional training in anthropology after returning to work at Harborview and earning an M.A. in 1989 and a Ph.C. in 1990. Since 1989, Dr. Goldstein has chaired the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course (ICM) for first year students, adding the yearlong II course in 1996. In the spring of 2001, she became the founding director of the UW School of Medicine Colleges Program. She is a 2002 Distinguished Teaching Award recipient.