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Showcase 2021 Awards

Faculty Diversity Award

For advancing diversity at the University

This award recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, or creative work and/or service/outreach that advances diversity at Washington State University.

Diversity includes the cultures, world views, values, and personal experiences that may result from differences in race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, geographic region, and more. 


Melissa Parkhurst

Assistant Professor, School of Music

Assistant Professor Parkhurst has brought cultural literacy and awareness to thousands of students across the University. She dismantles stereotypes, replacing them with more accurate understandings of Native and global peoples. Her courses provide ethnically diverse musical experiences, with performances and lectures from guest artists and hands-on workshops. Students in her World Music course conduct original ethnographic research. Her teaching enables students to think differently about diverse cultures and their roles as global citizens.

Parkhurst’s acclaimed book, To Win the Indian Heart: Music at Chemawa Indian School explains the power of music to connect families, tribes, and communities. In Nimiipuum We’nipt: Songs of the People, her anthologies of Nez Perce songs, teachings and essays build understanding of cultural traditions. Central to her work is the concept of “personhood”—that the people about whom she writes and teaches are complex human beings. Parkhurst serves as president-elect of the Association for Faculty Women.


Previous recipients

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

Award criteria, application process, and video of previous recipients