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Featured Faculty Members

Dustin McLarty (Feb. 26)

Dustin McLarty, left, is presented as the Provost’s Featured Faculty member by Provost Dan Bernardo during the Cougars’ 79-71 win over Washington on Feb. 26 at Beasley Coliseum.

Washington State University Provost, Dan Bernardo, is delighted to recognize outstanding contributions by WSU Faculty Members. Dr. Dustin McLarty is Provost Featured Faculty Member for Sunday, Feb. 26. McLarty is an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at WSU.

McLarty emphasizes that teaching at WSU means a great deal to him.

“The best work is always done in teams, and Cougar teams are the best,” McLarty says. “I am inspired by the collaborative spirit among students and faculty at WSU, and how this spirit fosters success across disciplines, merging social sciences and different engineering fields to tackle grand challenges in food, energy, and water.”

Please join the Provost in thanking Dr. Dustin McLarty for his exemplary contributions to WSU!

Nathalie Wall

Nathalie Wall, right, is honored as a Featured Faculty member by Provost Dan Bernardo, left, at the WSU basketball game Saturday, Feb. 18.

Washington State University Provost, Dan Bernardo, is delighted to recognize outstanding contributions by WSU Faculty Members. It is a pleasure to introduce Dr. Nathalie Wall as today’s Provost Featured Faculty Member.  Wall is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at WSU.

Wall emphasizes that teaching at WSU means a great deal to her.

“Teaching at WSU is like no other experience,” Wall says. “Interactions with students have taught me patience and humility. This job is not really a job anymore; it is self-fulfilling too. I am never bored, observe students strive, and receive the incredible blessing of changing the world, one Coug at a time.”

Please join the Provost in thanking Dr. Nathalie Wall for her exemplary contributions to WSU!

Debbie Handy

Debbie Handy, right, is honored by Provost Dan Bernardo, left, during the Cougars’ basketball game against USC Saturday, Feb. 4 at Beasley Coliseum.

Washington State University Provost Dan Bernardo is delighted to recognize outstanding contributions by WSU Faculty Members. It is a pleasure to introduce Dr. Debbie Handy as today’s Provost Featured Faculty Member. Handy is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Human Development at WSU.

Handy emphasizes that teaching at WSU means a great deal to her.

“I work with young people who are beginning their journeys to independence,” she says. “I coach and encourage my students to be confident of their abilities. They keep me excited about my career. I hope I can inspire my students to really engage themselves in their professional preparation.”

Please join the Provost in thanking Debbie Handy for her exemplary contributions to WSU!

Bill Davis

Bill Davis, middle, points to the crowd as he is honored during the Cougars’ game against Colorado Jan. 28. At left is Provost Dan Bernardo.

Washington State University Provost Dan Bernardo is delighted to recognize outstanding contributions by WSU Faculty Members. introduce Dr. Bill Davis is the Provost Featured Faculty Member for the Jan. 21 basketball game against Colorado.

Davis is an associate professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at WSU. He emphasizes that teaching at WSU means a great deal to him.

“It is my privilege to educate current and future Cougs,” Davis says. “I believe that students learn science by doing science. Every year, the 1,000 students in Biology 107 complete a research project that supports WSU’s land-grant mission. In my classrooms and leadership role, I strive to create an inclusive environment where all Cougs can achieve success.”

Please join the Provost in thanking Bill Davis for his exemplary contributions to WSU!

John Petrie and Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe

John Petrie, third from left, and Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, third from right, are honored by Provost Dan Bernardo, center, during the Cougars' victory over Cal on Nov. 12.
John Petrie, third from left, and Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, third from right, are honored by Provost Dan Bernardo, center, during the Cougars’ victory over Cal on Nov. 12.

Washington State University Provost Dan Bernardo is delighted to recognize Drs. John Petrie and Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe as the Provost Featured Faculty Members for the Nov. 12 football game against California.

Petrie is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Petrie emphasizes that teaching and research at WSU means a great deal to him.

“The next generation of civil and environmental engineers is vital to our future and teaching at WSU gives me great hope,” Petrie says. “I am truly grateful to engage every day with our dynamic students in and out of the classroom. And to be surrounded by world-class faculty who provide opportunity, support, and inspiration is an honor.”

Schmitter-Edgecombe is the Meyer Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology.

“It has been a privilege to mentor students as they take advantage of opportunities at WSU and mature into outstanding clinicians, researchers and leaders,” Schmitter-Edgecombe says. “I have especially enjoyed challenging future generations of researchers and leaders to recognize societal issues and create novel solutions by engaging these students in cross-disciplinary training in health care and technology.”

Please join Provost Bernardo in thanking John Petrie and Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe for their exemplary contributions to WSU!

Mary Gilles and Carl Heine

Carl Heine, left, and Mary Gilles, right, are honored by provost Dan Bernardo, center during the Cougars' 69-7 win over Arizona Nov. 5, at Martin Stadium.
Faculty members Carl Heine, left, and Mary Gilles, right, are honored by Provost Dan Bernardo, center, during the Cougars’ 69-7 win over Arizona Nov. 5, at Martin Stadium.

Washington State University Provost Dan Bernardo is delighted to recognize outstanding contributions by WSU Faculty Members. Mary Gilles and Dr. Carl Heine are the Provost’s Featured Faculty Members for the Nov. 5 game against Arizona.

Mary Gilles is WSU’s Business and Economics Librarian and recently celebrated her 45th anniversary at the university! Gilles emphasizes that her university-wide interactions means a great deal to her.

“I am especially involved with students and faculty in the business and economics areas as well as the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles,” Gilles says. “It is very gratifying to contribute to students’ educational success and to support faculty in their teaching and research. Librarianship is a terrific profession and I have been fortunate to spend my career at WSU.”

Heine is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, which just received preliminary accreditation!

“The opportunity to help create a new medical school within a great university, and with a team of amazing colleagues has been a tremendous experience,” Heine says. “We are building a medical school that will educate physicians to lead the future of health care in the State of Washington and beyond. I am honored and humbled to be part of this project.”

Please join Provost Bernardo in thanking Mary Gilles and Carl Heine for their exemplary contributions to WSU!

Sandy Cooper and Gay Selby

WSU faculty members Sandy Cooper, left, and Gay Selby, right, are recognized by provost Dan Bernardo, center, during the Cougars' victory over UCLA on Oct. 15 at Martin Stadium.
WSU faculty members Sandy Cooper, left, and Gay Selby, right, are recognized by provost Dan Bernardo, center, during the Cougars’ victory over UCLA on Oct. 15 at Martin Stadium.

Washington State University Provost Dan Bernardo is delighted to recognize outstanding contributions by WSU Faculty Members. Drs. Sandy Cooper and Gay Selby are the Provost’s Featured Faculty Members for the football game against UCLA on Oct. 15.

Cooper is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Cooper emphasizes that teaching and research at WSU means a great deal to her.

“I am here to help WSU students realize their dreams,” she says. “Getting students into the right level of math ensures that they are poised for success from the start. I love teaching first-year students and working closely with colleagues to assess and improve the design and effectiveness of mathematics courses.”

Selby is a clinical professor and Educational Leadership Program Chair in the College of Education in Vancouver.

“Teaching in the Educational Leadership Program for WSU has provided me an opportunity to share my experiences with numerous students who are now leading schools and school districts in Washington state,” Selby says. “I have been privileged to work with students who are highly motivated to become outstanding school leaders, who are making a difference for students and teachers.”

Please join Provost Bernardo in thanking Sandy Cooper and Gay Selby for their exemplary contributions to WSU!

Jesus Bravo and Sandy Carollo

Jesus Bravo, center left, and Sandy Carollo, right, are honored during WSU's victory over Oregon at Martin Stadium.
Jesus Bravo, center left, and Sandy Carollo, right, are honored during WSU’s victory over Oregon at Martin Stadium.

