Oba named Vice Provost for Enrollment Management - Saichi Oba is set to join the Office of the Provost next month as vice provost for enrollment management.

November 2020

Provost Perspective

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Oba named Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

Saichi Oba is set to join the Office of the Provost next month as vice provost for enrollment management. Oba has spent the past 20 years working in the University of Alaska system, most recently as associate vice president of academic and student affairs in the Office of Student and Enrollment Strategy. He has worked to support student success at public universities for 30 years and is excited to join the WSU team.

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Meyerhoff lecture and programming coming to WSU

A collaboration between WSU and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial and Museum will bring the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Annual Lecture and programming to the region. The multiyear regional initiative to address anti-Semitism, racism, and histories of persecution in North America will begin in the spring of 2021. Dr. Susan Neiman will deliver the Meyerhoff lecture virtually on February 23.

Read more about the Meyerhoff lecture

New Faculty features

WSU welcomed more than 130 new faculty members in 2020 across all colleges and campuses. This month, get to know Vivienne Baldassare and Stephanie RunningHawk Johnson in our New Faculty Spotlight Series. Baldassare, who researches black holes, was attracted to WSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy because of the supportive faculty and staff. RunningHawk Johnson joined the College of Education excited to teach and to build connections with tribal communities in the region to improve science education.

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WSU Tri‑Cities offers in‑state tuition to Umatilla County, Oregon students

The I‑82 Advantage program will offer in‑state tuition rates to students in Umatilla County, Oregon who wish to attend WSU Tri‑Cities. The program will save residents of Umatilla County thousands in tuition costs and is designed to help the University meet students where they are in light of the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Read more about the I‑82 Advantage

Student Success

WSU lands NIH grant for biomedical, engineering undergraduate MIRA program

A strong partnership between the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement and several units and colleges at WSU helped to establish the “motivating innovation and research achievement” (MIRA) program for underrepresented student researchers in biomedical science and engineering fields. The MIRA program is open to Honors College students who plan to engage in undergraduate research and aspire to graduate studies that lead to a career in biomedical research.

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Faculty Development

Final Faculty‑led Workshop of the semester Dec. 9

Academic Outreach and Innovation will host the final Faculty‑Led Workshop of the fall semester entitled, “Meeting your students where they are—Finding solutions and building community worldwide,” on December 9. Panelists Kate Hellmann, Emily Harmon, and Sharon Fraser‑Allen will discuss how to solve problems and support students, especially for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

WSU recognized for support of LGBTQ+ students

The Campus Pride Organization named WSU one of 2020’s “Best of the Best” colleges and universities for LGBTQ+ students. Campus Pride selected 40 campuses from six regions of the country who are deeply committed to LGBTQ+ students and rate the highest for inclusion in policy, program, and practice. WSU was one of eight institutions recognized in the western region.

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College Highlights

Tim Baszler, executive director of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab in the College of Veterinary Medicine, was honored with the 2020 American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians’ (AAVLD) Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes Baszler’s volunteer work to “substantially enrich and advance the AAVLD.”

Rebecca Cooney, clinical associate professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, was featured in the October issue of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication News. Cooney shared “tips for teaching and researching during [the] pandemic,” highlighting the backward design model when creating lessons, assignments, or activities.

Michelle Carter, an associate professor in the Carson College of Business, is the leading consultant on a $1 million National Science Foundation grant aimed at increasing the number of women professors in the information systems field. Carter is seeking to increase the number of women faculty in information systems at U.S. colleges and universities, which currently sits at about 28 percent.