Welcome to the fall semester - I am thrilled to have joined the Cougar family this summer and to start the fall semester as provost and executive vice president of Washington State University.

August 2020

Provost Perspective

Closeup of Provost Elizabeth Chilton.

Welcome to the fall semester

I am thrilled to have joined the Cougar family this summer and to start the fall semester as provost and executive vice president of Washington State University. I’ve spent most of my career at research-intensive public universities, and I believe we are perfectly positioned to engage our communities and make a difference through education, research, and extension programs. I look forward to getting to know our diverse community and places over the coming months and working with you as we pursue excellence and advance the land-grant mission of WSU.

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Cougs stay together online, apart on campus

WSU kicked off the fall semester with primarily distance learning and moved many events and activities online, a transition that benefits from decades of experience in online instruction through its Global Campus. As pandemic response plans take shape, the University is sharing important news and resources through its COVID‑19 website.

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Academic hotline provides answers

The Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC) is available to assist with questions from students and faculty at WSU Pullman as the semester gets underway. The ASCC is also still offering its array of services remotely, including advising, career advising, tutoring and other academic services. The academic hotline can be reached at 509‑335‑6000 or via email at fallacademicspullman@wsu.edu.

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Drive to 25

WSU undergrads earn 32 research awards

The Office of Undergraduate Research announced 32 WSU undergraduate students earned nearly $50,000 in awards to support their research, scholarship, and creative activities during the 2020–21 academic year. Students received 10 Auvil Scholars Fellowship awards, three Scott and Linda Carson Undergraduate Research awards, four WSU LSAMP Research awards, and 15 general undergraduate research awards.

Read more about WSU’s outstanding undergraduate researchers

Student Success

Programs provide free equipment for distance learning

Students are invited to borrow WiFi hot spot devices and laptops from WSU to use for distance learning through the fall semester. The programs started in the spring and have been expanded to accommodate more students. The Office of the Provost is collaborating with Information Technology Services on the program, which has loaned out more than 800 machines so far.

Read more about the laptop and hot spot loan programs

Link Up

Faculty Development

AOI offering virtual workshops for instructors

Academic Outreach and Innovation is offering virtual workshops for faculty on a variety of topics throughout the fall. There are both live and recorded workshops available, covering topics from making the most of Blackboard and Zoom to conversations about teaching.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Grants support artists responding to Black Lives Matter movement

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU Black Lives Matter Artist Grant program will distribute $2,500 grants to 20 artists across the state who will be asked to use their voices, experiences, and artistic expression to reflect on social justice efforts in response to systemic racism. The call for applications from Washington artists is part of a broader $150,000 effort funded by Jordan Schnitzer that includes similar grant opportunities for Oregon artists as well.

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College Highlights

Nairanjana “Jan” Dasgupta, professor and director of the data analytics program in the College of Arts and Sciences, was elected president of the Caucus for Women in Statistics (CWS), and will lead the international group for a one‑year term, beginning in 2021. CWS is a professional society formed in 1971 for the education, employment, and advancement of women statisticians.

Steve Hines, professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, was awarded fourth place in the international COVID Educational Creations Contest. Hines received the award on behalf of the VetMed Academy and Merck Veterinary Manual for podcast-style case discussions he video recorded via Zoom.

Arvin Sahaym, professor in the Carson College of Business, was awarded the Huber’s Dean Fellowship in Entrepreneurship. Sahaym joined WSU in 2007 and is being recognized for his many research and teaching contributions in the fields of strategy, entrepreneurship, and innovation management.