Washington State University Provost Dan Bernardo is delighted to recognize Jesus Bravo and Sandy Carollo as Provost Featured Faculty Members for Oct. 1’s football game against Oregon.

Bravo is a clinical assistant professor in the Carson College of Business at WSU Tri-Cities. Bravo emphasizes that teaching and research at WSU means a great deal to him.

“I am given the wonderful opportunity to engage students on many levels,” he says. “To teach students, mentor students, and provide support through internship projects and Master’s theses is a privilege. I am so lucky to be able to learn through my research but also to be able to make a difference in the lives of people through my teaching.”

Dr. Carollo is a clinical associate professor in the College of Nursing in Yakima.

“It is an honor to serve as faculty in the College of Nursing, a highly respected leader in nursing research and clinical preparation at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Our students provide approximately 60% of the nursing workforce in Washington State, and they are positively impacting the healthcare of individuals, families, and communities locally, nationally, and internationally. It is a privilege to partner with other faculty and students for a common goal of transforming the direction of healthcare.”

Please join Provost Bernardo in thanking Jesus Bravo and Sandy Carollo for their exemplary contributions to WSU!

Katrina Mealey and Benjamin Shors

Katrina Mealey, left, and Benjamin Shors, right, are recognized on the field during the Cougars' victory over Idaho Sept. 17 at Martin Stadium.
Katrina Mealey, left, and Benjamin Shors, right, are recognized on the field during the Cougars’ victory over Idaho Sept. 17 at Martin Stadium.

Washington State University Provost Dan Bernardo is delighted to recognize Professors Katrina Mealey and Benjamin Shors as the Provost’s Featured Faculty Members for Sept. 17.

Mealey is a Professor and the Richard L. Ott Endowed Chair in Small Animal Medicine at WSU. She emphasizes that teaching and research at WSU means a great deal to her.

“Discoveries made by faculty in WSU’s Program in Individualized Medicine have raised the standard of care for veterinary patients,” Mealey says. “It is a pleasure and privilege to share that information with each and every student in the College of Veterinary Medicine so that, upon graduation, they can provide cutting-edge, high-quality veterinary care to their patients.”

Shors is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Edward R. Morrow College of Communication.

“I am honored to teach at the Morrow College of Communication, where for the past eight years I have been inspired and humbled to work with a new generation of thought leaders in mass media and storytelling,” Shors says. “Teaching allows me to work side-by-side with young people whose insightful, critical work shapes our understanding of the region and the world.”

Please join Provost Bernardo in thanking Professors Katrina Mealey and Benjamin Shors for their exemplary contributions to WSU!

Terri Levien and Martin Maquivar

Faculty members Terri Levien, second from left, and Martin Maquivar wave to the crowd after being honored by Provost Dan Bernardo, center, during the Sept. 3 football game at Martin Stadium.
Faculty members Terri Levien, second from left, and Martin Maquivar wave to the crowd after being honored by Provost Dan Bernardo, center, during the Sept. 3 football game at Martin Stadium.

Washington State University Provost Dan Bernardo is delighted to recognize outstanding contributions by WSU faculty members.  It is a pleasure to introduce Drs. Terri Levien and Martin Maquivar as the Provost Featured Faculty Members for the Sept. 3 football game against Eastern Washington.Levien is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy. Levien emphasizes that teaching at WSU means a great deal to her.

“As a WSU alumnus, I deeply value the opportunity and responsibility I have to contribute to the development of the next generation of Cougar pharmacists,” Levien says. “It is extremely rewarding guiding students to develop the skills necessary to critically evaluate drug information, and to use those skills to provide excellent patient care.”

Maquivar is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences.

“Teaching at WSU means the opportunity to expose students about the field of animal sciences, particularly with beef and dairy cattle reproduction!” Maquivar says.

Please join Provost Bernardo in thanking Drs. Terri Levien and Martin Maquivar for their exemplary contributions to WSU!

2015-16

Interim Co-Provosts Erica Austin and Ron Mittelhammer are honoring faculty throughout the year by featuring a faculty member at each home football and basketball game throughout the year. The Featured Faculty Members receive two tickets to the game, and are publicly recognized during the game.

The following individuals were recognized as Featured Faculty Members in 2015-16:

Jeff Joireman

Washington State University co-Provost Ron Mittelhammer, second from left, honors faculty member Jeff Joireman, accompanied by his wife, Esther, and son Joshua during a first half media timeout in the Cougars' game against California Sunday, Feb. 21 at Beasley Coliseum.
Washington State University co-Provost Ron Mittelhammer, second from left, honors faculty member Jeff Joireman, accompanied by his wife, Esther, and son Joshua during a first half media timeout in the Cougars’ game against California Sunday, Feb. 21 at Beasley Coliseum.

Jeff Joireman, an associate professor in the Department of Marketing and International Business, is the Provost’s Featured Faculty Member for the Feb. 21 basketball game against California.

Joireman says he enjoys all aspects of his work with WSU students.

“In the classroom, it means provoking interest, stimulating dialog, encouraging analysis, and inspiring and equipping students to address the world’s most pressing problems,” Joireman says. “At a broader level, teaching at WSU means staying young, reaching higher, driving on, and exceeding all expectations. Lastly, teaching at WSU means taking pride in what my colleagues, students, and I accomplish individually, as a team, and as a university, and building on that sense of pride to achieve even greater things in the future. In sum, teaching at WSU is about fully embracing a culture of success.”

Chip Hunter, the dean of the Carson College of Business, says Joireman goes the extra mile to make a difference for students, and his community.

“Dr. Jeff Joireman is a respected faculty leader and serves the college in many capacities beyond teaching and research,” Hunter says. “His dedication includes helping revise the college’s strategic plan, leading doctoral programs, participating in study abroad, and much more. Jeff is an award-winning teacher and a respected mentor to countless undergraduate and doctoral students. His popular courses inspire students and equip them to address the world’s most pressing problems.”


Philip Mixter

Phil Mixter, middle, was honored as the Featured Faculty member at the Feb. 18 basketball game against Stanford.
Philip Mixter, middle, was honored as the Featured Faculty member at the Feb. 18 basketball game against Stanford.

The Provosts’ Featured Faculty Member for the Feb. 18 game against Stanford was Philip Mixter, a clinical associate professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences.

Mixter says he enjoys motivating students to reach their goals.

“I love to facilitate all kinds of learning at WSU, helping student motivation go from a spark to a roaring blaze,” Mixter says. “I engage students with new learning strategies, prompt new ways to apply their knowledge and they engage me with insightful questions. I am interested in student motivation and decision-making as they move forward in their training. I’m surrounded by many great WSU teachers, especially in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Teaching Academy. The College of Veterinary Medicine has recently embarked on a peer coaching initiative to enhance instruction in every part of the college, where teachers continue to learn from each other. WSU is full of great students and great teaching colleagues.”

Bryan Slinker, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, says Mixter’s dedication and leadership do not go unnoticed.

“Across the many years of his WSU faculty career, he has been an award-winning teacher of medical students (in the WWAMI program) and undergraduate students in Molecular Biosciences,” Slinker says. “He is one of the leaders of the College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Academy, as well as the Western Regional collaborative Teaching Academy. He is committed to student success, improving his own teaching, researching to find improved teaching methods, and promoting faculty development through rigorous peer review of teaching and other activities.”

Donna Campbell

Donna Campbell and co-provost Ron Mittelhammer are shown on the video screen at Beasley Coliseum during the Cougars' game against Arizona State Saturday, Feb. 6.
Donna Campbell and co-provost Ron Mittelhammer are shown on the video screen at Beasley Coliseum during the Cougars’ game against Arizona State Saturday, Feb. 6.

Donna Campbell, professor in the Department of English, was the Provosts’ Featured Faculty Member for the Feb. 6 basketball game against Arizona State.

Campbell says her position allows her to take students beyond the classroom to make real life connections.

“Teaching at WSU means the opportunity to show students that the great resources of the university can make the knowledge of the past come alive in the present,” she says. “For example, students can visit the MASC (Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections) and read original, one-of-a-kind letters from Charles Dickens. When we read his novels it reshapes the hands-on experience for the world beyond the classroom in their papers, weblogs, and digital projects.”

The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Daryll DeWald appreciates Campbell’s leadership and dedication to life-long learning.

“Dr. Donna Campbell, professor and vice chair of the English Department is a nationally-recognized scholar in digital humanities, film, and early 20th century women’s fiction,” DeWald says. “She is also an expert in the application of technology to learning environments and she encourages her students to find broader audiences beyond the classroom. Her pioneering work at WSU is dramatically improving student learning at WSU. We applaud her excellent work.”

Paula Groves Price

Washington State University co-provosts Erica Austin, left, and Ron Mittelhammer honor Paula Groves Price for her academic and teaching excellence during a media timeout in the first half of the Cougars' Feb. 3 basketball game at Beasley Coliseum.
Washington State University co-provosts Erica Austin, left, and Ron Mittelhammer honor Paula Groves Price for her academic and teaching excellence during a media timeout in the first half of the Cougars’ Feb. 3 basketball game at Beasley Coliseum.

Paula Groves Price, an associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at WSU, was the Featured Faculty Member on Feb. 3 and was honored during the basketball game against Arizona at Beasley Coliseum.

“Being a faculty member at WSU means having the opportunity to work with high quality and diverse students who are committed to education and social justice,” Price says. “I enjoy teaching future teachers and administrators who are making big differences in schools across the state. My greatest joy and passion is teaching and engaging in research with my colleagues and doctoral students in the Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education program. I feel fortunate to have spent the last 15 years of my career here at WSU with fabulous colleagues and students.”

Mike Trevisan, dean of the College of Education, says Price is an exemplary faculty member.

“Excellence is the operative word for Dr. Paula Groves Price, providing an example for all to emulate. Paula works tirelessly for diversity, and has unwavering support for international collaborations and partnerships. Coupled with her research and scholarship in these areas, Paula showcases a commitment to equity and opportunity for marginalized and underrepresented groups and a positive global presence for Washington State Univerisity. Here enthusiasm is contagious and her passion is very real.”


David Conley

David Conley is shown on the video screen at Beasley Coliseum on Jan. 23.
David Conley is shown on the video screen at Beasley Coliseum on Jan. 23.

David Conley was the Provost’s Featured Faculty Member for Jan. 23. Conley is a clinical associate professor in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at WSU.

“I have had the privilege of teaching human anatomy at WSU for 20 years and it is by far the most challenging and satisfying part of my job,” Conley says. “The energy, enthusiasm, and curiosity of students motivates me constantly. Anatomy is one of the foundations of medicine, so as a teacher of future health care providers, I feel a tremendous obligation to do my best, since WSU graduates will someday serve our communities and care for our fellow human beings. I can’t wait to work with future Cougar doctors in the new Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine!”

Ken Roberts, vice dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, says Conley’s dedication to teaching sets him apart.

“Dr. Conley is the director of Human Anatomy Education in the College and an absolutely outstanding faculty member. He has educated hundreds of medical students and thousands of undergraduates in anatomy during his time at WSU. Dr. Conley has won our teaching award so many times we’ve had to bar him from the competition! The reasons are simple: Dr. Conley is an outstanding teacher, he is innovative, approachable and, most important, he cares about students and it is important to him that they learn. He’s one of WSU’s very best!”


Girish Ganjyal

Girish Ganjyal, left, joins co-provost Ron Mittelhammer at the Cougars' basketball game on Jan. 21.
Girish Ganjyal, left, joins co-provost Ron Mittelhammer at the Cougars’ basketball game on Jan. 21.

