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New director sets vision for the Center for Transformational Learning & Leadership


It’s a new year and a new opportunity for Denise Yost, Ph.D.  Yost recently took the helm of the Center for Transformational Learning & Leadership (CTLL) within the Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. Yost replaces former CTLL Director Kim Kidwell, who departed in November for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Yost is a WSU alum who completed her undergraduate degree in 2000 in Wildlife Science.  She returned to WSU in 2014 after completing her Ph.D. in Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maryland in 2010 and working as a scientist in the fields of genetics and physiology. While her academic discipline is in the hard sciences, she has been a student of personal growth and transformation since 2004. She said her training in mindfulness and leadership skills stemmed from her experience being part of dysfunctional teams, both in the private and academic settings.

“It was a personal and professional journey,” Yost said. “I returned to WSU (in 2014) to give back and elevate a community that allowed my development and success,” she said.

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Here at the CTLL we’re proud to be part of the exciting transformational student experience commitment at Washington State University. Next week (Feb. 21) the faculty development program LIFT launches for a pilot semester of rolling up our sleeves and walking our talk, let’s do this Cougs!

LIFT is a component of the Transformational Change Initiative (co-Principal Investigators Laura Hill, Sam Swindell and Denise Yost), a five-year grant with a goal to support students’ academic success, increase their life skills and resilience, and transform their experience at WSU.

LIFT’s Faculty Fellows Program is designed to support instructors in using teaching methods and modules that have been shown to improve students’ engagement, connection, and learning; decrease course withdrawal and fail rates; and increase retention.

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