Message from President Roberts: The passing of Professor Pam Dusenberry

Dear Colleague,

It is with reverence and sadness that I share the news of the passing of Professor Pam Dusenberry, a recently retired faculty member. We mourn the loss of a dear and beloved member of our community, a mentor, and a colleague.  She was the longest-standing professor in the English Department, starting at the College in September 1988. She received tenure in 1992. She held an M.A. and M.Ed. from Columbia University and a B.A. from The Evergreen State College.

Pam was a champion for students and their learning. She was known for the profound kindness and love she showed her students. Pam loved helping students understand what college learning was all about; she helped them develop skills and tools for how to learn well.  She believed that all students could reach their goals in the College with the right support and instruction. Pam helped design Shoreline’s unique research-based, pre-college English program that integrates reading, writing, and study strategies using college-level materials and assignments. She, along with many other exemplary professors, also helped design curriculum for Cascadia College when it was first established.

She co-edited College Knowledge: Entries into Academic Culture, with fellow English Professors Dr. Dutch Henry and Sean Rody. She also co-authored Crossroads: Integrated Reading and Writing, with Julie Moore.

She contributed to the College in many ways, including helping write the General Education Outcomes and doing assessment work. She was important to the development and continued presence of interdisciplinary studies and team-teaching at Shoreline and taught Get in Gear (GIG) courses.

More information about memorial plans for Pam will be shared with the campus community in the coming days. In the meantime, any students needing emotional support are encouraged to reach out to our Counseling Center (206-546-4594), and employees may access emotional support services through EAP (877-313-4455).

Pam is survived by her son Spencer and her long-time partner, Becky Gibler, who is a former employee of the College. Please hold Pam’s family in your hearts at this difficult and most tender time.

With care,
Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.
Office of the President

Spring and Summer eLearning Support

Greetings faculty,

eLearning has developed resources that can help you successfully complete Spring quarter, prepare for Summer, and plan for Fall.

We have new and revised mini-workshops and support materials available. These focus on different aspects of online instruction and the use of educational technologies, and can be accessed in the Online Teaching – Spring and Summer Workshop Series module on our eLearning Resources for Faculty Canvas site. Zoom sessions on this growing list of topics will be offered throughout the summer. Each resource is different, but the time commitment will range from 15-50 minutes for each.

A “Module Makeover” service is available now through the summer. At your request, Instructional Designers will review your Canvas course and revise one of your existing modules to represent best practices for online instruction. The revised module can serve as a model for a consistently used weekly approach. Send your requests to with the course name and item number, and use “Module Makeover” as your email subject line for the best results.

A Foundations of Online Teaching training is available (now through the summer) to faculty who have not yet taught online. It includes four self-paced modules that require approximately 20 hours to complete, which includes the creation of content for your class. A stipend of $100 is available to faculty who successfully complete the course, create the identified deliverables, and have not previously received a stipend for this training. You can self enroll for the Foundations course here.

The Hybrid and Online Course Development Institute is available this summer once again, and enrollment is now open. This five-week experience requires active participation and approximately 20 hours for the full course and an additional 20 hours for the development of a course for review. A stipend of $100 is available for first-time faculty participants, and a stipend of $400 is available upon the successful development of your first Certified Course.

Amy, Derek, & Hoshimi

Online and Hybrid Quality Course Design Institute

ELearning Services is offering our Online and Hybrid Quality Course Design Institute again this Winter quarter. If you are interested in joining us, please read on for more information.

Participants will earn a $100 stipend for participating in the institute and then an additional $400 stipend for earning a Shoreline Quality Course Design Certification.

Course Overview
You will choose one of your courses to work on throughout the Institute – it can be a conversion of a course from F2F to Hybrid or to Online or even a brand new course. We will cover hybrid and online course design topics such as alignment of content with course outcomes, video assignments, high engagement teaching strategies, collaborative technologies, and practices to make your course more accessible.

Institute Schedule
This Institute will run for 6 weeks during Winter quarter. We will offer two identical sessions each of the 6 weeks, so you can choose which Thursday or Friday session you will attend each week based on your preference.

These sessions will be held on Thursdays 1:30pm – 3:30pm and Fridays 10:00am – 12:00pm.

    • Week 0: January 16th and 17th – Canvas Basics (Optional week for those wanting to learn more about Canvas)
    • Week 1: January 23rd and 24th – Course Overview and Introduction
    • Week 2: January 30th and 31st – Organizational Design Strategies
    • Week 3: February 6th and 7th – Backwards Design for Hybrid and Online Courses
    • Week 4: February 13th and 14th – Accessibility and Usability for all students
    • Week 5: February 20th and 21th – Student Engagement and Collaborative Technologies

How to Sign Up
If you would like to participate please send us an email to   and let us know the following:

    1. Are you planning to develop a new, or improve an existing, hybrid or online course?
    2. What is your department?
    3. Are you full- or part-time faculty?
    4. Do you think you will most often attend Thursday or Friday sessions?

Amy and Hoshimi

Amy Rovner, MPH RD
eLearning Instructional Designer
Associate Faculty Nutrition
(206) 546-6937

Hoshimi Tominari. M.A.
Hourly Instructional Designer
Associate Faculty Communication Studies

Commencement Cap & Gown/Verified Faculty Orders

Greetings All!

So far 36 faculty/staff members have reserved their Commencement Cap & Gown orders. For those of you who have signed up, thank you, and please check the Verifed Faculty Order (list of names) to insure that your cap & gown reservation went through, as glitches/errors may occur.

For those of you who plan to attend, I encourage you to follow these ordering procedures and instructions and sign up sooner than later. The deadline is Friday, May 10, which is this Friday!!

Please call me if you need help, and/or to verify your order.

Thanks very much Everyone!!

Kind regards,
Lisa Smith
Program Assistant
Student Life

WalkOUT/TeachIN- Let’s ROC (Reinvest in Our Colleges)

Tues., April 16: 9:30am-2pm
PUB Courtyard

This Walkout is about advocating for our entire community: students, faculty, and staff. It’s about sending a message to Olympia that they MUST value the important role higher education plays in the lives of Washington citizens. It’s also about helping our students understand the state of higher education and how underfunding impacts them. Speakers, Postcards to our Legislators, March/Picket, and other activities.
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