Dr. Diane Gillespie Named as Recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award

Monday, May 24, 2010
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BOTHELL, Wash. - The University of Washington Bothell is pleased to announce Dr. Diane Gillespie as recipient of its 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award.
Of her award Dr. Gillespie says, "It means a lot. If you are a person who is conscionable about teaching and it is a true calling to you - a real, true calling - to be recognized for what you love to do…there's just nothing like it."Dr. Gillespie joined the UW Bothell faculty in 1998 as a Professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program. During this time she has taught courses as diverse as Community Psychology, Qualitative Research Methods and Interactive Learning: Theory and Practice.

Also notable has been her work in engaging faculty and students in unique learning opportunities such as "Critical Moments," a diversity case study project that she helped to implement on fourteen campuses throughout Washington in conjunction with the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education. In addition to her teaching and mentorship, Dr. Gillespie is an avid researcher. She spent a recent sabbatical in Senegal, West Africa, at Tostan, a nonprofit organization which practices community-led development. Working with Tostan, she examined how the introduction of democracy and human rights sparked the still growing grassroots social movements to end female genital cutting and early or forced child marriage in West Africa. This led to the publication of a major research paper and several pieces of public scholarship about the organization.
Dr. Gillespie received her Doctor of Cultural and Psychological Studies in Education in 1982 from the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

About the UW Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award: 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.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.