PULLMAN, Wash. — Three professors have been selected to hold distinguished professorships in the College of Liberal Arts at Washington State University.
Frances K. McSweeney was named the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor in Psychology. McSweeney is a professor and former chair of the Department of Psychology. A psychological theorist, she is internationally recognized for her research on the effects of sensitization and habituation on patterns of behavior and publishes in top journals in the field. In recognition of the quality of her research, she has been awarded the college Distinguished Achievement Award and invited to deliver the university’s Distinguished Faculty address. Her teaching excellence has been recognized by her selection as Faculty Member of the Year and by her enthusiastic student reviews. Nine Meyer professorships were created from a gift from the late Dr. Edward R. Meyer of Tacoma.
Nicholas P. Lovrich, professor of political science and director of the Division of Governmental Studies and Services, was named the Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professor in Political Science. Lovrich won the President’s Faculty Excellence Award for Public Service in 1991 and continues to provide research assistance to governmental agencies throughout the state of Washington. Three times Lovrich has been awarded the political science Graduate Students’ Faculty Appreciation award. His scholarship is published by leading journals, and he has received over 25 grants to support his work. Johnson professorships were established in the history and political science departments by Mary Johnson with her husband through the gift of their estate.
The new Lewis E. and Stella G. Buchanan Distinguished Professor in English is Shelli B. Fowler, associate professor of English and Comparative American Cultures and acting director of the American Studies Program. Fowler won the William F. Mullen Excellence in Teaching Award in 1996 and is noted for research on African American literature, ethnic studies, and autobiographical and feminist theory. She has been approved for professional leave next year to continue her studies on women slave narratives and complete her book “The Ghost in the Machine: Reading Race and Recognizing Agency in the Slave Narratives of African American Women.” Three Buchanan professorships in English — at the assistant, associate and full professor levels — were established by former chair of the Department of English Lewis Buchanan and his wife, Stella.

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