VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington State University Vancouver’s education programs are hosting the second annual Sherry Vaughan Distinguished Lecture in Education on Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. in the Student Services building lecture hall.

Dr. D. Jean Clandinin from the University of Alberta will lecture on “Shaping Teachers’ Identity Stories.”

“There’s a story of school,” Clandinin says, and teachers, students and parents “try to figure out how to live a life in the context of that. You’re asking for their own personal experiences. You’re not asking them for the views of others. You’re not asking for information on a survey. You’re asking them to sit down with you and reflect on what they were thinking and doing during a particular phase in their teaching.”

Director of the Centre for Research for Education and Development and professor of elementary education at the University of Alberta, Clandinin is well recognized as a leader in narrative research focused on teaching and teacher knowledge. She is also former vice president of the Curriculum Studies division of the American Educational Research Association and 1993 winner AERA’s of the Early Career Development Award.

Clandinin has authored and co-authored many journal articles including publication in Curriculum Inquiry, Teaching and Teacher Education, and the Cambridge Journal of Education. Her most recent co-authored books, are “Teachers’ Professional Knowledge Landscapes,” “Shaping a Professional Identity” and “Narrative Inquiry.”

The annual lecture was established by education faculty and staff in 2001 to recognize Vaughan’s dedication to education and the training of teachers and her 18 years of service to WSU. The lecture is funded by private contributions.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information on this lecture, call the education program at (360)546-9660. Anyone interested in supporting the lecture series can contact Jennifer Crooks, (360)546-9604 or