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Washington State University Office of the Provost

Vice Provosts

Bill Davis joined the Office of the Provost in 2021 and serves as interim vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement.

The Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA) leads institutional efforts to academically engage students from all majors and provide a high-impact education throughout their undergraduate degree program. Presently, DAESA consists of the Academic Success and Career (ASCC); Distinguished Scholarship Programs; First-Year Programs; Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP); Office of Academic Engagement; Office of Assessment for Curricular Effectiveness; Office of Undergraduate Research; Transfer Center for Policy and Resources; the WSU Writing Program; and University Common Requirements (UCORE).

He was previously the associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Veterinary Medicine, a role he served in for nine years, and he is an associate professor of biochemistry/biophysics in the School of Molecular Biosciences. Davis is also co-director of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s B.S. to Ph.D. Fast Track Program in the School of Molecular Biosciences. He joined the WSU faculty in 2001 and has earned numerous awards for his teaching, faculty service, and academic advising throughout his career.

William B. Davis
Interim Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

Karly Gomez
Administrative Manager

Davis earned his Ph.D. at Northwestern in Chemistry and was the Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at Technical University of Munich from 1999-2001. He has given numerous invited presentations and workshops on student learning and student success in recent years. Most recently, Davis presented to the College for Life Science Education at Ohio State a seminar titled: “Prosociality – How Structured Cooperative Learning Environments Benefit All Students and Narrow Achievement Gaps.”