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.


How might our students’ educational experiences change if we invite them to approach college as a story they are building?

Stories have narrators, themes, scenes, and chapters. They have moments of struggle and transformation. Stories move beyond chronological reporting by communicating connections and deeper significance.

Instead of focusing on a degree box, we believe that students will experience their education with more purpose and ownership if they are actively building their story during their time at Boise State.  

We help students build their story by:

  • Embedding reflection. We believe that reflection should be integrated into all courses, programs, campus jobs, and experiential learning so that students are analyzing meaning and connecting experiences throughout their college experience.
  • Naming specific skills. We believe that students should receive consistent support in naming the specific skills they gain in their courses and through experiential learning. 
  • Focusing on student experience. We believe that in order to support students in building their story, faculty should rethink the design and delivery of courses, programs, and degrees in ways that focus more directly on the student experience.  


What is Storyboard’s Role?

Storyboard is a community of faculty and staff from across the Boise State campus who are dedicated to helping students shape and share their stories. We focus on community-building, pedagogical innovation, and fostering student leadership. 

Community. As a group, we meet regularly to collaborate on research and pedagogical innovation. Together we develop and test strategies for integrating reflection, narrative, and articulation (i.e., “storywork”) into courses and across programs.

Training. We offer CTL workshops on reflective practices and storywork strategies.

Mentoring. We work with a team of students to develop reflection-based peer mentoring support.

Theoretical Foundation

Interested in learning more about the theory behind our work?

Visit our team’s LibGuide for resources pertaining to the core concepts of storywork: narrative, reflection, integrative learning, articulation, and inclusivity.

Explore our LibGuide

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

  • Portrait of Amanda Ashley

    Amanda Ashley

    Associate Professor; URBAN Studies Program Lead

  • Portrait of Kevin Ausman

    Kevin Ausman

    Associate Professor, Physical Chemistry

  • Portrait of Liljana Babinkostova

    Lilijana Babinkostova

    Professor, Mathematics

  • Portrait of Adam Colson

    Adam Colson

    Assistant Professor, Inorganic Chemistry

  • Portrait of Pat Delana

    Pat Delana

    Lecturer, Marketing/Business Communication

  • 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, Anthropology

  • Portrait of Eric Jankowski

    Eric Jankowski

    Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

  • Portrait of Jon Krutz

    Jon Krutz

    Lecturer, Marketing/Business Communication

  • Portrait of Angel Larson

    Angel Larson

    Lecturer, Curriculum, Instruction, & Foundational Studies

  • Portrait of Jillian Moroney

    Jillian Moroney

    Clinical Professor, URBAN Studies Program Lead for Spring 2019

  • Portrait of Krishna Pakala

    Krishna Pakala

    Clinical Associate Professor, Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering

  • Faculty portrait of Jon Schneider

    Jon Schneider

    Director of Bachelor of Applied Science and Multidisciplinary Studies Programs

  • Portrait of Caile Spear

    Caile Spear

    Professor, Community and Environmental Health

  • Portrait of Emily Wakild

    Emily Wakild

    Professor, History and Environmental Studies

  • Portrait of Sasha Wang

    Sasha Wang

    Associate Professor, Math Education

  • Portrait of Brian Wiley

    Brian Wiley

    Assistant Professor, Art, Design, and Visual Studies

  • Portrait of Greg Wilson

    Greg Wilson

    Lecturer, Multidisciplinary Studies

Campus Partners

“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

Storyboard Selection & Design 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