November 2019

Provost Perspective

People seated at a table in the Collection Study Center.

Art students get up close at Collection Study Center

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is helping students experience its works in new ways at the Collection Study Center. Faculty are eager to utilize the versatile space west of the Fine Arts Building, where students can get up close with some of WSU’s more than 4,000 works of art, many of which have been in storage for years.


Visioning conference produces valuable input

More than 650 WSU community members took part in the visioning conference that resulted in valuable input toward the University’s next system strategic plan. The day’s conversations centered on how WSU can carry out its teaching, research and community engagement mission to an even greater benefit to the state.

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Provost search committee named

The search for WSU’s next provost and executive vice president is underway, as a 15‑member search committee was named. Faculty member Julie Kmec and Stacy Pearson, vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer, are co‑chairs of the committee, which will aim to name a new provost by the end of the spring semester.

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Drive to 25

College of Medicine named Apple Distinguished School

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine was named as an Apple Distinguished School in recognition of its innovative approach to medical education. The College of Medicine was one of 470 educational organizations worldwide to receive the designation, given to institutions that showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

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Student Success

Carson Amplifier program preps Cougs for business world

The Carson College of Business is reshaping its curriculum to better prepare students for the job market. The Carson Amplifier program includes yearly milestones so that Carson College staff can track students’ progress, including their involvement on campus and in cocurricular activities. The program is designed to increase engagement in professional development activities and other experiences that will make students ready for employment upon graduation.

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Faculty Development

ADVANCE aims to build a new generation of female leaders

The WSU External Mentor Program helped Maria Gartstein find her career calling, and she’s now building on the mentor approach with help from a $1.2 million NSF grant supporting education leadership development for women in STEM. The Values-based Academic Leadership trajectories for Women in STEM (VAuLTS) is expanding the mentor program and other ADVANCE initiatives to 12 other Northwest institutions.

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Link Up

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Celebrating first-generation students

WSU celebrated First-Generation Week earlier this month, honoring students whose parents or guardians did not receive a four‑year degree and recognizing the many faculty and staff who are dedicated to helping them succeed. The University is recognized as a First-Forward institution by the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Take a look at six females in leadership roles who were first‑gen students and how they’re helping shape the future of WSU.

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College Highlights

Daniel E. Baker, professor of pharmacotherapy in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, was honored with the United States Pharmacopeia’s Thomas S. Foster Award in recognition of his significant contributions to global public health. Baker has volunteered with USP for many years, helping to develop and revise a drug classification system that Medicare Drug Benefit plans use to develop a list of medicines to reflect changes in therapeutic uses.

Kunter Gunasti, assistant professor of marketing in the Carson College of Business, received a 2019 Emerald Literati Award for a research paper he co‑authored on consumer preferences for copycat brands. His paper, “Original Brands in Competition Against High Quality Copycats,” co‑authored by Michigan State’s Hang Nguyen, was named a “Highly Commended Paper,” at the Awards of Excellence, sponsored by Emerald Publishing.

Marcelo Diversi, professor in the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at WSU Vancouver, won the 2019 Ethnography Division Best Book Award from the National Communication Association for his book, “Betweener Autoethnographies (Qualitative Inquiry and Social Justice).” Diversi co‑authored the book with friend and colleague Claudio Moreira, a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.