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Faculty Awards

Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards

The President’s Faculty Excellence Awards for Instruction, Leadership, Outreach and Engagement, and Research, Scholarship and the Arts were first presented at the 1983 Commencement to demonstrate the University’s high regard for meritorious faculty service. In 1994, three awards became part of the Washington State University’s President’s Excellence Awards Program and were named the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards in Instruction, Public Service, and Research, Scholarship and Arts. In 2008, a fourth award in Leadership was added to these awards. The naming honors Washington State University benefactors Lee and Jody Sahlin.

Washington State University, in establishing the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards, wishes to recognize in a tangible way the truly outstanding accomplishments and exceptional individual achievements of its faculty. The Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards are designed to honor those faculty members who epitomize the highest levels of performance and excellence in the pursuit of the University’s goals and thereby in the fulfillment of its mission.

I. Eligibility

All regularly appointed tenured and non-tenured members of the Washington State University faculty (half time or greater) at the time of election are eligible for this award.

II. Nominations

An eligible person can be nominated by any member of the Washington State University faculty or any person with an in-depth knowledge of the activities of that person. Renominations are not only permitted but encouraged.

A. Process

Nominators are asked to submit the enclosed nomination form, a copy of the nominee’s vita, and a narrative stating why the nominee meets the award criteria and is deserving of the award. Following review of the nominating forms and vitae, each of the selection committees will identify a list of finalists and ask the nominator(s) of each of these finalists to provide additional documents (see section B below). For finalists who have been nominated in previous years, previously submitted documents can be used as appropriate.

The President and Provost/Executive Vice President will review the recommendations from the selection committees.

B. Information Required for Finalists

If a nominee is selected as a finalist, the following information will be required:

  • A brief description of the nominee’s position at Washington State University for the past five years and the approximate percentages of assignment to instruction, public 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.  An assessment of the role of collaborators such as graduate students and co-workers should be included.  In the evaluation, please directly address the criteria for the award (i.e. exceptional effective instruction, organizing or conducting new courses or programs of study, revitalizing existing courses or programs of study, and establishing a national reputation as a leader in instruction).
  • 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 he/she 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.

III. Selection Committees

The selection committee for each award will comprise seven faculty members, four appointed by the Faculty Senate, and three, including the chair, to be appointed by the President of the University. The duties of each of the selection committees are to review all nominations for the award, to select the finalists for the second stage of consideration and to recommend one finalist to the President of the University.

IV. Presentation of Awards

Each award, consisting of a plaque and recognition, will be presented at Showcase as a way of recognizing the contributions of the recipient and of reaffirming the University’s dedication to excellence in its activities.

Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction

The Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction is presented to a member of the faculty in recognition of truly outstanding accomplishments in the establishment of excellence in the instructional programs of Washington State University. Activities encompassed by this award may be either outstanding singular accomplishments or a record of excellence over a period of years including:

  • Exceptionally effective instruction;
  • Organizing or conducting new courses or programs of study;
  • Revitalizing existing courses or programs of study; and
  • Establishing a national reputation as a leader in instruction.

2017 recipient Julie Kmec
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Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Leadership

The intent of the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Leadership is to recognize the outstanding performance by a Washington State University faculty member in leadership activities that serve the university and/or the academy. Leadership is defined as any activity that sets the direction of, advances, or benefits a group such as the department, college, university or academy. Activities that primarily benefit the public are more appropriate for the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Outreach and Engagement.

Activities encompassed by the present award may be either outstanding singular accomplishments or a long record of excellent leadership. In either case, a record of merely serving on committees is not sufficient for the award. Instead, the candidate must have actively directed the activities of the committees on which (s)he served and the committee’s activities must have had an important impact on the group being served.

2017 recipient Craig Parks
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Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Outreach and Engagement

The intent of the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Outreach and Engagement is to recognize the outstanding performance by a Washington State University faculty member toward fulfilling the University’s public service mission, mainly by outreach and engagement into the state or nation. The award serves to honor truly exceptional accomplishments through activities directed toward extending instruction, research, and supporting resources to a broader public. Activities encompassed by this award are either outstanding singular accomplishments or a record of excellence in outreach and engagement including:
Enhancing the public’s appreciation of Washington State University;

  • Having direct and significant impact on the public through a program or project;
  • Having an indirect impact on Washington State University’s ability to provide public service;
  • Engaging in public service in the state that is “above and beyond” one’s normal job responsibilities; and
  • Relating those outreach and engagement activities to the individual’s discipline orientation.

2017 recipient Douglas Walsh
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Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Research, Scholarship and Arts

The Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Research, Scholarship and Arts is presented to a member of the faculty in recognition of excellence and outstanding accomplishment in research, scholarship or arts. The award will be given for a major research or creative contribution or series of contributions completed at Washington State University. The contribution can be empirical, theoretical, or artistic, but must be widely recognized as highly meritorious and must have had a significant impact. Specific evaluation criteria include the following:

  • To what extent is the contribution novel or creative;
  • What is the impact of the contribution on the field;
  • How significant is the contribution;
  • How would the contribution compare to contributions of faculty members at comparable institutions;
  • What honors and other recognition have come to the nominee for the contribution; and
  • What is the stature of the nominee in the field?

