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Showcase Faculty & staff awards
Extraordinary times, extraordinary individuals
“Join me in congratulating some of our most accomplished faculty and staff—2022 recipients of WSU’s top honors for scholarship, instruction, and service.”
—Kirk Schulz, president, Washington State University


Honoring the achievements of WSU faculty and staff

Each year Washington State University recognizes the outstanding achievements of its faculty and staff. Those honored stand among the world’s top scholars, the nation’s most effective and beloved instructors, and the University’s most dedicated and visionary professionals.

These individuals share an unflagging commitment to the University community. By encouraging and challenging students to reach their highest potential, they have created a legacy of excellence that will endure for generations to come.

2022 awardees

Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award

John M. Roll

Professor and Vice Dean for Research, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine


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

Hakan Gurocak

Director, Professional and Corporate Education (PACE),

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science (ENCS)


Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award

Nancy Magnuson

Eastlick Distinguished Professor Emerita, School of Molecular Biosciences

Presenter of the Distinguished Faculty Address

Keri E. McCarthy

Professor, School of Music


Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards

Jesse Spohnholz — Instruction

Professor, History

Jill McCluskey — Leadership

Regents Professor, School of Economic Sciences

Eric J. Johnson — Outreach & Engagement

Professor, Teaching and Learning

Olusola Adesope — Research, Scholarship & Arts

Professor, Kinesiology and Educational Psychology


President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Career-Track Faculty

Ken Faunce

Associate Professor (Career Track), Department of History

Phillip E. Morgan

Associate Professor (Career Track), Department of Kinesiology and Educational Psychology


Faculty Diversity Award

Zoe Higheagle Strong

Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Educational Psychology

Office of the Provost

Faculty Mid-Career Award

Jennifer Adam

Professor, Berry Distinguished Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

Shulin Chen

Professor, School of Biological Systems Engineering


President’s Employee Excellence Awards

J. Manuel Acevedo

Director, Team Mentoring Program, Division of Student Affairs

Rob Baker

Information Systems Coordinator, Academic Outreach and Innovation

Erin B. Carroll

Director, Marketing & Communications, Division of Student Affairs

Norman Fung

Custodian 1, Facilities Services Custodial

Zach Holden

Research Assistant, Department of Horticulture