Featured Faculty fill fall with joy
Provost Dan Bernardo was honored to welcome 13 WSU faculty members to Martin Stadium throughout the home football schedule for Featured Faculty recognition. Faculty play a central role in our land grant mission, and it’s our pleasure to pay tribute to their hard work and dedication.
Our faculty members proved to be good luck charms in 2017 as our Cougars posted a perfect 7-0 record at Martin Stadium and set a school record for most home victories in a season.
Radha Nandagopal admits she had never been to a football game – ever – but she enjoyed a thrilling victory over USC.
“My husband and others explained to me that it was a big deal that we beat USC,” says Nandagopal, a professor in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
Her connections to WSU run deep. She’s a Spokane native, and is now working alongside some of her former professors from when she was a student in the WAMI program. She’s thoroughly enjoying her work with the first class of WSU medical students.
“It’s really exciting to have eager, enthusiastic students to teach” Nandagopal says. “They’re really engaged and excited about partnering with us. It’s a privilege to work with them.”
George Jiang witnessed the most dramatic victory of the season – the overtime triumph over Boise State on Sept. 9. He was thrilled to experience Martin Stadium’s energy.
“Standing by the sideline during the game and feeding off the excitement and enthusiasm of our students, I was reminded again of how lucky we are and how much responsibility we have as educators,” says Jiang, a professor of finance in the Carson College of Business. “It was a great honor and tremendous experience to be recognized by Provost Bernardo.”
As a longtime instructor, Deb Nelson is rarely recognized for her outstanding work publicly. But after a few moments in the spotlight during WSU’s win over Nevada, Nelson says people on campus took notice.
“It was fun to go to the game and see the Cougars win, but it was amazing how many colleagues and students came up to me afterwards and said congratulations for the recognition,” says Nelson, a WSU alumna who has taught in the Department of Human Development for nearly 20 years. “I don’t do research and I’m not a tenured professor, but it’s nice to know that those of us who teach are recognized also.”
Congratulations to all of the Provost’s Featured Faculty members for 2017.
2017-18 Featured Faculty Member Archives
Nov. 4: Sena Clara Creston and Jacob Murray
Provost Dan Bernardo is delighted to recognize professors Sena Clara Creston and Jacob Murray as Provost’s Featured Faculty Members for the Nov. 4 football game against Stanford.
Creston is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Fine Arts at WSU Tri-Cities.
“As a professor, I value the opportunity to work with students from diverse backgrounds that are professionally oriented and creatively motivated,” she says. “My initiative working on interdisciplinary art projects has been embraced by multiple colleges and units on campus resulting in three major projects: The Umbrellaship, The Huminal and The Machinescape.”
Murray is a clinical assistant professor and program coordinator for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at WSU Everett.
“It’s an honor to work for WSU, being able to help build a brand-new campus and teach courses that I am passionate about is a dream come true,” Murray says. “It has been an excellent experience helping to shape a program from the ground up and bringing more crimson and gray to the west side of Washington.”
Oct. 21: Aaron Whelchel and Laura Wintersteen-Arleth
Provost Dan Bernardo is delighted to recognize professors Aaron Whelchel and Laura Wintersteen-Arleth as Provost’s Featured Faculty Members for the Oct. 21 football game against Colorado.
Whelchel is an instructor and academic advisor in the Department of History at WSU Vancouver. “I am very lucky to have the opportunity to interact with our students both as an instructor and advisor,” Whelchel says. “Teaching in our Roots of Contemporary Issues program gives me the chance to see our students grow from their first steps in the WSU experience to fantastic scholars ready to apply their knowledge to their world. My motivation stems from their dedication!”
Wintersteen-Arleth is a senior instructor in the College of Nursing. “I love being a RN and get great joy and satisfaction being a part of the journey our students take to fulfill their dreams of serving others as RNs,” Wintersteen-Arleth says. “I went into nursing so I could teach and work in the community and I am grateful to WSU for allowing me to reach my goals and to have an impact on our future healthcare providers.”
In addition to Wintersteen-Arleth’s impact, her husband Roger was a strong advocate and supporter of WSU. He had Parkinson’s disease and would visit nursing and pharmacy classes to talk about life with Parkinson’s and let students do a complete assessment of him with and without his deep brain stimulator on. Roger passed away a year ago from complications of Parkinson’s. His devotion to WSU did not end with his death. He willed his body to WSU’s cadaver laboratory to ensure future students could learn more about Parkinson’s and become knowledgeable providers.
Sept. 29: Steve Hines and Radha Nandagopal
Provost Dan Bernardo is delighted to recognize Steve Hines and Radha Nandagopal as Provost’s Featured Faculty Members for the Sept. 29 football game against USC.
Hines is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology. “I am very aware that my most likely impact in this world is through my teaching and my students,” Hines says. “If I have a legacy, it is here. And I know how incredibly fortunate I have been to teach veterinary students in WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. My students inspire me on a daily basis.”
Nandagopal is a clinical assistant professor in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. “Teaching at WSU and being a part of building our state’s second public medical school has been incredibly rewarding,” Nandagopal says. “I was fortunate to learn from great faculty at WSU myself as a first-year medical student, and now count some of them as my colleagues. I am excited to use the latest educational methods to help our students develop into empathetic, compassionate physicians who care for all of us throughout the state.”
Sept. 23: John Clarke 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. Dr. Clarke emphasizes that teaching at WSU means a great deal to him. He states, “I chose to be in academics because of the fulfillment I receive from teaching and mentoring the next generation of scientists and pharmacists. 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, 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 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
Sena Clara Creston and Jacob Murray
Aaron Whelchel and Laura Wintersteen-Arleth
Steve Hines and Radha Nandagopal
John Clarke and Deb Nelson
Tom Salsbury and Steve Saunders
George Jiang and Dee Posey
Chad Kruger and Jessica Willoughby
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
Paula Groves Price