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Showcase 2020 Faculty & staff awards
Extraordinary times, extraordinary individuals
“Join me in congratulating some of our most accomplished faculty and staff—2020 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.

2020 awardees

Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award

John Browse

Regents Professor, Institute of Biological Chemistry

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

Rodney Croteau

Regents Professor, Institute of Biological Chemistry

Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award

Donald Matteson

Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry

Presenter of the Distinguished Faculty Address

Patricia Hunt

Meyer Distinguished Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences

Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards

Erika Gudrun Offerdahl

Associate Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences

Stephen Bollens

Professor, School of Biological Sciences and School of the Environment
Director, Meyer’s Point Environmental Field Station

Cheryl B. Schultz

Professor, School of Biological Sciences

Gregory W. Yasinitsky

Regents Professor, Coordinator of Jazz Studies, School of Music

President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Instructors and Clinical Faculty

Janet Peters

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Chris Dickey

Clinical Assistant Professor, Music

Faculty Diversity Award

Gisela Ernst-Slavit

Professor, College of Education

Association for Faculty Women Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award

Catherine “Katie” Marguerite Cooper

Associate Professor, School of the Environment

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

Kim Christen

Professor and Director, Digital Technology and Culture Program; Director, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation

Promotion to the rank of Regents Professor

Katrina L. Mealey

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

President’s Employee Excellence Awards

Nina Woodford

Director, Office of the Campus Veterinarian

Karen Fischer

Associate Dean of Students

Sue Sheppard

Development & Outreach Coordinator, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Denise Keeton

Assistant Director of Business Operations, Office of Commercialization

Kenneth Innami Porter

Research Technologist II, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences