JUNE 2017


Kelly Ward


The Office of the Provost welcomes Dr. Kelly Ward as the University’s Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Recognition, beginning this month.

Ward joins the Office of the Provost after serving as a professor of higher education, and Chair in the Department of Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology at WSU. In her new role, Ward will advise the provost, deans, and department chairs on policy and procedural matters related to faculty, and on personnel issues related to individual faculty members as they arise.

Read more about Ward’s position as a key advocate and resource for WSU faculty.



Eight WSU faculty members landed grants from the Office of Research and the Office of the Provost to strengthen and enhance research and creative endeavors in the arts and humanities. A wide range of projects received a total of $75,142 in funding from the 2016 strategic reallocation.

The awardees include: Peter Chilson (Department of English), Luz Maria Gordillo (CCGRS and History, WSU Vancouver), Kevin Haas (Department of Fine Arts), Xinmin Liu (Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures), Danh Pham (Department of Music), Linda Russo (Department of English), Shannon Scott (Department of Music), and Sophia Tegart (Department of Music).

Read more about the funded arts and humanities seed grant projects.

Strategic Plan 2014–2019 Progress Report Through 2016


The 2016 Strategic Plan Progress Report reflects just some of the many accomplishments WSU has made in advancing the goals of the Strategic Plan over the past year. The report includes summaries of progress within each theme of the Strategic Plan, examples of the excellent work happening throughout our University and a breakdown of the 57 metrics outlined in the Strategic Plan. You can find the Strategic Plan Progress Report online (PDF), or request a hard copy by email.



Honors College student Alyssa Norris racked up several honors at the conclusion of her junior year at WSU. Norris received a Udall Foundation honorable mention award in the environment category, and she was a finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship (WSU’s first finalist since 1990). Norris was also named the Outstanding Junior in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. Read more about Norris and her unique story.

Doctoral student Shuresh Ghimire won a $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship from Annie’s Homegrown, Inc. Ghimire, a graduate research assistant at WSU’s Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center, was recognized for his enthusiasm, passion and commitment to sustainable agriculture. The award supports the next generation of farmers committed to sustainable farming practices.

Among the graduates from the College of Nursing’s doctoral program were Yasmin Musa Al-Shannaq and Anas Mohammad, a couple from Jordan who are set to return to their home country to begin faculty positions at Jordan University of Science and Technology. The couple credited WSU’s dedicated faculty for helping them find success. Mohammad was honored with the Chancellor’s Award during Spring Commencement.

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