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What's our story?

Shared Stories Lab is a Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) offered through Boise State’s Institute for Inclusive and Transformative Research. ¬†Students earn elective credit while building valuable skills¬†working alongside faculty researchers.

Is Shared Stories Lab a Class?

Shared Stories Lab is a full semester course, where students can enroll for 1-2 credits at the 200, 400, or 500 level. A permission number is required to sign up. To find out more or request a permission number, contact Jill or Tiffany, the faculty researchers.

However, Shared Stories Lab is structured differently than a typical course. Throughout the semester, students take control of their experience and use project planning methods to design their goals.

Who should join?

This project has currently been paused. Keep an eye for opportunities in the future.

We encourage students of all majors and disciplines to join and contribute to Shared Stories Lab.

We offer students opportunities to:

  • Collect oral histories
  • Contribute to a public blog
  • Develop interview skills
  • Work on social media campaigns
  • Plan long term projects
  • Build workplace communication skills
  • Work collaboratively
  • Fundraise
  • Edit and audio recordings

Faculty Researchers

If you have questions or would like a permission number to enroll in Shared Stories Lab, email Tiffany or Jill.

  • Tiffany Hitesman

    Tiffany Hitesman

    Lecturer

    Tiffany Hitesman resides in Boise, Idaho, where she grades, advises, and conducts writing workshops with students. She can often be found in front of a computer screen wasting time on social media, researching trends in developmental writing, reading archived newspapers regarding random local history, and occasionally writing the stuff she wants to write. She likes to ride bikes. Click here to read more about Tiffany’s academic career.

    Tiffany Hitesman resides in Boise, Idaho, where she grades, advises, and conducts writing workshops with students. She can often be found in front of a computer screen wasting time on social media, researching trends in developmental writing, reading archived newspapers regarding random local history, and occasionally writing the stuff she wants to write. She likes to ride bikes. Click here to read more about Tiffany’s academic career.

  • JIll Heney

    Jill Heney

    Lecturer

    Jill Heney enjoys teaching inquiry-based writing courses and witnessing students grow. In addition to Shared Stories Lab, her academic interests include digital writing pedagogies, creative nonfiction, and the literature of the American West. Her travel interests include Mackinac Island, Michigan; Taos, New Mexico; and Washington, D.C. Her baking interests include chocolate cake. Click here to read more about Jill’s academic career.

    Writing Studies

    Jill Heney enjoys teaching inquiry-based writing courses and witnessing students grow. In addition to Shared Stories Lab, her academic interests include digital writing pedagogies, creative nonfiction, and the literature of the American West. Her travel interests include Mackinac Island, Michigan; Taos, New Mexico; and Washington, D.C. Her baking interests include chocolate cake. Click here to read more about Jill’s academic career.