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ZoomED In

We have a lot going on. And we’re on Zoom a lot. Now we’re combining the two and sharing those great stories with you. It’s like our podcast (Education Eclipse), but on video.


Season 6

KINES assessment W

February 07, 2023 — Judy Schultz

It was a big win for the Washington State University College of Education’s Kinesiology program, as well a nod to its commitment to continuous quality improvement. KINES was honored by WSU for its quality assessment. We talk to Judy Schultz for more info.

Season 5

STEAM through NWPB

December 08, 2022 — Debra Riek

In the Season 5 finale, we spoke to Debra Riek, who is Northwest Public Broadcasting’s director of education. She focuses her efforts on STEAM-related programming for children, including reading outreach and providing opportunities for parents and children to learn together through NWPB initiatives. STEAM = Science Technology Engineering Arts Math.

Jobs and students with I/DD

December 01, 2022 — Anya Sheftel

Anya Sheftel is an research assistant professor of special education at WSU’s College of Education. She focuses on supporting career development and post-school transition for youth and young adults with disabilities. More specifically, she has be heavily involved in the Motivational Enhancement Group Intervention (MEGI). Her research explores not only helping students with I/DD secure employment, but ensuring the employment is meaningful.

WSU Native American Programs

November 17, 2022 — Joelle Edwards

The College of Education acknowledges its locations statewide are on the homelands of Native peoples, who have lived in this region from time immemorial. Much good work is being done by WSU’s Native American Programs. We talked to Director of Native American Student Services Joelle Edwards, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, about her heritage, and the work Native American Programs is doing.

Media literacy & COVID-19

November 09, 2022 — Erica Austin and Bruce Austin

As published recently in the American Journal of Health Promotion, a multi-college team of researchers has shown that COVID-19 knowledge had a positive association with vaccine intention for flu shot recipients but a counter-productive association for those declining it. Media literacy and trust in health experts provided strong counterbalancing influences. We spoke to some of the leading researchers.

Cultural Connections

November 07, 2022 — Amy Matsumoto and Alek Pasko

WSU Vancouver adjunct faculty member Amy Hernández Matsumoto recently treated her ELL class to a culture appreciation day as she invited a handful of local residents, all with different cultural backgrounds, to come into her class and speak about their respective cultures. While the whole class immensely enjoyed the event, for student Alek Pasko, the event was especially special. We spoke to both.

Heritage and LEAD-ership

October 06, 2022 — Katherine Rodela

Katherine Rodela is WSU College of Education’s Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion, in addition to being an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership. During this 2022 National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), she talks about her own heritage, as well as the SW Washington Leaders for Equity and Advancing Diversity (LEAD) program, which aims to increase diversity among educational leaders.

Disabilities and Work

September 30, 2022 — Genna Kieper

Genna Kieper is the Employment Services Coordinator for the WSU ROAR program, which is a program for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Since October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we sat down with Genna and talked about what some of the ROAR students are doing and how their employment benefits not only them, but the employers, as well.

Triathlon partnership

September 23, 2022 — Chris Connolly

Thanks to the first partnership of its kind with both World Triathlon and IRONMAN, Associate Professor of Kinesiology Christopher Connolly, and Dr. W. Douglas B. Hiller of Whitman Hospital and Medical Clinics have entered an official collaboration with the two groups to be the official curators of all medical data from the two organizations, aiming to make the sport of triathlon safer than it’s ever been.

Advocacy in D.C.

August 24, 2022 — Kelley Wilds

Kelley Wilds is a Special Education graduate student in WSU’s College of Education. She’s also a graduate assistant in the WSU ROAR program. Through Think College, a national initiative dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving research and practice in inclusive higher education for students, she recently got to join WSU ROAR alumnus Evan Henniger in Washington D.C. to advocate for special education.

Season 4

Teaching, Coaching, and Community

January 27, 2022 — Jen Greeny

In 2021, the WSU volleyball team accomplished something no other WSU team has ever done… in any sport: advance to their sixth straight postseason. But before Jen Greeny was coaching this powerhouse, she was coaching at Pullman High School and was a K12 teacher. Truth is, coaching and teaching are very similar. We talk about that, and community.

Why Science Matters

January 18, 2022 — Melissa Pearcy

Melissa Pearcy is a K5 science teacher in the Spokane School District and a doctoral student in WSU’s Mathematics and Science Education program. She recently competed in a video competition and shared why science matters. We talk about the components of her video which include how students define “scientist” and how they see themselves within that context.


