Elizabeth Chilton was selected as WSU’s next provost and executive vice president after a nationwide search concluded earlier this month.

May 2020

Provost Perspective

Closeup of Elizabeth Chilton.

Chilton selected as next provost

Elizabeth Chilton was selected as WSU’s next provost and executive vice president after a nationwide search concluded earlier this month. Chilton currently serves as dean of the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University in New York. She will begin in her new role at WSU on August 1.

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Message from Dr. Chilton

Slinker’s devotion to WSU shines through

After delaying his retirement to serve as interim provost and executive vice president, Bryan Slinker led the University’s academic enterprise through one of the most challenging semesters in history with the onset of the COVID‑19 pandemic. A first-generation college student himself, Slinker remains dedicated to helping students and empowering faculty in his final months working for WSU.

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Carter named outstanding chair/director

Pat Carter has focused on developing an engaging curriculum and empowering faculty through his time as director of the School of Biological Sciences. He was recognized as the Outstanding Chair/Director for 2019–20 by his colleagues.

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Grads celebrated during virtual celebration

WSU welcomed more than 5,000 new alumni earlier this month, celebrating the graduates with an online celebration that included surprise guests and touching tributes. Traditional commencement ceremonies were delayed due to COVID-19, but the virtual celebration has drawn more than 14,000 views on YouTube.

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Drive to 25

Adesope to work with leaders in Africa to transform STEM education

Sola Adesope was recently appointed to the Africa Center of Excellence for transformative STEM education. Over the next five years, he will work with fellow scholars and education leaders across Africa to shape STEM education, aiming to make it more relevant and applicable to students across the continent.

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Student Success

DAESA student staff member earns Student Employee of the Year award

Noah Sanchez, a communications assistant in the Office of Academic Engagement, was named Student Employee of the Year for Washington state after earning the same award for WSU. Sanchez has been part of Cougs Rise since high school, works for the organization at WSU, and will be a peer mentor there as of fall.

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Link Up

Faculty Development

Teaching Academy welcomes 27 new members

The President’s Teaching Academy nearly doubled its membership as faculty from six colleges and 17 departments joined the group this spring. The academy is dedicated to advancing the practice of great teaching and delivering outstanding teaching experiences to students.

Read more about the academy and its new members

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

McNeil a longtime advocate for CLFSA

Brian McNeil, faculty member in the College of Education, helped found the Chicano Latinx Faculty Staff Association (CLFSA) early in his career at WSU. His research focuses on migrant farm workers and the issues they face, melding his heritage, his community, and the land‑grant mission that drives his work.

Read more about Brian McNeil and CLFSA

College Highlights

Christina Chi, professor in the Carson College of Business, was named a fellow of the International Association for China Tourism Studies in recognition of her more than a decade collaborating on tourism research with academics in China. Chi joins 30 other fellows representing scholars at research institutions worldwide.

Bill Schlosser, instructor in the School of the Environment in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, was recognized with the Oaks Award from Academic Outreach and Innovation. Schlosser received the honor for the innovative application of software tools for students to effectively complete environmental research activities and present their findings, following the system-wide transition to distance learning in 2020.

Anastasia Tucker, education and outreach archivist in the WSU Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC), was chosen from among more than 60 candidates for an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Heritage. Tucker will participate in a three‑year program relating to multicultural collections and trainings. She provides support for several ongoing projects administered by the CDSC, which is jointly run by the WSU Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences.