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Faculty & Staff awards

Honoring distinguished members of the University community

Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award

This award is the university’s highest faculty honor. It recognizes a scholar who has changed the thinking in his or her field through teaching, research, creative scholarship, and service. The recipient must have contributed notably to the vitality and strength of the Washington State University community and have served the university for at least 10 years.

2020    John Browse, biochemistry and molecular plant sciences
2019    K.W. Hipps, chemistry, materials science and engineering
2018    Mark G. Kuzyk, physics and astronomy
2017    Kelvin G. Lynn, mechanical and materials engineering
2016    B.W. “Joe” Poovaiah, horticulture
2015    John Reganold, crop and soil sciences
2014    Ronald C. Mittelhammer, agricultural economics
2013    Guy H. Palmer, global animal health
2012    Michael J. Smerdon, molecular biosciences
2011    Gregory W. Yasinitsky, music

Complete list and video of award winners

V. Lane Rawlins President’s Award for Distinguished Lifetime Service   

Honoring individuals who have given a substantial part of their careers to advancing WSU through excellent service and have demonstrated great personal commitment to the university and community

2020    Rodney Croteau, biochemistry
2019    Ron Mittelhammer, economic sciences
2018    Renee Celeste Hoeksel, nursing
2017    Nancy Magnuson, molecular biosciences
2016    Frances K. McSweeney, psychology
2015    Kenneth L. Casavant, agricultural economics
2013    Nicholas P. Lovrich, political science
2012    Thomas A. Brigham, psychology
2011    Muriel Oaks, distance and professional education

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President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Instructors and Clinical Faculty

Recognizing up to two non-tenure track faculty members who epitomize the highest levels of performance and excellence and who provide a vital role in teaching WSU students

Chris Dickey, music
Janet M. Peters, psychology

Clif Stratton, history
Renee Petersen, civil and environmental engineering

Leann Hunter, English
Jason B. Peschel, School of Design and Construction

Xiaopeng Bi, mechanical and materials engineering
Debbie Brinker, nursing

Lisa Carloye, biological sciences
Karl Olsen, civil and environmental engineering

Nicholas Cerruti, physics
Kate McAteer, biological sciences

Andrew S. O’Fallon, software engineering
Samantha Swindell, psychology

Pamela Awana Lee, fine arts
Judy Meuth, critical culture, gender, and race studies

Complete list and video of award winners

Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards

Each of the four Sahlin Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in one of the following areas of faculty performance:

  • Instruction
  • Leadership
  • Outreach and engagement
  • Research, scholarship, and arts
 InstructionLeadershipOutreach and engagementResearch, scholarship, and arts
2019-20Erika Gudrun Offerdahl, biochemistry and molecular biologyStephen Bollens, aquatic ecologyCheryl B. Schultz, conservation biologyGregory W. Yasinitsky, music
2018-19Anita Vasavada, chemical engineering and bioengineering, integrative physiology and neuroscienceLori Wiest, musicDale A. Moore, veterinary clinical sciencesSusmita Bose, mechanical and materials engineering
2017-18Ray Sun, history Marvin Pitts, mechanical and materials engineering Joe Harrison, animal sciences William M. Hamlin, English
2016-17Julie A. Kmec, sociologyCraig Parks, psychologyDouglas Walsh, entomologyDouglas R. Call, veterinary medicine
2015-16Charles Munson, financeJohn Roll, WSU SpokaneCarol Black, entomologyDiane Cook, electrical engineering and computer science
2014-15Kristen A. Johnson, animal sciencesVicki A. McCracken, economic sciencesKim D. Patten, horticulture, WSU ExtensionKenneth L. Nash, chemistry
2013-14Charles Pezeshki, mechanical and materials engineeringDebra Inglis, plant pathologySue B. Clark, chemistryThomas Besser, veterinary microbiology and pathology
2012-13Catherine A. Elstad, pharmaceutical sciencesAmy S. Wharton, sociologyClayton J. Mosher, sociologyKerry W. Hipps, chemistry
2011-12Lori M. Carris, plant pathologyRobert E. Rosenman, economic sciencesGary G. Grove, plant pathologyWendy C. Brown, veterinary microbiology and pathology

