VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington State University Vancouver has promoted six faculty members to administrative positions.
Jane Cote, associate professor of accounting, has been named interim director of business; Dawn Doutrich, associate professor of nursing, has been named interim director of nursing; Candice Goucher, professor of history, has been named director of undergraduate studies; Suzanne Smith, associate professor, has been promoted to associate chair and director of the human development department; Steven Weber, associate professor of anthropology, has been named interim assistant director of liberal arts; and Amy S. Wharton, professor of sociology, has been named interim director of liberal arts.
Doutrich teaches in the community masters program. Her research interests include cultural competence in nursing, workforce diversity and cross-cultural nursing ethics, specifically in the area of values differentiation. She is involved in the Nurse Educator Grant and in a collaborative research project called “Professional Values of Hispanic Nurses Practicing in the
Goucher is a lead scholar of the Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting multimedia project “Bridging World History,” which prepares secondary- and higher education teachers to teach history more effectively and from a global perspective. The 26 videos and interactive Web site integrate chronological and thematic approaches to world history, creating a framework that allows for a better understanding of different cultures and nations through the ages.
Smith’s research covers parenting and family relationships, as well as the effect of chronic illness on the ability to parent. She has studied the role of grandparents as primary caregivers and is conducting field research on the family and parenting patterns of the Hutterites, an Anabaptist religious group that live communally throughout
Weber has worked on archaeological excavations in the
A WSU faculty member since 1987, Wharton’s interests include organizational demography, gender and racial stratification in the workplace, emotional labor and the intersection of work and family. She is the author of “The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research” and the editor of “Working in
Additional information on WSU Vancouver faculty research can be viewed online at http://www.vancouver.wsu/research/overview.htm. WSU Vancouver offers 15 bachelor’s and eight master’s degrees in more than 35 fields of study. The campus is located at