What do you love most about your department? The comaradery and collegiality of the faculty, students, and staff. It’s a rare and special experience to have some of your best friends as professional colleagues in your department.
Years at Western: 15!
Originally from: Palo Alto, Calif.
Hobbies: Soccer, backcountry skiing, trail running, backpacking and climbing, surfing (a bit), mountain biking, and of course, geology!
Title: Associate professor, science education and elementary education
What do you love most about your department? “I love that everybody who teaches here have a passion for being the best teacher they can be everyday for every student. That is our goal and what I love the most is that everyone shares that goal. I also love the campus, it is beautiful.”
Years at Western: 14
Originally from: Born in Virginia. Went to high school and college in California.
Title: Assistant professor in the Communication Department
What do you love most about your department?: “Everyone makes a big effort to respect each other. Everyone is open and transparent about decision-making processes, and I think that helps foster a sense of collegiality.”
Years at Western: This is her first year.
Originally from: Grew up in Connecticut and lived 10 years in Vermont. Did her graduate work in Minnesota.
Deb Currier, an associate professor in the theatre and dance department at Western Washington University, is the director of "Deception Pass: An American Story," on stage in the WWU Performing Arts Center through Feb. 3.
WWU Communications and Marketing intern sat down with Currier earlier this week.
Years at Western: 11th year teaching at Western
Originally from: Riverside, Calif., then graduate school in Oregon and now in Bellingham
After working at Western Washington University for 43 years, Assistant Police Chief Dave Doughty has retired. Doughty came to Western as an undergraduate student from Nebraska in 1968 with plans to major in music education, but due to scheduling errors, he ended up unable to begin the program his freshman year. Doughty worked that year for the Associated Students as a student sound technician, and in the summer of 1969, he began working as a student security officer (now known as the Green Coats) for four years.
In the tidy, colorful living room of her house on St. Paul Street in Bellingham, Katy Frank carefully lays out a couple dozen images she’s cut from magazines. Desert landscapes. A zebra. Trees in the throes of autumn. A hand leaving a bloody print on frosted glass.
She steps back and studies, searching for the pieces missing from her half-finished collage. As she works, she explains the mindset behind her choices as an artist.