BELLINGHAM - Bruce Larson, a professor at Western Washington University's Woodring College of Education, has been appointed the school's new Faculty Athletics Representative. His three-year term officially began July 15.
The 51-year-old Larson, who came to WWU in 1996, is beginning his fifth year as chair of the secondary education department. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in curriculum development, educational psychology, instructional strategies, assessment and history/social studies teaching methods. Larson also observes and evaluates student teachers earning their 5-12 teaching certificates.
"I am very pleased that Bruce has agreed to serve as Faculty Athletics Representative," Western President Bruce Shepard said in a news release. "He brings a wealth of experience as an athlete, a coach, and an educator to the role, and knows how important it is to strike the right balance between athletics and academics at an institution like Western. I look forward to our work together to support Western's high-achieving student athletes and outstanding coaches."
Larson, who was a 2003 recipient of Western's Excellence in Teaching Award, obtained his bachelor of arts and education degree at Pacific Lutheran University in 1984 and received masters of education (1991) and doctorate (1995) degrees at University of Washington.
At PLU, Larson competed in football as an offensive guard. As a senior in 1984, he earned first-team NAIA All-America honors as well as Little All-Northwest, all-district and all-conference recognition. He also received All-America honorable mention as a junior on a team that won the Northwest Conference championship.