Feb. 3, 2010
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WSU Learning Communities Director Karen Weathermon Named to State Consortium
PULLMAN, Wash.— Karen Weathermon, Washington State University director of Learning Communities, is an inaugural steering committee member of the new Washington State Learning Communities Consortium (WLCC).
Comprised of two-year and four-year institutions that work together to foster, nurture, and support integrative learning in higher education, the WLCC was founded in November 2009.
Its mission includes creating resources for mentoring and training, assisting in the development of new learning community programs and technologies, and encouraging collaborative exchanges among faculty and staff. The consortium includes campuses that have been involved with learning community work for 30 years as well as campuses that are new to integrative learning and learning communities.
“I’m really pleased that Washington is forming a consortium of learning community program leaders across the state,” says Weathermon. “There are many nationally recognized programs in community colleges and four-year institutions in our state, yet we’ve never had a formal network to exchange ideas and work together on common issues. This will be a tremendous resource for all of us, and I look forward to strengthening connections with colleagues doing similar work.”
The Learning Communities unit is part of WSU’s newest college, the University College. As director of WSU Learning Communities since 2006, Weathermon coordinates Freshman Focus, a first-year program that helps new students integrate their academic lives with their residence hall living. Freshman Focus serves approximately 80 percent of WSU’s entering freshman class each fall.
Weathermon also serves as the co-director of WSU’s Common Reading Program, that through the use of a common text helps introduce incoming students to critical thinking and communication in classes and to the wealth of research taking place at WSU. In fall, she taught a section of the Gen Ed 104 class (the Pathways to Academic Success Seminar), and previous positions at WSU have included faculty development work in Writing in the Disciplines (formerly Writing Across the Curriculum) and professional journal editing.
Weathermon earned her Ph.D. and master’s degree in English from WSU, and her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in biology from Pacific Lutheran University.