Pacific Northwest Educators



The Northwest (NW) has 7 PULSE Fellows from diverse institution types, and these individuals have come together to form the Northwest PULSE working group. Using funds from NSF RCN-UBE (NSF #1346583) and EAGER (NSF #1347553) awards, this group has created a NW V&C Community of Practice (COP), a network of colleges and universities in the NW (AK, WY, MT, ID, WA, OR) that is shown on this map.  Institutions that join the NW COP will use the resources and tools developed both within and outside of the PULSE effort to transform how their Life Science Departments educate their students using a Systems Thinking approach.

The Steering Committee for this project consists of Joann Otto (Western Washington Univ.), William B. Davis (Washington State Univ.), Pamela Pape-Lindstrom (Everett Community College), Gary Reiness (Lewis and Clark College), Gita Bangera (Bellevue College), Alyce DeMarais (Univ. of Puget Sound), Jenny McFarland (Edmonds Community College), Carol Pollock (Univ. British Columbia), Stasinos Stavrianeas (Willamette Univ.), and Mary Pat Wenderoth (Univ. Washington).

Over the time period between Fall 2013 and Spring 2018, these individuals will lead an annual departmental transformation program that consists of: i) an October Workshop attended by 15 teams of faculty, administrators and students dedicated to the transformation of their departments and/or institutions, ii) online and in person workshops and an assigned coach to assist the teams in their departmental transformation during the academic year, and iii) a symposia at the Northwest Biology Instructor’s Organization conference held each May.

If you are interested in an overview of the NW PULSE Community of Practice, please visit our interactive Google map here.  You can find links to the institutions in Cohorts I and II and learn more about their departmental transformation.

NW PULSE Cohort II-Seattle October 2014

Now Recruiting Institutions for Cohort IV in 2016-2017

Northwest PULSE is currently recruiting institutions and departments to join Cohort IV this year.  If you are interested, more information about the Northwest PULSE Community of Practice is here and an application is at this here.  Applications are due by June 1, 2016.

Outcomes of the Efforts of the 2013-2016 NW PULSE Community of Practice Members

You can access all of the Action Plans and Outcomes Posters related to Departmental change from the institutions who are part of the NW PULSE Community of Practice here. If you are interested in materials from a specific institution type, you can follow the links below.  

Community Colleges

Liberal Arts

Other Institutions

Research Comprehensives

Research I

Northwest Life Science Education Resources 

1.  Biology Education Research Group (BERG) at the University of Washington Link

2.  The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia Link

3.  Northwest Biosciences Consortium (NWBC) RCN-UBE at Willamette University Link 

4.  Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club at the University of Oregon Link

5.  HHMI/NAS Scientific Teaching Workshops are available in the Northwest through the West Coast Regional Institute, and at the University of Oregon and Washington State University

Discussion Forum

NW PULSE workshop discussion and PULSE Rubrics at the Biology Education Research Group (BERG) meeting Nov 1, 2013

Started by Jenny McFarland Oct 15, 2013. 0 Replies

The BERG meeting will be Friday, Nov. 1st, 3:30-4:30 pm, in HCK 320 at the UW-Seattle fall quarter 2013.  Mary Pat Wenderoth, Sara Brownell, Pam Pape-Lindstrom & Jenny McFarland & others will…Continue

PULSE discussion at the Biology Education Research Group (BERG) meeting Oct 12

Started by Jenny McFarland Oct 9, 2012. 0 Replies

BERG meets on Fridays, 3-4 pm, in HCK 218 at the UW Seattle fall quarter 2012.Here is the meeting announcement for Friday, Oct. 12,Gita Bangera, Pam Pape-Lindstrom & Jenny McFarland will discuss…Continue

Networks in Pacific Northwest

Started by Jenny McFarland Sep 14, 2012. 0 Replies

I thought I would post short summaries of the three networks that I know of in the Pacific NW. BERG  The Biology Education Research Group (BERG) at University of Washington (UW) meets weekly during…Continue

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