2017 recipient Douglas Call
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Year
Recipient
TitleCategory
2017-18Ray SunAssociate Professor, HistoryInstruction
Marvin PittsClinical Professor, Mechanical and Materials EngineeringLeadership
Joe HarrisonAnimal Scientist and Extension SpecialistOutreach and Engagement
William HamlinProfessor, EnglishResearch, Scholarship and the Arts
2016-17Julie KmecProfessor, SociologyInstruction
Craig ParksAssistant Vice ProvostLeadership
Douglas WalshProfessor, EntomologyOutreach and Engagement
Douglas CallProfessor and Associate Director, Research and Graduate EducationResearch, Scholarship and Arts
2015-16Charles MunsonProfessor, Finance and Management ScienceInstruction
John RollWSU SpokaneLeadership
Carol BlackPesticide Safety Education Specialist, Extension Specialist, Entomology Outreach and Engagement
Diane CookProfessor, Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceResearch, Scholarship and Arts
2014-2015Kristen A. JohnsonProfessor and Scientist, Animal SciencesInstruction
Vicki A. McCrackenProfessor, Economic SciencesLeadership
Kim D. PattenProfessor, WSU Extension ANROutreach and Engagement
Kenneth L. NashProfessor, ChemistryResearch, Scholarship and Arts
2013-2014Charles PezeshkiProfessor, Mechanical and Materials EngineeringInstruction
Debra InglisProfessor, Plant PathologyWSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (Mount Vernon NWREC)
Leadership
Sue B. ClarkRegents Professor, ChemistryOutreach and Engagement
Thomas BesserProfessor, Veterinary Microbiology and PathologyResearch, Scholarship and Arts
2012-2013Catherine A. ElstadClinical Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Associate Dean, University Honors CollegeInstruction
Amy S. WhartonProfessor, Sociology and Director, College of Arts and Sciences, WSU VancouverLeadership
Clayton J. MosherProfessor, Sociology, WSU VancouverOutreach and Engagement
Kerry W. HippsProfessor and Chair, ChemistryResearch, Scholarship and Arts
2011-2012Lori M. CarrisAssociate Professor and Associate Plant Pathologist, Plant PathologyInstruction
Robert E. RosenmanProfessor, Economic SciencesLeadership
Gary G. GroveProfessor and Extension Specialist, Plant Pathology, WSU Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension CenterOutreach and Engagement
Wendy C. BrownRegents Professor, Veterinary Microbiology and PathologyResearch, Scholarship and Arts
2010-2011Richard S. ZackAssociate Professor, Entomology and Director, M.T. James Entomoligical Collection
Instruction
 Denny C. DavisProfessor, Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering and Director, Engineering Education Research Center
Leadership
 Susan FinleyAssociate Professor, Teaching and Learning, WSU Vancouver
Outreach and Engagement
 B.W. "Joe" Poovaiah Regents Professor, Horticulture and Landscape ArchitectureResearch, Scholarship and Arts
2009-2010Thomas M. TrippProfessor, Management and Operations DepartmentInstruction
 Mary Sanchez LanierClinical Associate Professor, Molecular Biosciences and Associate Dean, College of Sciences
Leadership
 Timothy J. SmithExtension Educator, WSU ExtensionOutreach and Engagement
 Gustavo V. Barbosa-CanovasProfessor, Biological Systems Engineering
Research, Scholarship and Arts
2008-2009Carol AnelliAssociate Professor, EntomologyInstruction 
 Kenneth L. CasavantProfessor and Scientist, Economic Sciences Leadership 
 Terry F. McElwainExecutive Director, Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and Professor, Veterinary Microbiology and PathologyOutreach and Engagement 
 W. Sue RitterProfessor, Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and PhysiologyResearch, Scholarship and Arts 
2007-2008
Guy H. PalmerRegents Professor, Veterinary Microbiology and PathologyResearch 
 
Kathy A. BeermanProfessor, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Instruction
 
David M. GranatsteinArea Extension Agent and Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Tree Fruit Research Extension Center
Outreach and Engagement
 
Kenneth A. StruckmeyerAssociate Professor, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and University Ombudsman
 Leadership
2006-2007Duane W. DeTempleProfessor, Mathematics
Instruction
 J. Daniel DolanProfessor, Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringPublic Service
Lai-Sheng WangProfessor, Physics
Research
2005-2006
J. Thomas DickinsonRegents Professor, Physics
Instruction
 
Richard H. DoughertyFood Science Specialist, Food Science and Human NutritionPublic Service
Michael K. SkinnerDirector, Center for Reproductive Biology
Research
2004-2005
Lisa J. McIntyreAssociate Professor, Sociology
Instruction
 
Scott C. MatulichProfessor, Economic Sciences
Public Service
Victor VillanuevaProfessor, English
Research
2003-2004
Roger SchlesingerProfessor, HistoryInstruction
 
Kenneth L. CasavantProfessor, Agriculture and Resource Economics
Public Service
John A. BrowseProfessor, Biological Sciences
Research
2002-2003
Thomas BrighamProfessor, Psychology
Instruction
 
