Special faculty share their expertise
Adjunct faculty member Laurel Hansen. (Photo by
Laurel Hansenknows ants. She earned her Ph.D. in entomology from WSU in 1985 and co-authored the book, “Urban Ants of North America and Europe,” published last year by Cornell University Press.
Adjunct faculty serve on every WSU campus (see table on this page) and their role is clearly defined in the faculty manual. Adjuncts generally are employed off-campus and, because of their special expertise, are granted temporary appointments to teach or serve on graduate committees.
Pratt cited Gary Spanner as an example of an adjunct faculty member who is contributing significantly to education at the WSU Tri-Cities campus.
At WSU Spokane, Mark McMulkin, an adjunct who teaches biomechanical analysis in the exercise physiology and metabolism program, provides a similar real-world expertise to his students. He is director of the motion analysis laboratory at the Shriners’ Hospital in Spokane.
Susan Peabody, associate chair of history at WSU Vancouver, was equally upbeat.
As an example, Peabody cited Susan Tissot, who teaches a course in public history (how the public encounters history at museums, historic preservation sites and research laboratories).
Fall 2003 and 2008 corrected
Spokane 202 136
Tri-Cities 256 270
Vancouver 127 208
Other 114 95
Total 1,047 1,011