Nov. 19, 2021 — Don McMahon / Jonah Firestone

WSU has also sought to identify multi-disciplinary programs that focus on creative solutions. Faculty members Don McMahon (Pullman) and Jonah Firestone (Tri-Cities) do just this through their technology integration. Dr. McMahon runs the VR2GO Lab while Dr. Firestone runs the Simulation and Integrated Media for Instruction Assessment and Neurocognition (SIMIAN) Lab.

Student Agency

October 06, 2021 — Margaret Vaughn

Margaret Vaughn doesn’t just preach “student agency”, she brings a in-person, in-class teaching experience to back it up. On the heels of her newest book release, aptly named “Student Agency in the Classroom”, Dr. Vaughn tells us about the inner-dimensions of student agency, what it is, why it’s needed, and how it can be translated into instructional practices.

Of Pivots and Blended Learning

September 29, 2021 — Aubrey Anderson

Aubrey Anderson is as Coug as you can get. Raised in Pullman, she graduated from WSU in Elementary Education. She’s now the Digital Learning Specialist for the Sumner – Bonney Lake School District. She talks to us about the blended learning model, and this word “pivot” that has become all the rage.

Season 3

Crosscutting Concepts

May 11, 2021 — Sarah Fick

In this ZoomEd In episode, we talk to Sarah FIck, an assistant professor of Science Education, about her research with Crosscutting Concepts. What is this? In general, it is the ideas that link the different domains of science. How are teachers being helped implement within their classrooms and ultimately increase student understanding and success? And, what current grant-funded research exists with this?

Get the Facts Out: Teaching math

May 05, 2021 — Amy Roth McDuffie

In this ZoomEd In episode, we talk to Amy Roth McDuffie, a professor of Mathematics Education, about a project called Get the Facts Out, which aims to increase the number of effective K-12 mathematics teachers. We also talk to Dr. Roth McDuffie about some of her other research and collaboration, such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ Mathematics Standing Committee.

Meet our AFTOC ambassadors

April 26, 2021 — Christianna Lapine and Talia Sampson

In this ZoomEd In episode, we talked to Christianna Lapine and Talia Sampson, the two student ambassadors for the Alhadeff Future Teachers of Color (AFTOC). We cover everything from their time in the College of Education, goals for the organization, the AFTOC conference, and how students can get involved. | Connect with AFTOC on social media! | Instagram: @wsu_aftoc | Twitter: @WSU_FTOC

The Right Tool for the Job

April 20, 2021 — Jo Crandall

In this ZoomED In episode, we talk to Jo Crandall, a Ph.D. candidate in the college’s Mathematics and Science Education program. Jo has a background in applied mathematics, which fuels her curiosity about the experiences of those who use math and computing to tackle real-world problems. Here, she talks about her research of computational tools and presenting this as part of Three Minute Thesis.

“Give ’em the chair!”

March 04, 2021 — The Chair Squad members

The Chair Squad began as a student project in a Sport Management course… one of Dr. Yong Chae Rhee’s sport marketing classes. In this episode, we talk to some of the founding members of the Chair Squad, how fun last Cougs baseball season was, and how they hope the group can continue this season and in future seasons.

Getting to Know You: Chris Holzknecht

February 02, 2021 — Chris Holzknecht

In this ZoomED In episode, we talked to Chris Holzknecht, a Sport Management student at WSU. Not only does Chris love being a Coug, he loves baseball and plans to work in the game. He’d like to go to law school when he’s done at WSU and then represent teams with contracts. We think Chris has a promising future.

Baseball, student teaching, and the edTPA

January 28, 2021 — Matt Coulter

In this ZoomED In episode, we talked to Matt Coulter, a baseball coach (and fan), as well as Director of Field Services at Washington State University’s College of Education. Matt knows what it’s like to teach. He did it for 22 years. Now he gets to see the amazing job the college’s student teachers are during during COVID. There’s proof. It’s called the edTPA.

Season 2

Paving a Path to Inclusiveness

November 17, 2020 — Amira Albagshi

A this ZoomED In episode, we talked to Amira Albagshi, a Special Education doctoral student at Washington State University’s College of Education. Over her 5+ years, Amira has won multiple awards, most recently WSU’s 2020 President’s Award. But Amira doesn’t do what she does for the accolades. She does it to improve inclusive learning opportunities in the classroom.

Black Boy Joy

November 09, 2020 — Amir Gilmore

We spoke with Amir Gilmore, assistant professor in the WSU College of Education’s Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education program. He calls “Black Boy Joy” a social and spiritual practice of refusing systems of whiteness and white supremacy. He details what this means and how those who want to be allies can truly be allies.

