Showcase award winners announced

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Washington State University faculty and staff making outstanding contributions to the institution and beyond are being recognized as part of the 2023 Showcase awards.

The outstanding achievements of researchers, faculty members, staff, and leaders are recognized each year in the lead up to Showcase. The annual event is a weeklong celebration of academic excellence that includes research expositions as well as talks from distinguished university representatives, and many other activities.

This year’s Distinguished Faculty Address will be given by Cheryl Schultz from the School of Biological Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences. Schultz, who is located on the WSU Vancouver campus, is a renowned conservation biologist specializing in species threatened by habitat loss, invasive species, and global climate change.

The Distinguished Faculty Address will be given at 3:30 p.m. on March 29 on the WSU Vancouver campus and will be streamed live via the Experience WSU website.

Schultz is among more than a dozen WSU faculty and staff recognized this year with Showcase awards.

“Showcase represents an important opportunity to celebrate and recognize our fellow Cougs throughout the system who make significant impacts, not just on our campuses, but across the state, region, nation, and around the globe,” Elizabeth Chilton, provost and executive vice president, said. “We are very fortunate to have such amazing scholars, staff, and visionaries at WSU. Congratulations and thank you to all on their significant and impactful accomplishments.”

A complete list of WSU Showcase events and awards is available online. Showcase 2023 award winners are listed below.


Distinguished Faculty Address

  • Cheryl Schultz
    School of Biological Sciences
    College of Arts and Sciences
    WSU Vancouver

Faculty Diversity Award

  • Katherine Rodela
    Department of Educational Leadership and Sport Management
    College of Education
    WSU Vancouver

Faculty Mid-Career Award

  • David Crowder
    Department of Entomology
    College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
    WSU Pullman

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

  • Danh Pham
    School of Music
    College of Arts and Sciences
    WSU Pullman

President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Career-Track Faculty

  • Vanessa Cozza
    Department of English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    WSU Tri-Cities

  • Sophia Tegart
    School of Music
    College of Arts and Sciences
    WSU Pullman

Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award

  • Keri McCarthy
    School of Music
    College of Arts and Sciences
    WSU Pullman

Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards

  • Corey Johnson – Instruction
    Research Services Unit
    Libraries
    WSU Pullman

  • M. Grant Norton – Leadership
    Dean
    Honors College
    WSU Pullman

  • Girish Ganjyal – Outreach & Engagement
    School of Food Sciences
    College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
    WSU Pullman

  • Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe – Research, Scholarship & Arts
    Department of Psychology
    College of Arts and Sciences
    WSU Pullman

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

  • John Reganold
    Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
    College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
    WSU Pullman

Emerit Society Legacy of Excellence Award

  • Nicholas Lovrich
    School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs
    College of Arts and Sciences
    WSU Pullman

President’s Employee Excellence Awards

  • Bonny Boyan
    Assistant to the Dean
    WSU Libraries
    WSU Pullman

  • Colette Casavant
    Director of Student Success and Academic Programs
    College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
    WSU Pullman

  • Richard Finch
    Manager
    Capital Budget and Facilities Business Administration
    WSU Pullman

  • Laura Kinslow
    Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    WSU Pullman

  • Robin Stanco
    Director of Financial Services
    Finance and Administration
    WSU Tri-Cities

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