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Shevell Thibou is currently the Director of Teaching & Learning at Western Libraries. She enjoys every day at Western Washington University learning with and from brilliant student scholars and collaborating with dedicated staff and faculty.

Curriculum Vitae


PhD: Education

Expected Completion: 2021

Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington
Research Focus: Inquiry Based Learning/Impacts of Tenure & Promotion on Female Faculty of Color

MEd: Adult Education


Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington
Applied Research Project: “Learning Communities Impacts on Faculty Attitudes”

BA: Law & Diversity


Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington
Concentration in Communication


Director of Teaching and Learning, Western Libraries

Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington


Oversee policy, planning, and assessment responsibilities for the Learning Commons including the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio, the Teaching-Learning Academy, Tutoring Center, and Writing Instruction Support. Works in partnership with the faculty chair, librarians, staff, and student employees to establish shared goals for the Teaching and Learning division; this includes defining, assessing, nurturing, and cultivating diversity and equity within the division and throughout the organization. Promote and lead intentional change in the culture, systems, and structure of the division to create a more equitable and healthy teaching and learning experience.

Instructor, Adult & Higher Education Graduate Program

Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington


Teach a range of required and elective graduate courses related equity, inclusion, and leadership in the field of adult and higher education. See the courses page for more information.

Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning, Western Libraries

Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington


Responsible for assisting in the oversight, development, and assessment of the Teaching and Learning Division as well as the Learning Commons. This includes setting strategic goals for the Division, leading faculty development and outreach, developing curriculum for library courses and workshops, and leading assessment initiatives. Direct the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) including developing and evaluating programming, facilitating dialogue groups and other TLA-sponsored events, and recruiting participants. Collaborate with faculty and teaching staff in developing and refining curriculum for the Integrated Research and Writing Workshop Series and serve as a workshop facilitator. Instructor for the following library courses: LIBR 201: Introduction to Research Strategies, LIBR 205: Co-Inquirers of Learning, and LIBR 340: Speaking and Listening Practicum.

Learning Commons Coordinator, Western Libraries

Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington


Supported the development of the university’s Learning Commons and coordinated regular events that fit with the Libraries’ strategic goals. Supervised approximately 30 student staff divided between three programs within the Learning Commons and prepared, trained, and implemented professional development materials for all employees. Facilitated Learning Commons related workshops specific to teaching and learning, writing and researching, and best practices for collaboration.

Graduate Intern, Office of Student Life & Development

Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington


Provided support and instruction in regards to the development of events, budget, and student related issues that supported the Programming & Diversity Board. Coordinated and facilitated workshops related to professionalism and academic development.

Clerk III, District Court Probation

Whatcom County Courthouse, Bellingham, Washington


Assisted clients with documents needed to move forward with probation and other court related matters. Supported the facilitation of workflow within the department and the development of various training materials.