Teaching Matters is hosted by the WSU Retention Fellows each month.  This gathering offers a wonderful opportunity for all faculty, instructors, and students to work together across disciplines to enhance and improve teaching and learning. Teaching Matters is safe place for learning, exploration, change, and accomplishment at various levels. The primary goal of improving each other's teaching is transparent, and we hope that participants will work to create an environment that is supportive, caring, and collegial.



Retention Faculty Fellows support SEM Goal 3 to Increase persistence rates of degree seeking student populations. The university identifies faculty interested in becoming more engaged in retaining students and promoting student success and persistence through excellent and creative pedagogy. These faculty share best practices and create opportunities for other faculty members to be in dialogue about quality instructional design and student engagement. Recipients receive a stipend of $2,000 and serve as Retention Fellows for the academic year.

WHO THEY ARE in 2024-2025

Barton School of Business  College of Engineering College of Health Professions

Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

College of Fine Arts College of Applied Studies
Gery Markova


Sarah Taylor
Public Health Sciences
 Melinda DeFrain
Ryan Beeken
Choral Activities
Daniel Bergman
School of Education

Retention Fellows CoordinatorCindi Mason, Industrial, Systems, and Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering