Enjoy the March 2018 issue of Provost Perspective - Pinkleton selected as Murrow College dean - Faculty strengthen WSU across the system - Showcase kicks off March 27

March 2018

Provost Perspective

Bruce Pinkleton wearing commencement attire and speaking during a ceremony

Pinkleton selected as Murrow College dean

After serving for more than two years as interim dean, Bruce Pinkleton was named dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication following a national search. Pinkleton joined the WSU faculty in 1993 and his research interests focus on health promotion, media literacy, and decision-making in the digital era.


Faculty strengthen WSU across the system

Washington State University’s land-grant mission is advancing in exciting ways across the state as faculty lead the way. Leveraging our campuses and delivery systems, the transformative student experience is available in more places, and by more means, than ever.

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Showcase kicks off March 27

Showcase, WSU’s annual celebration of academic excellence, will begin March 27 as President Kirk Schulz delivers his State of the University address at 3:10 p.m. in Bryan Hall. Showcase will continue through the week, and conclude with Monday’s Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA).

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College Highlights

History professors Sue Peabody and Donna Sinclair are collaborating with Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries and the Clark County Historical Museum to offer a series of community conversations and workshops to document local stories and foster community dialogue and mutual understanding. The changing demographics of Clark County inspired the project, led by the WSU Vancouver faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Kristen Pratt, a language and literacy instructor in the College of Education at WSU Vancouver, was recognized with the outstanding dissertation award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Pratt’s research explored language interaction in a third-grade Spanish-English classroom, as students, teachers, and community members negotiated their bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural identities.

Debbie Brinker, assistant dean in the College of Nursing, will be inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame this spring. She will be one of six honorees at a ceremony on March 22 in Seattle. Brinker is currently president of the Washington Center for Nursing, a faculty advisor for the Nursing Students of Washington State, a member of the Leadership Washington Nursing Action Coalition, and a member of the steering Committee of Action Now! The Initiative to Solve State Nursing Education Challenges.

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