WWU's Linneman named higher education science teacher of the year

Western Washington University Professor of Geology Scott Linneman has been named the state’s Higher Education Science Teacher of the Year by the Washington Science Teachers Association.

Linneman, who has taught at Western since 2000, received the award at the National Science Teachers Association conference in Seattle on Dec. 8.

“This is really affirming of the work so many teachers at Western do,” Linneman said in a press release. “I put a lot of work into my teaching. I work to incorporate a lot of field experiences that demand extra time from both myself and the students — but it’s worth it.”

For example, Linneman takes his Geology 101 students on an overnight field experience to the Goodell Creek valley near Newhalem each fall on a landform mapping exercise.

The criteria for nominations for the award included enthusiasm and excitement for teaching science; effective delivery of scientific content and processes; and promotion of science education beyond the classroom.

Linneman serves in a dual role at Western; besides working as a professor of Geology, he is also a faculty member in the Science, Math and Technology Education (SMATE) program, working to train the next generation of science teachers.

Linneman received his bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and his doctorate from the University of Wyoming.

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