2021 Showcase award winners announced

Snow-covered banners on a pole advertising all of the WSU campuses.

Faculty and staff winners of this year’s Showcase awards were announced today ahead of the weeklong celebration of academic excellence.

Amit Bandyopadhyay, a faculty member of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, received this year’s Distinguished Faculty Award in recognition of his achievements in research, scholarship and teaching. Bandyopadhyay will be delivering this year’s Distinguished Faculty Address on March 22.

The State of the University address, Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA), Three-Minute Thesis and the Celebrating Excellence Awards Ceremony are among events scheduled during the annual Showcase week, March 22-29. All of this year’s events will be taking place online. Continue to check the Showcase website for the latest information on dates and times of events, as well as ways to participate.

A complete schedule of events for this year’s Showcase can be found online.

“We are thrilled to honor our outstanding faculty and staff as part of this year’s Showcase,” Provost and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Chilton said. “While it won’t be the same as having everyone in-person, we’ll still have the opportunity to celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of the WSU community.”

More than a dozen WSU faculty and staff are also being recognized as part of Showcase 2021:

Association for Faculty Women Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award

  • Mary F. Wack
    Office of the Provost
    Department of English
    College of Arts and Sciences

Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award

  • Nicolas K. Kiessling
    Emeritus Professor
    Department of English
    College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Diversity Award

  • Melissa Parkhurst
    School of Music
    College of Arts and Sciences

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

  • Joseph W. Harding
    Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience
    College of Veterinary Medicine

President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Career-Track Faculty

  • Rebecca L. Cooney
    Department of Strategic Communication
    Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
  • Dave Torick
    School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
    Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

President’s Employee Excellence Awards

  • Robert K. Ames
    Procurement & Supply Specialist 4
    Purchasing Services
  • Meg Autrey
    Associate Director
    Housing and Residence Life
  • Kathryn L. Dahmen
    Assistant Director
    Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
  • Maria Clara De Souza
    Senior Associate Director
    Office of International Programs, International Student and Scholar Services
  • Shawn Ringo
    Director, Occupational Health and Safety
    Environmental Health and Safety
  • April Seehafer
    Director, Distinguished Scholarships Program
    Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement
  • Jason Sampson
    Environmental Health and Safety

Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award

  • Douglas R. Call
    Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health
    College of Veterinary Medicine

Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award – Instruction

  • Carolyn F. Ross
    School of Food Science
    College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award – Leadership

  • Greg Crouch
    Department of Chemistry
    College of Arts and Sciences

Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award – Outreach & Engagement

  • Kaʻimi Sinclair
    Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health and College of Nursing
    WSU Health Sciences Spokane

Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award – Research, Scholarship & Arts

  • Hans P.A. Van Dongen
    Sleep and Performance Research Center
    Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

V. Lane Rawlins President’s Award for Distinguished Lifetime Service

  • Guy Hughes Palmer
    Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health
    College of Veterinary Medicine

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