Dr. David Goldstein Named as the Recipient of UW Bothell's 2007 Distinguished Teaching Award

Wednesday, March 14, 2007
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BOTHELL, Wash. - The University of Washington Bothell is pleased to announce that Dr. David Goldstein has been named as the recipient of its 2007 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Goldstein, a lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, has taught at UW Bothell for 10 years. In this time, he has taught nearly 60 courses, many focused on the different facets of American culture, including Asian American culture, multicultural studies, race relations, and comparative cultures. He has also taught a number of literature courses, including 20th century literature, third world literature, the American novel, and Ethnic American literature.

Says Chancellor Steven Olswang, "As can easily be seen by the courses David teaches, he is strongly committed to creating a safe environment in his classroom where students can learn about race, gender, class disparities, and other aspects of multiculturalism that will make them better people and citizens."

Further, Dr. Goldstein is well-known for his use of portfolios in his pedagogy. Rather than simply asking students to do something new and assessing their first attempt, David coaches students through detailed feedback, having them revise their work before assessing it for a grade at the end of the course. This teaching process is substantially more labor intensive then traditional methods, but he believes his students learn better by submitting multiple drafts. Confirming his technique's success, David was asked by the UW Teaching Excellence Institute in 2005 to present on his use of portfolios to the Faculty Fellows program.

Dr. Goldstein also incorporates service learning into his courses and is a Community-Based Learning Institute Fellow. Moreover, he extensively uses technology when appropriate for his courses and has helped other faculty learn such teaching techniques by participating as a Fellow at the UW Bothell Online Faculty Institute.

"David Goldstein has devoted himself to being an outstanding teacher. We are proud to have him represent the University of Washington Bothell as its 2007 Distinguished Teaching Award winner", says Olswang.

The UW Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award, created in 1995, is presented each year to a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching, exemplifying what it means to fulfill the academic mission of the University of Washington Bothell.