Girish Ganjyal was the Provost’s Featured Faculty Member for January 21. Ganjyal, an Assistant Professor and Extension Food Processing Specialist in the School of Food Science at WSU, was honored during the men’s basketball game against Utah.

Ganjyal emphasizes that teaching at WSU means a great deal to him.

“It is an honor and fun to work with all the brilliant people (the students, staff and faculty) on campus and across the state,” Ganjyal says. “In my job, I also get to work with the people in the community, around the Pacific Northwest region. This includes the farmers who grow our food, the processors who convert the food into the finished products, the food regulating agencies and the various groups of growers and processors. Many of them are our alumni. It’s one big family. I learn a lot every day by interacting with all the wonderful people I am surrounded by!”

The Acting Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, Kim Kidwell, says Ganjyal is an extremely valuable member of WSU’s faculty.

“Dr. Girish Ganjyal is a national expert in food processing and ingredient technology leaving a successful career at PepsiCo to join WSU,” Kidwell says. “Girish is developing new, healthy and high value (and fun) foods for everyone. He is also creating processing solutions for our important fruit, grain and potato industries that improve sustainability, efficiency and global competitiveness. Girish is leading WSU food processing and safety extension and outreach efforts across the state and region. Because of the joint School of Food Science, he is both a Coug and a Vandal – and a star player on our team.”


Connie Remsberg

Connie Remsberg, center waves to the crowd during WSU's basketball game against Washington Jan. 9 at Beasley Coliseum.
Connie Remsberg, center, waves to the crowd during WSU’s basketball game against Washington Jan. 9 at Beasley Coliseum, flanked by her husband Manoah Solandros, right, and co-provost Erica Austin.

Connie Remsberg, a clinical assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences in the College of Pharmacy, was the Provost’s Featured Faculty Member for Jan. 9. She was honored during the Cougars’ men’s basketball game against Washington.

Remsberg draws satisfaction from advancing the pharmacy profession and seeing students make discoveries in the classroom.

“The most worthwhile aspect about teaching at WSU has been the connection with the students,” she says. “It is gratifying to feel that I am contributing to the next generation of pharmacists and being part of advancing the pharmacy profession. It is particularly rewarding to watch the light bulb moment for a student who just had the concept click. The students are the reason I enjoy teaching at WSU every day.”

Gary Pollack, Dean of the College of Pharmacy, appreciates Remsberg’s dedication to excellence and innovation.

“Dr. Remsberg is leading the effort to establish the WSU College of Pharmacy as the most progressive pharmacy education program in the nation,” Pollack says. “She is committed to assisting her faculty colleagues in adopting and evaluating new teaching and learning models. She also is an outstanding example of a student-centric educator who demands, and receives, the best from her students. Dr. Remsberg is quickly establishing a national reputation as an educator-scholar, and we are indeed fortunate to have her as a member of our faculty.”


Gary Haldorson

Co-provosts Ron Mittelhammer, left, and Erica Austin, right, honor Gary Haldorson during a media timeout Saturday, Nov. 21, at Martin Stadium. The Cougars beat the Buffaloes 27-3.
Co-provosts Ron Mittelhammer, left, and Erica Austin, right, honor Gary Haldorson during a media timeout Saturday, Nov. 21, at Martin Stadium. The Cougars beat the Buffaloes 27-3.

The Featured Faculty Member for the Nov. 21 football game against Colorado was Dr. Gary Haldorson, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology and Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at WSU.

Haldorson is grateful for the unique professional opportunity working at WSU affords him.

“As a practicing veterinarian, one of the most enjoyable parts of my job was explaining difficult concepts regarding anatomy, physiology, or disease processes to my clients,” Haldorson says. “By teaching at WSU, I have been given the opportunity to combine my passion for private practice with instruction in pathology to undergraduates, veterinary students, and graduate veterinarians in veterinary pathology.  I feel like we are all teachers, the only thing that varies is the topic and the level of training of our audience.  I love teaching veterinary students at WSU and especially love seeing them develop into practicing veterinarians that go out and help maintain the well-being of our pets and livestock.  I feel blessed to be part of the teaching community at WSU.”

The Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Bryan Slinker, says Haldorson is a dedicated and highly respected faculty member.

“Dr. Gary Haldorson is actively engaged in curricular innovation and our Teaching Academy,” Slinker says. “He excels in graduate education, leadership of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student success, and academic progress programs.”


Nairanjana Dasgupta

Washington State provost Ron Mittelhammer, middle right, with Featured Faculty member Jan Dasgupta, middle left, and Cougars' cheerleaders during the Cougars' 38-24 win over Arizona State on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Martin Stadium.
Washington State provost Ron Mittelhammer, middle right, with Featured Faculty member Jan Dasgupta, middle left, and Cougars’ cheerleaders during the Cougars’ 38-24 win over Arizona State on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Martin Stadium.

Nairanjana Dasgupta was honored as the Provosts’ Featured Faculty Member at the Nov. 7 football game against Arizona State at Martin Stadium.

Dasgupta is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at WSU.

“It’s the quality of the unexpected that fascinates me about being a teacher at WSU,” Dasgupta says. “It is also a way to be in touch with a younger, more creative generation, who ask, ‘why’ about things I had taken for granted.  I have enjoyed every one of them and treasure knowing them and being able to touch their life in some way.”

Daryll DeWald, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, says Dasgupta is a outstanding representative of the College.

“Dr. Jan Dasgupta is an extraordinary statistics educator and researcher. She is selflessly devoted to leading important WSU statistic initiatives. People describe her as a kind and gracious leader who facilitates teams that strive to work well together.”


Julie Kmec

Washington State University co-Provosts Erica Austin and Ron Mittelhammer honor sociology professor Julie Kmec during a third quarter timeout of the Cougars game against the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at Martin Stadium in Pullman.
Washington State University co-Provosts Erica Austin and Ron Mittelhammer honor sociology professor Julie Kmec during a third quarter timeout of the Cougars game against Stanford on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at Martin Stadium in Pullman.

Dr. Julie Kmec, a professor in the Department of Sociology and the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts at WSU, was honored as the Featured Faculty Member at the football game against Stanford on Oct. 31. Teaching is a rewarding and engaging experience for Kmec.

“Teaching at WSU has reminded me how education shapes lives and how teaching and research are linked,” she says. “I have watched students learn how to think differently about their place in the social world. By incorporating my own research into the classroom, teaching has helped me understand what I study from a different perspective, and subsequently, makes me a better researcher.”

Dr. Daryll DeWald, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, says Kmec is an exemplary professor. She has served on the William Julius Wilson award committee, the academic integrity review board, and the college curriculum committee.

“Professor Kmec is an extremely valuable member of the Department of Sociology and College of Arts and Sciences at WSU. She has a high impact research program that examines workplace inequality, and she is an outstanding educator.”


Sola Adesope

Sola Adesope was the Featured Faculty Member for WSU's victory over Oregon State. From left to right are Tolu Adesope, Erica Austin, Sola Adesope and Ron Mittlehammer.
Sola Adesope was the Featured Faculty Member for WSU’s victory over Oregon State on Oct. 17, 2015, at Martin Stadium in Pullman. From left to right are Tolu Adesope, Erica Austin, Sola Adesope and Ron Mittlehammer.

Sola Adesope, assistant professor of educational psychology, was the Provosts’ Featured Faculty Member at the Cougars’ football game against Oregon State on Oct. 17 at Martin Stadium. Adesope and his wife Tolu were guests of the Provosts for the game, and enjoyed the Cougars’ 52-31 victory over Oregon State. The Provosts plan to honor faculty members at home football and basketball games throughout the year. Read more about Adesope and his passion for teaching at WSU.