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Provost’s Featured Faculty Member Recognition

Sept. 23: John Clark and Deb Nelson

Provost, Dan Bernardo is delighted to recognize John Clarke and Deb Nelson as the Provost’s Featured Faculty Members for Saturday’s football game against Nevada.

Clarke is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“I chose to be in academics because of the fulfillment I receive from teaching and mentoring the next generation of scientists and pharmacists,” he says. “One of the ways I am able to do this is through our research identifying factors in inter-individual variability that increase the risk of altered drug exposure and toxicity.”

Nelson is an instructor in the Department of Human Development.

“I have taught in the department since 1999,” she says. “Teaching has provided an opportunity for me to not only provide subject matter to students, but to also mentor and guide them. We often maintain those relationships after they graduate. It is great to develop positive relationships with first semester students and those getting ready to graduate!”

Sept. 16: Tom Salsbury and Steve Saunders

Provost Dan Bernardo is delighted to recognize Tom Salsbury and Steve Saunders as the Provost’s Featured Faculty Members for Saturday’s football game against Oregon State.

Salsbury is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Salsbury emphasizes that teaching at WSU means a great deal to him.

“Teaching at WSU means that I get to work with some of the most dynamic, passionate, creative, and inspiring young people anywhere,” Salsbury says. “I know that these amazing people will soon be teachers and leaders who make a difference in their schools and communities. This makes teaching at WSU the best job in the world!”

Saunders is an assistant professor in the Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering.

“There isn’t a better job than influencing the next generation of engineers here at WSU,” Saunders says. “My students motivate me to be the best instructor and researcher I can be and I strive to help mold them into the best engineers. I do that by bringing examples from my laboratory and industry into the classroom.”

Sept. 9: George Jiang and Dee Posey

Provost Dan Bernardo, center, recognizes George Jiang, left, and Dee Posey during the Cougars’ victory over Boise State Saturday, Sept. 9 at Martin Stadium.

Provost Dan Bernardo, is delighted to recognize outstanding contributions by WSU Faculty Members. George Jiang and Dee Posey are the Provost’s Featured Faculty Members for Saturday’s football game against Boise State.

Jiang is a Professor in the Department of Finance & Management Science.

“Teaching at WSU has been one of the best experiences of my life,” Jiang says. “As a faculty member, the most exciting part of our job is welcoming a new group of excellent students who are eager to learn. The conversations I have with students not only help motivate my teaching in the classroom but also inspire me with novel ideas for research.”

Posey is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology.

“Teaching is my passion,” Posey says. “I want to make Psychology approachable and exciting for my students. My strategy is to make active learning a major component of the class. I have conducted research on the effectiveness of this method and found that students perform better when active learning is employed in the classroom.”

Sept. 2: Chad Kruger and Jessica Willoughby

Provost Dan Bernardo, middle, honors faculty members Jessica Willoughby, left, and Chad Kruger during the Cougars 31-0 win over Montana State Sept. 2 at Martin Stadium.

Provost Dan Bernardo is delighted to recognize outstanding contributions by WSU faculty members. Chad Kruger and Jessica Willoughby were the Provost’s Featured Faculty Members for the Sept. 2 football game against Montana State.

Kruger is the Director for the Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center in Mount Vernon, the Puyallup Research & Extension Center and the Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources. Kruger emphasizes that research at WSU means a great deal to him.

“As a 5th generation member of a Washington farm family, the opportunity to serve as a WSU faculty member is a dream come true,” Kruger says. “Most recently, 40 multi-disciplinary colleagues from WSU, the University of Idaho, Oregon State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture joined together over a three-year period to compile and synthesize recent research advances as well as economic and other practical considerations to support the region’s wheat farmers as they make decisions relating to productivity, resilience, and their bottom lines.”

Willoughby is an Assistant Professor in the Murrow College of Communication.

“I love being a Coug,” she says. “As an alumna, I feel a strong connection to the University community. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm and excitement for communication with students. My research examines how communication can improve health attitudes and behaviors, which can benefit individuals and communities.”

Featured Faculty Member Archives

2016-17

Dustin McLarty

Nathalie Wall

Debbie Handy

Bill Davis

John Petrie and Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe

Mary Gilles and Carl Heine

Sandy Cooper and Gay Selby

Jesus Bravo and Sandy Carollo

Katrina Mealey and Benjamin Shors

Terri Levien and Martin Maquivar

2015-16

Jeff Joireman

Philip Mixter

Donna Campbell

Paula Groves Price

David Conley

Girish Ganjyal

Connie Remsberg

Gary Haldorson

Nairanjana Dasgupta

Julie Kmec

Sola Adesope

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