PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University faculty member Mary Bloodsworth has been named the Marian E. Smith Faculty Achievement Award winner for 1999-2000.

As part of the award, Bloodsworth will present a talk, “Centering (on) the ‘D’ Word: Teaching (Towards) Diversity,” at 2:10 p.m. March 27 in Avery Hall’s Bundy Reading Room.

An assistant professor in the women’s studies and philosophy departments, Bloodsworth’s teaching methods are “centered on making students feel in charge of their own learning, on the development of critical thinking and writing skills, and on having students organize and present arguments themselves,” said her nominators.

Students find her completely prepared and able to successfully teach difficult material. They say she has high standards, but they feel challenged to meet them. A student says Bloodsworth’s commitment to lifelong learning is a role model for others. Another notes that Bloodsworth’s “passion for work and for learning in general is contagious.”

Her areas of primary specialization and focus include contemporary continental philosophy, feminist theory and philosophy, lesbian and gay studies, philosophy of race, feminist/critical pedagogy and ethics/feminist ethics.

Joining the WSU faculty in 1997, Bloodsworth is a graduate of Salisbury State University in Maryland and received her master’s and doctoral degrees, both in philosophy, from the University of Memphis.

The Marian E. Smith Faculty Achievement Award is given each year to recognize significant and meritorious achievement in teaching during the prior academic year.