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Showcase 2021 Faculty & staff awards
Extraordinary times, extraordinary individuals
“Join me in congratulating some of our most accomplished faculty and staff—2021 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.

2021 awardees

Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award

Douglas R. Call

Regents Professor, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health


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

Guy Hughes Palmer

Regents Professor, Jan & Jack Creighton Endowed Chair and Senior Director of Global Health, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health  


Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award

Nicolas K. Kiessling

Emeritus Professor, Department of English

Presenter of the Distinguished Faculty Address

Amit Bandyopadhyay

Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering


Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards

Carolyn F. Ross — Instruction

Professor, School of Food Science

Greg Crouch — Leadership

Professor (Career Track), Department of Chemistry

Ka'imi Sinclair — Outreach & Engagement

Associate Professor, Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) and College of Nursing

Hans P.A. Van Dongen — Research, Scholarship & Arts

Professor, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Director, Sleep and Performance Research Center


President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Career-Track Faculty

Rebecca L. Cooney

Scholarly Associate Professor, Department of Strategic Communication

Dave Torick

Teaching Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Director, The FIZ—Our Makerspace, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture


Faculty Diversity Award

Melissa Parkhurst

Teaching Assistant Professor, School of Music

Association for Faculty Women Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award

Mary F. Wack

Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement 
Professor, Department of English  

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

Joseph W. Harding

Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience


President’s Employee Excellence Awards

Robert K. Ames

Procurement & Supply Specialist 4, Purchasing Services

Meg Autrey

Associate Director, Housing and Residence Life

Maria Clara De Souza

Senior Associate Director, Office of International Programs, International Student and Scholar Services

Kathryn L. Dahmen

CFO/Assistant Director, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Shawn Ringo

Director, Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Health and Safety

April Seehafer

Director, Distinguished Scholarships Program, Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement 

Jason Sampson

Director, Environmental Services, Environmental Health and Safety