A community of campus leaders developing storywork across the curriculum

“As educators, one of the ways we can connect with and care for our students is to help them make sense of the world around them. This can be done through the crafting and sharing of their stories.”

–Angel Larson, Storyboard


The process of intentionally shaping stories for specific contexts and communities.


Storywork lets students know that their experiences (inside and outside of the university) matter.

Storywork deepens learning and helps students take ownership of their educational experiences. 


Storywork promotes personal and intellectual growth by highlighting connections and revealing motivations.  

Storywork is enhanced by faculty and peer mentoring. 


Storywork is a process that evolves over time through ongoing reflection. 

Storywork requires safe and supportive spaces where students can practice reflection and articulation.

About Storyboard

Storyboard Vision

Students experience their education with a stronger sense of purpose and ownership if they are actively building their story during their time at Boise State.  

Why? Because stories have narrators and themes. They have pivotal moments of struggle and transformation. Stories communicate connections and deeper significance. As storytellers, Boise State students are empowered to understand and articulate the value of their educational experiences.  

By the time they graduate, students who have been supported in storywork demonstrate the following:

  • They have a system for collecting and organizing assignments and experiences;
  • They are reflective learners who seek to understand the purpose of assignments, the connections between courses, and the correlation between discipline-specific skills and future goals;
  • They can translate their skills and experiences, and share the story of their learning, for external audiences.

Storyboard Mission

We are a community of faculty and staff from across campus who are dedicated to helping students shape and share the story of their educational experiences. We meet regularly during the semester to collaborate on research and programmatic innovation. Individually, we develop and test strategies for integrating reflective practices and storywork across our specific areas.

Storyboard begins with the premise that there is inherent value within all of our degrees. Through curriculum and resource development, the Storyboard team draws that value to the surface so that students are consistently inquiring into their learning.

Storyboard Goals

We believe in the power of story, and we are dedicated to helping students share their personal stories. However, our primarily goal is to transform the ways in which students move through majors and programs by integrating reflective practices throughout the experience.

By weaving reflection across programs and experiences, we support students in the following ways:

  • Knowledge-building in and across disciplines: Students can see how their courses connect, diversify, and advance their knowledge/skills.
  • Deepening their understanding: Students can track the evolution of their ideas, understanding, and goals as they move through their program or major.
  • Connecting seemingly disparate skills and life experiences: Students can connect their experiences in general education, extracurricular opportunities, and their jobs to their major, forming a larger narrative of their university experience.

Theoretical Foundation

Storyboard is built on an intellectual foundation that is inclusive and integrative. We use narrative thinking and reflective practices to empower students to connect and articulate their experiences throughout their time at Boise State. These tools, when combined, create what we call storywork.

Interested in learning more about the theory behind our work?

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Storyboard Faculty

“Integrating storywork into and across our teaching and mentoring is a way for us to let students know they matter. Especially for our underrepresented students and especially in the context of campus growth–we see them, we hear them, and we are here to help them articulate their skills and stories.”

–Jill Heney, Storyboard

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    Amanda Ashley

    Urban Studies Program Coordinator & SPS Faculty Director

  • Portrait of Kevin Ausman

    Kevin Ausman

    Associate Professor, Physical Chemistry

  • Portrait of Liljana Babinkostova

    Liljana Babinkost-ova

    Professor, Mathematics

  • Portrait of Adam Colson

    Adam Colson

    Assistant Professor, Inorganic Chemistry

  • Portrait of Pat Delana

    Pat Delana

    Lecturer, Director of Marketing and Business Comm

  • Portrait of Heidi Estrem

    Heidi Estrem

    Professor, English; First-Year Writing Director

  • Portrait of Derek Ganong

    Derek Ganong

    Assistant Professor of Trumpet, Director of Jazz

  • Portrait of Jill Heney

    Jill Heney

    Lecturer, English; Shared Stories Lab

  • Portrait of Tiffany Hitesman

    Tiffany Hitesman

    Lecturer, English; Shared Stories Lab

  • Portrait of Kendall House

    Kendall House

    Lecturer, Anthro; UX certificate

  • Portrait of Eric Jankowski

    Eric Jankowski

    Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

  • Portrait of Jon Krutz

    Jon Krutz

    Lecturer, Marketing and Business Comm

  • Portrait of Angel Larson

    Angel Larson

    Lecturer, Curriculum, Instruction, & Foundational Studies

  • Portrait of Krishna Pakala

    Krishna Pakala

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering

  • Faculty portrait of Jon Schneider

    Jon Schneider

    Director of BAS and MDS Programs

  • Portrait of Caile Spear

    Caile Spear

    Professor, Community and Environ Health

  • Portrait of Emily Wakild

    Emily Wakild

    Professor, History and Environ Studies

  • Portrait of Sasha Wang

    Sasha Wang

    Associate Professor, Math Education

  • Portrait of Brian Wiley

    Brian Wiley

    Assistant Professor, Art, Design, and Visual Studies


“Storytelling opens the door for reflection; it’s impossible to hear someone’s story and not reflect on how you may be similar or different. In my experiences with students, it is this reflection that causes them to switch from passive to active.”

–Brian Wiley, Storyboard

  • Portrait of Kara Brascia

    Kara Brascia

    Service-Learning Director

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    Debbie Kaylor

    Career Center Director

  • Portrait of Alex Gutierrez

    Alex Gutierrez

    Associate Director, Career Development

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    Alison Skillbred

    Director of Programs, College of Innovation and Design

  • Portrait of Greg Wilson

    Greg Wilson

    General Education Coordinator, CWI

  • Portrait of Susan Shadle

    Susan Shadle

    Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

  • Portrait of Tasha Souza

    Tasha Souza

    Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

Storyboard Design & Selection Committee

“Stories are everlasting—but not immutable. As a form, they are nearly universal but the content, cadence, and capacity of stories to shape everything from biology to politics makes them enormously powerful.”

–Emily Wakild, Storyboard