PULLMAN, Wash. – The College of Liberal Arts at Washington State University will honor outstanding faculty and staff achievement and recognize years of service to the university in an April 30 ceremony.

The event will be 3-5 p.m. in the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 518. Department chairs who are stepping down and retiring faculty will be honored, as well as faculty who have served WSU for 25 years or more. The public is invited to attend.

Awards presented at the ceremony include the prestigious Distinguished Faculty Award, Outstanding Staff Award and an award to a Distinguished Friend or Alumnus. A William F. Mullen Outstanding Teaching Award will also be presented.

Mullen was known among faculty and students for his excellence in teaching, a reputation that earned him the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award in 1985, one year before his death at the age of 50. During his 17 years as a professor of political science at WSU, Mullen earned a reputation for his “dedication to the growth and education of students,” and as a “veritable perfectionist” at preparing teaching materials. This year marks the 15th year that the Mullen Award has recognized other professors who uphold Mullen’s educational excellence. Martha Mullen, Professor Mullen’s widow, will present the award.

While a panel reviews staff and faculty award nominations, Barbara Couture, dean for the College of Liberal Arts, will make her own Distinguished Contribution Award to a faculty member whose contributions have created a rich legacy for students in the liberal arts college.