New faculty embark on WSU journeys - More than 130 new faculty joined WSU this fall, bringing innovative teaching, research and creative activities to the community.

September 2020

Provost Perspective

Individual closeups of Kelsey Pascoe and Jacqueline Wilson.

New faculty embark on
WSU journeys

More than 130 new faculty joined WSU this fall, bringing innovative teaching, research, and creative activities to the community. Get to know a few of our new faculty from across the system in our New Faculty Spotlight series. Kelsey Pascoe brings a passion for serving incarcerated and formerly incarcerated populations to the College of Nursing, while Jacqueline Wilson is a talented bassoonist who is exploring the confluence of classical music and her Native American roots.

Distance learning grants spark innovation

Faculty are finding new ways to deliver hands‑on experiences to students where they live thanks to grants from WSU. The Office of the Provost has distributed more than $100,000 to more than 50 faculty members. The grants are being used to create unique experiences that would likely not be available otherwise.

Read more about WSU faculty and distance learning grants

WSU student enrollment dips slightly

Enrollment for the fall semester dropped slightly overall, but was bolstered by strong growth at WSU’s Global Campus. Enrollment across the system fell just 1.4%, while the online Global Campus grew by 23.2% to a record 4,021 students. WSU Health Sciences Spokane and WSU Everett also saw enrollment increases over fall 2019. Campuses in Pullman, Tri‑Cities, and Vancouver saw declines.

Read more about student enrollment

Town Halls continue through the fall

President Kirk Schulz and provost Elizabeth Chilton are meeting with colleges and units throughout the WSU system in a series of town hall events throughout the fall. A total of 18 town hall meetings are scheduled, with the University leaders discussing institutional accomplishments and priorities for the year before engaging in question-and-answer sessions with attendees.

Read more about Town Halls 2020

Drive to 25

WSU launches new research center in Kenya

The Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health is launching a new Center for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases that will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. The center is receiving $7.6 million in funding over five years from the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Read more about the new research center

Student Success

Neuroscience grad student lands Graduate Research Fellowship

Julianna Brutman, a graduate student in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s neuroscience graduate program earned a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Brutman is a graduate of WSU’s Students Targeted toward Advanced Research Studies (STARS) program and earned her bachelor of science in neuroscience in 2018.

Read more about Julianna Brutman

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Faculty Development

Inclusive pedagogy workshop Sept. 24

The WSU Community, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence office is offering a workshop on inclusive pedagogy and community of practice on Thursday, September 24 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The workshop features WSU’s Jaime Nolan, associate vice president for community, equity, and inclusive excellence, and Jim Burns, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at Florida International University.

Read more about inclusive pedagogy and register to attend

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Rodríguez-Vivaldi continuing to serve after retirement

Beloved WSU faculty member María Rodríguez-Vivaldi retired as an associate professor and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, but she will remain active through volunteer work on campus. She is a member of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Advisory Council and remains a volunteer with the WSU‑Hearts in Motion medical mission program.

Read more about Rodríguez‑Vivaldi

College Highlights

A.G. Rud and Sola Adesope won the Society of Professors of Education’s outstanding book award for 2020. The two College of Education faculty members collaborated on Contemporary Technologies in Education: Maximizing Student Engagement, Motivation, and Learning, published by Palgrave McMillan.

Three College of Nursing faculty members—Roschelle (Shelly) Fritz, Renee Hoeksel, and Kawkab Shishani—will be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. The WSU professors are among 230 people worldwide being recognized for their contributions to health and health care.

Porismita Borah, associate professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication won first place in the Political Communication Division at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s annual conference for her collaborative research paper, “How the Left, Center, and Right Covered the #MeToo Movement: Structural Topic Modeling, Thematic Structure and Language Patterns.” Borah also received “Top Faculty Research Paper Poster” in the Political Communication Division for her research, “How Do People Learn About Political Affairs When Incidentally Exposed to News? Clarifying Political Knowledge Paradoxical Direct and Indirect Effects.”