Deborah Hathaway receives UW Bothell Outstanding Community-Engaged Scholar Award

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IAS faculty member Deborah Hathaway was honored with the 2020 UW Bothell Outstanding Community-Engaged Scholar Award, which recognizes impactful community-engaged scholarship by a UW Bothell faculty member. Hathaway’s community-engaged scholarly work centers around creating community through performance. In her seven years in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and First Year Pre-Major Program, Hathaway has partnered with several organizations: Northwest Film Forum, Seattle Parks and Recreation, ArtsWest Playhouse, Macha Theatre Works, Edmonds Center for the Arts, Silver Kite Community Arts, and the Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center (ABC).

Hathaway presents regionally about her community-based learning and research (CBLR) course pedagogy, examining the impact of community-based learning on first year students and how this community engagement practice made meaningful connections between course content and the greater community of Bothell and beyond. Hathaway also supported other faculty in their courses and partner development through her service as a CBLR Fellow Steering Committee member.

Hathaway actively collaborates with the ABC arts staff to explore how to expand theatre curriculum and sensory-friendly performance experiences. Seattle Children’s is looking into how to replicate the successful UW Bothell/ABC partnership as a national model for Adult Transitions, and Hathaway has been pivotal in the success of this partnership.