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Learning & Teaching Collaborative, UW Bothell

UW Bothell’s Learning and Teaching Collaborative team supports equity in learning through peer education, faculty co-learning initiatives, and strengthening a campus-wide culture of engaged and transformative pedagogy. The Collaborative liaises with other units that support faculty development and student success to promote alignment of programming with a focus on equity and peer learning models.

The Collaborative currently includes the Writing and Communication Center, the Quantitative Skills CenterAcademic Success Coaching, the Equity Across the Curriculum Initiative, Learning Communities, and the Writing Council. For teaching resources, visit our resources page.

Learning and Teaching Collaborative staff

Deborah Hathaway, Director of Teaching and Learning, Office of Student Academic SuccessDeborah Hathaway, Director of Learning and Teaching, Office of Student Academic Success

Deborah Hathaway has been a Lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and the First Year and Pre-Major Program at UW Bothell since 2013. She was the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Community Engaged Scholar Award at UW Bothell and has taught courses in interdisciplinary performance, public speaking, and general learning strategies. She earned her bachelor’s in Theatre and Musical Theatre from The University of Southern California and her Master of Arts in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from New York University, with a specialization in applied theatre and theatre for social change. She has also previously worked as a director and faculty member at Shoreline Community College and as an instructor to adults with developmental disabilities at the Seattle Children’s Hospital Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center.


Todd Conaway, Instructional Designer, Office of Student Academic Success 

Todd Conaway came to UW Bothell in 2016 after ten years of working with faculty as an instructional designer at Yavapai Community College in Arizona. Prior to that, he taught high school English for ten years at a small private school where he was able to combine his passion for the outdoors and digital tools. He works to combine classroom learning and community learning with the digital landscape in ways that create meaningful experiences for students. Inviting faculty to share their work, to learn from one another, and grow as educators is what he aspires to cultivate at UWB. Some of his projects have included building complete certificate and degree programs, co-leading the Collaborative Online International Learning Initiative cohorts, running day long symposiums and hour-long workshops, co-leading the Teaching & Learning on the Open Web learning community, and adapting the First Year and Pre-Major courses to hybrid delivery. Todd has also been a part-time IAS faculty member and taught for the First Year and Pre-Major Program.


Kim Swensen - headshotKim Swensen, Instructional Coach, Office of Student Academic Success

Kim’s teaching interests include anti-racist pedagogy, arts integration, community partnerships, and active learning strategies. She comes to UW Bothell from The Ohio State University where she has been a program manager supporting preservice teachers in graduate and undergraduate programs. She also taught in the women’s studies department at OSU and the education department at Otterbein University. She has taught courses in gender studies in the humanities, contemporary feminist literature, 1st and 2nd-year composition, reading across the curriculum, and reflective pedagogy and classroom cultures. Additionally, she has 13 years of experience teaching secondary English. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and women’s studies, Master of Arts in women’s studies, and Master of Education at OSU. She contributed to Stepping Up!:Teachers Advocating for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools (2018).

Contact Learning and Teaching Collaborative

For additional information about learning and teaching, contact Director of Learning and Teaching Deborah Hathaway at