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Faculty Awards

Annual Awards

Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award

WSU’s Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award was first presented in 2000. This award is the university’s highest faculty honor.


The criteria for the Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award are as follows:

  • Recipient must be a full-time Washington State University faculty member
  • Recipient must have served the university for a minimum of 10 years
  • Recipient must have changed the thinking in his or her field by making lasting contributions through teaching, research, creative scholarship, and service
  • Recipient must have contributed notably to the vitality and strength of the Washington State University Community

Application Process

Nominators are asked to submit the nomination form, a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, and a narrative of 1000 words or less, stating why the nominee meets the award criteria and is deserving of the award.

Please do not submit additional information during the initial phase.  At a later date, for those nominees moving forward for secondary consideration, the nominator(s) will be asked to provide additional supporting information. Representative examples of additional information may include:

  • A brief description of the nominee’s position at Washington State University and the approximate percentages of assignment to instruction, service, and research, scholarship or arts.
  • An interpretive evaluation of the nominee’s contribution in relation to the award, including a summary of major accomplishments and evidence of impact on the nominee’s field and students.  In the evaluation, please directly address the criteria for the award.
  • Up to three letters of endorsement from individuals who can evaluate the nominee’s contribution relevant to the award.
  • A list of honors or recognitions received.
  • A list of invited addresses and other honors related to the nominee’s contribution.
  • A list of graduate students for whom they served as major professor.
  • A recent summary of teaching evaluations, courses taught (going back five years, and including, if available, response rates and college average) and class sizes.

Previous Award Recipients

2024 recipient Laura Hill
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2023 recipient Keri McCarthy
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2022 recipient John Roll
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2021 recipient Douglas Call

2020 recipient John Browse

2019 recipient K.W. Hipps
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2018 recipient Mark G. Kuzyk
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2017 recipient Kelvin Lynn
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Award Recipients

2024Laura Hill
2023Keri McCarthy
2022John Roll
2021Douglas Call
2020John Browse
2019K.W. Hipps
2018Mark Kuzyk
2017Kelvin Lynn
2016B.W. "Joe" Pooviah
2015John Reganold
2014 Ronald C. Mittelhammer
2013Guy H. Palmer
2012Michael J. Smerdon
2011Gregory W. Yasinitsky
2010James M. Krueger
2009Michael D. Griswold
2008Anjan Bose
2007J.Thomas Dickinson
2006Jack D. Rogers
2005Yogendra M. Gupta
2004Frances K. McSweeney
2003Rodney B. Croteau
2002Don Dillman
2001Ralph Yount