Alice SpitzerHumanities/Social Sciences Librarian
Public Service
Gerald EdwardsProfessor, Biological Sciences
Research
2001-2002
Ron MittlehammerProfessor, Agricultural Economics
Instruction
 
John PaznokasAssociate Professor, Biological Sciences
Public Service
Frances McSweeneyProfessor, PsychologyResearch
2000-2001
Steve ParishProfessor, Veterinary Clinical SciencesInstruction
 
Jay BrunnerEntomologist and Director, Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, WenatcheePublic Service
James KruegerProfessor, Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology, and PhysiologyResearch
1999-2000
Shelli FowlerAssociate Professor, English and Comparative American CulturesInstruction
 
Christine SodorffDirector, Teacher Education Student Services
Public Service
Philip MarstonProfessor, Physics
Research
1998-1999
Denny DavisProfessor, Biological Systems EngineeringInstruction
 
Charles GaskinsAssociate Professor, Animal Sciences
Public Service
Michael GriswoldProfessor, Biochemistry and BiophysicsResearch
1997-1998Stephen A. HinesAssociate Professor, Veterinary Microbiology and PathologyInstruction
 
R. Alan BlackAssociate Professor, Botany and Program in BiologyPublic Service
Clayton CroweProfessor, Mechanical and Materials EngineeringResearch
1996-1997
Joe AyresProfessor, CommunicationInstruction
 
Arthur AntonelliExtension Entomologist, WSU Puyallup
Public Service
Michael J. SmerdonProfessor, Biochemistry & BiophysicsResearch
1995-1996
Richard W. CrainProfessor, Mechanical and Materials EngineeringInstruction
 
Kelsey GrayExtension Specialist, Cooperative Extension
Public Services
Peter W. KalivasProfessor, Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and PhysiologyResearch
1994-1995
Phillip L. SengerProfessor, Animal Sciences
Instruction
 
Raymond W. Wright, Jr.Professor, Animal Sciences
Public Services
Don A. DillmanDirector, Social and Economics Sciences Research Center and Professor, Departments of Sociology and Rural SociologyResearch
1993-1994
Kenneth CarperProfessor, School of Architecture
Instruction
 
Margaret ViebrockArea Extension Agent, Home Economics, Douglas and Chelan Counties
Public Service
Yogendra GuptaProfessor, Physics
Research
1992-1993
Larry E. DavisAssistant Professor, GeologyInstruction
 
George J. PinyuhArea Extension Agent, Horticulture, King and Pierce CountiesPublic Service
J. Thomas DickinsonProfessor, PhysicsResearch
1991-1992
Richard S. WilliamsAssociate Professor, HistoryInstruction
 
John C. LittleCounty Extension Agent, 4-HPublic Service
Rodney CroteauProfessor and Fellow, Institute of Biological ChemistryResearch
1990-1991
Everett L. MartinAssociate Professor and Associate Animal ScientistInstruction
 
Nicholas P. LovrichProfessor, Political Science
Public Service
Bruce A. McFaddenProfessor, Biochemistry and BiophysicsResearch
1989-1990John P. ReganoldAssociate Professor, Soil ScienceInstruction
 
Ardis Armstrong YoungChair and Professor, Adult and Youth Education
Public Service
Philip D. GollnickProfessor, PhysiologyResearch
1988-1989
John W. CraneAssociate Professor, Biology and ZoologyInstruction
 
Glenn A. CrosbyProfessor, Chemistry and Chemical PhysicsPublic Service
Ralph G. YountProfessor, Chemistry and BiochemistryResearch
1987-1988
Gerald L. YoungChair, General BiologyInstruction
 
Thomas L. BartonProfessor, English
Public Service
Linda L. RandallProfessor, Program in Biochemistry/BiophysicsResearch
1986-1987William R. RayburnProfessor, General Biology
Instruction
 
R. Keith CampbellProfessor, Clinical Pharmacy
Public Service
James F. Short, Jr.Professor and Scientist, Sociology
Research
1985-1986
Calvin T. LongProfessor, MathematicsInstruction
 
David M. BaumgartnerExtension ForesterPublic Service
Jack D. RogersProfessor, Plant PathologyResearch
 1984-1985
Robert J. JonasProfessor, Biology, Wildlife Biology and ZoologyInstruction
 
Sue N. ButkusSpecialist E-4 and Professor of Food SciencePublic Service
George DuvallProfessor, PhysicsResearch
1983-1984
Glenn A. CrosbyProfessor, ChemistryInstruction
 
William H. FunkProfessor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director, Washington Water Research CenterPublic Service
Clarence "Bud" A. RyanProfessor, BiochemistryResearch
1982-1983
D. Leroy AshbyProfessor, HistoryInstruction
 
Donald W. BushawProfessor, MathematicsInstruction
 
Thomas W. MaloneyProfessor, Materials SciencePublic Service
P.E. KolattukudyProfessor, Biochemistry, and Director, Institute of Biological ChemistryResearch
 
Milton RokeachProfessor, Sociology and PsychologyResearch
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