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Dr. Scott Linneman, Honors Director
Scott Linneman (he/him) joined WWU Honors as Director in 2016 and is a Professor of Geology and Science Education. His academic background includes a B.A. from Carleton College in Minnesota and a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming. His research has spanned the fields of igneous petrology and volcanology (in the Cascades, Central America, and Turkey), geomorphology (large landslides), and how people learn about geologic rates.
Dr. Linneman served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow working on teacher preparation at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. He has directed an NSF GK-12 Catalysts for Reform Project at WWU and was co-PI for WWU’s North Cascades and Olympics Science Partnership, an NSF Math-Science Partnership. Dr. Linneman served on the executive committees for the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (as president), the Washington Science Teachers Association, and the NSF MARGINS Steering Committee. He taught for 10 years at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston ID, where he was awarded the Arts and Sciences Teaching Award and the Talkington Teaching Award. In 2011 Dr. Linneman was named the Higher Education Science Teacher of the Year for Washington by WSTA. In 2013 he was selected as the Washington Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Dr. Tristan Goldman, Assistant Director and Academic Advisor
Dr. Tristan Goldman (he/him) is a scholar of the Classical World at Western Washington University's history department in Bellingham. Tristan earned his B.A. and M.A. in Classics and his Ph.D. in history at the University of Washington. His research primarily involves how interaction with Asia, Persia in particular, contributed to shaping the history of Greece during the Classical Period.
For the past five years, Tristan has taught courses in the first-year sequence of Honors at WWU in addition to his full-time teaching commitment in history over the past six years. He invests the majority of his productive time designing and developing innovative curriculum in all of his courses to better meet the needs of undergraduate students arriving at the university from diverse backgrounds and preparing them to participate in a complex, diverse professional environment. In 2013, in his second year teaching at Western, Tristan received the Ronald Kleinknecht Teaching Excellence award in large part as a reflection of the time Tristan invests in creating successful learning outcomes for students. In 2017, Tristan began working more closely with Honors under the guidance of Dr. Scott Linneman in order to assess that the program fully meets the needs of the students by redefining existing curriculum, developing new curriculum, and offering academic mentoring and advising to Honors students. Tristan is a voting, lineal member of the Estom Yumeka Maidu tribe, information concerning which can be found here.
Kiersten Horton, Honors Student Life Coordinator
Kiersten (she/her) is a Washington native who moved to Bellingham after completing her Master’s Degree in Education (WSU) and joined the WWU Office of Admissions. She continues to play, explore and gain new appreciation for all of the adventures that the city of Bellingham has to offer. One of the things she appreciates most about Western is the community. She finds there is always a smiling face to greet you or a friend who is interested in catching up over coffee. Please connect with Kiersten if you are interested in learning more about the WWU Honors community, including questions related to the admissions process.
Kate Stevenson, Program Manager
Kate (she/her) completed her B.S. in Fitness/Exercise Science at Western Washington University and continued her professional career in Bellingham. She has always appreciated the landscape, outdoor recreational activities, arts, and entertainment that Bellingham offers. Kate is fortunate to have worked in many facets of WWU, including the Dance Department, Catering, Event Services, Family Outreach, and the Faculty/Staff Wellness Program. Kate is thrilled to be part of the Honors Team to support the students, share her institutional knowledge, and bring joy to the amazing WWU community!
Hannah Saleeb, Communications and Academic Advisor
Hannah (she/her) received her B.A. in cultural anthropology from Western Washington University and is a graduate of WWU Honors. During her undergrad, she focused on Latin American history along with journalism. She started doing work for Honors while she was the Student Honors Board Publicist and then moved to be a Web & Tech Specialist. Upon graduating, she happily decided to stay in Bellingham to continue working for Honors. When not in the office, she enjoys exploring the great PNW, camping, and painting.