Because Nice Matters

November 03, 2020 — Kellie Fremont

A very memorable ZoomED In episode, we talked to Kellie Fremont who helped endow the Amy Hanford Erwin Memorial Scholarship. Kellie was classmates and friends with Amy when both were students in the College of Education. Amy was killed in 2011 but Kellie made sure Amy’s legacy would live on… a legacy that includes “Because Nice Matters.”

KINES on the Rise and Avoiding Falls

October 26, 2020 — Robert Catena

We talk to Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Robert Catena about the major’s name change from Sport Science to Kinesiology. Also, Dr. Catena is the head of the Gait and Posture Biomechanics Lab. Plus, he’s seen his fair share of falls. So we talk deadly falls and the about the work the lab is doing to combat that.

Dante’s Deals

October 19, 2020 — Dante Ludlow

In the ZoomED In Season 2 premiere, we sat down with Sport Management student Dante Ludlow and talked to him about a new brick-and-mortar version of his successful online clothing business. That business, in downtown Pullman, is called Dante’s Deals. Plus, he talks about his ultimate career goals.

Season 1

COVID-19 and our dogs

May 25, 2020 — Phyllis Erdman and colleagues

This is cool research from five different faculty members representing five different universities. In this ZoomED In, we had the chance to sit down with four of the five and talk about how people are spending more time with their dogs during coronavirus. But not only that, the bond between the two has changed, usually for the better.

COVID + College Football

May 20, 2020 — Scott Jedlicka

At the beginning of February, nobody would have ever thought something would potentially close down the 2020 college football season. Enter COVID-19. Now, with only about 100 days until the projected start of the season, things are still up in the air. We sat down with assistant sport management professor Scott Jedlicka and discussed a new project he’s been working on that shows aggregate and trend COVID-19 data for statistical areas in which there are schools playing NCAA Division I football. Scott’s website:

The Unsung Heroes

May 11, 2020 — WSUCOE Academic Advisors

The thing about true heroes is that they don’t ever call themselves heroes. But in the lives of many students, the academic advisors have a profound influence on many of them. The WSU College of Education has the best of the best; advisors who often don’t get nearly enough positive attention. They talk about their role, specifically as it relates to COVID-19 and their admiration for the way students adapted.

Developing Rural School Leaders

May 05, 2020 — Kristin Huggins and Hans Klar

In this ZoomED In episode, we talk to Hans Klar, from Clemson Univesity, and Kristin Huggins, from WSU Vancouver, about their recently released book, Developing Rural School Leaders: Building Capacity Through Transformative Leadership Coaching (Published by: Routledge). In this book, the tandem combined a focus on rural education and school leadership development to illustrate how the teaching and learning conditions in rural schools can be enhanced through transformative leadership coaching.

Intersection of teaching and coaching

April 29, 2020 — David Bellamy

In this episode of ZoomED In, both host and guest might as well be sitting at the ballpark shooting the breeze; one baseball fan talking to another. We were able to talk to David Laremy who is finishing his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and also happens to be a graduate assistant on the WSU baseball team. He talked about his research and the intersection between teaching and coaching baseball, as well as what it’s like being part of a coaching staff led by first-year WSU coach Brian Green. #GoCougs

Sport Management fundraiser

April 27, 2020 — Chris Lebens

In this ZoomED In episode, we talk to Chris Lebens, an assistant clinical professor of Sport Management, about a group of students who, in spite of COVID-19, rolled with the punches and modified their capstone project in order to still have it take place. They raised more than $2,200 for the Lauren McCluskey Foundation by hosting a Virtual 5K event.

Pandemic Pedagogy

April 22, 2020 — Johnny Lupinacci

This is the third episode of ZoomED In’s first season and we talked to Johnny Lupinacci, assistant professor of Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education, about his research and scholarly work in equity and how education may look very different during this time. He talks about teachers rethinking how to provide quality instruction to their students given the huge inequalities and conditions.

Mindfulness and Yoga

April 21, 2020 — Anne Cox

In our second-ever episode, we talk to Anne Cox, an associate professor of Kinesiology, about her research in “Mindfulness” and how that dovetails nicely, for her, with yoga.

She talks about body image and viewing one’s body from the inside out, rather from the outside in.

WSU ROAR Online!

April 17, 2020 — Don McMahon

In this first season pilot episode, we talk to Don McMahon, an assistant professor of Special Education, about his role as Interim Director of ROAR, or, shall we say ROAR Online!

Don talks about moving ROAR online in the face of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), some of the challenges, and, most importantly, some of the successes.