Enjoy the June 2018 issue of Provost Perspective - Jockers named dean of College of Arts and Sciences - Incoming freshman class stocked with scholars - Continuous contracts aim to provide stability for faculty, colleges

June 2018

Provost Perspective

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Jockers named dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Matthew Jockers, a world‑renowned literary scholar and data scientist, was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences after a nationwide search. Jockers is a professor of English and associate dean for research and partnerships in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska. He will begin his new role at WSU on August 1.

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Incoming freshman class stocked with scholars

Recruitment efforts and faculty involvement are helping to attract more high achieving students to WSU. Many prestigious scholarship recipients will become Cougars in the fall, continuing a trend of increased academic preparedness for incoming students. Among confirmed students for fall 2018, there is a 30 percent increase in the number of top scholars (defined as having a minimum 3.7 GPA and a 2,750 Q‑value). A total of 492 top scholars were confirmed for 2018 versus 378 for 2017.

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Continuous contracts aim to provide stability for faculty, colleges

Faculty led an effort to change the structure of contracts that will lead to more security for clinical and assistant professors and instructors, and better long‑term planning for colleges. The change is set to go into effect in August after much work by the WSU Faculty Senate and support from the Office of the Provost.

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College Highlights

Hannu Pappu, the President Samuel H. Smith Distinguished Professor and Carl F. and James L. Chuey Endowed Chair in the Department of Plant Pathology, earned a prestigious Humboldt Research Award for his more than 30 years of significant contribution to his field. The award will allow Pappu to spend up to a year working in Germany, studying how viruses interact with host plants and the plant’s defense response.

Hassan Ghasemzadeh and Kevan Moffett earned Faculty Early Career Development program awards from the National Science Foundation. Ghasemzadeh, an assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, earned a five‑year, $516,000 grant to improve wearable‑based health monitoring technology. Moffett, assistant professor of environmental hydrology in WSU Vancouver’s School of Environment, earned a five‑year, $690,534 grant to study how the urban water cycle interacts with the heat generated by urban areas.

Ali Mehrizi‑Sani was recognized with the Power and Energy Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. An assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mehrizi‑Sani was honored for his contributions in control and management of renewable energy sources.