By C. Brandon Chapman, College of Education

ASHE logoPULLMAN, Wash. – Kelly Ward will be given this year’s distinguished service award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Ward is a professor of educational leadership, as well as WSU’s vice-provost for faculty development and recognition.

The ASHE award is presented in “recognition of exceptional commitment to the Association for the Study of Higher Education and significant contribution to its success.”

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Ward has been recognized multiple times throughout her career for her professional service endeavors, including faculty development, outreach and engagement. She has worked extensively with issues of faculty work and family concerns, and gained some acclaim for her 2012 book “Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family.”

Ward is interested in faculty issues including integration of teaching, research and service; work and family concerns for faculty; faculty career development; and faculty diversity in science, technology, engineering and math. She also is interested in the service role of higher education including faculty outreach and engagement.

The award ceremony will take place on Nov. 10 in Houston at the Association for the Study of Higher Education conference.



  • Brandon Chapman, communications director, College of Education, 509-335-6850,