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Faculty Diversity Award

Recognizing distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, or creative work and/or service/outreach that advances diversity at Washington State University

2020    Gisela Ernst-Slavit, education
2019    Shira Broschat, electrical engineering and computer science
2018    Raymond Herrera, Graduate School
2017    Paul Kwon, psychology
2016    Paula Groves Price, education
2015    Pamela Bettis, education
2014    Dana Baker, public policy
2013    Eric J. Johnson, education
2012    Ella Inglebret, speech and hearing sciences
2011    Carol Allen, nursing

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Promotion to the rank of Regents Professor

The rank of Regents Professor can be held by no more than 30 Washington State University faculty members at any one time. Promotion to Regents Professor requires service to the university for at least 7 years and attainment of the highest level of professional achievement.  Each college may nominate only 2 faculty members as candidates for this promotion each year.

Katrina L. Mealey, veterinary clinical sciences

Douglas R. Call, global animal health
Jill McCluskey, agricultural and applied economics
Scot Hulbert, plant pathology

Diane Cook, electrical engineering and computer science
Hussein Zbib, mechanical and materials engineering

K.W. Hipps, materials science and engineering
Debbie Lee, English

Juming Tang, biological systems engineering
Kelvin Lynn, physics and mechanical & materials engineering

Eugene Rosa, sociology
Terry McElwain, global animal health

Thomas Okita, biological chemistry
Sue Ritter, veterinary and comparative anatomy, pharmacology, and physiology
Michael P. Wolcott, civil and environmental engineering

Sue B. Clark, chemistry
Herbert H. Hill, chemistry

Complete list of Regents Professors

President’s Employee Excellence Award

Recognizing outstanding contributions to the University by administrative professional and classified employees from across the state

Karen Fischer
Denise Keeton
Kenneth Innami Porter
Sue Sheppard
Nina Woodford

Chris Benson
Deb Howe
Kathie Jahn
Beverly Makhani
Terresa Watson

Paula Adams
Cheryl Hagelganz
Julie M. King
Vicky Murray
Andy Percifield

Raul Garza, Jr.
Don Hulst
Darrel Nelson
Tom Parrish
Josue Rodriguez

Kelly Beckman-Nigro
Aaron Brumbaugh
Vickie Dickson
Kim Holapa
Coree Newman-Coronado

Gayle Anderson
Susan Cao
Ann Marie Gooch
Amy Grey
Brady Ratsch

Brandon Anderson (posthumous award)
Kris Boreen
Galen Gorence
Don Holbrook
Sisouvanh Keopanapay

Joseph Beck
Barry Birdsell
Heather Burke
Heather Cochran
Norene Phillipson

Donna Clark
Jean Grammer
Nancy Lira
Eldon Loe
Becki Meehan

Kenny Bisagno
Bill Gardner
Kimiaki Hirosi
Pama Manoranjan
Sharon Taff

Complete list of award winners | Video of award winners

Association for Faculty Women Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award

The Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award was established in 2000 to show AFW’s appreciation to President Emeritus Smith for his leadership in advancing the role of women at WSU. The criteria for the award are as follows: “The recipient of the Award shall be an AFW member whose leadership has advanced the role of women in the Washington State University system and/or who has demonstrated leadership in higher education, the community, or her profession at the local, state, regional, national or international level.”

2020    Catherine “Katie” Marguerite Cooper
2019    Ana María Rodríguez-Vivaldi
2018    Jill McCluskey
2016    Julia Pomerenk
2015    Laura Lavine
2014    Sheila Converse
2013    Margaret Black
2012    Katherine Lovrich
2011    Rebecca Craft
2010    Carol Ivory
2009    Lori Carris
2008    Erica Austin
2007    Marcia Saneholz
2006    Muriel Oaks
2005    Nancy Magnuson
2004    KNona Liddell
2003    Carolyn Clark
2002    Sue Armitage
2001    Fran McSweeney
2000    Sue Durant
Special Recognition    Judy Mitchell

Video of award winners

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

Honoring a faculty member whose scholarly contributions and associated outreach efforts have measurably and significantly improved lives through engagement with industry or other elements of the private sector.

2020    Kim Christen
2019    Katrina L. Mealey
2018    Juming Tang

Video of award winners