Faculty and Staff News

Keep track of news and information about Western’s faculty and staff here. Have a news item to submit, from a professional milestone to a conference to a new publication? Send it to Western Today editor John Thompson.

Joan Hoffman, MCL (Spanish), has published an article:  “On Tragedy and Triumph: Further Comparisons of Yerma and Burning Bright.” Hispanic Journal, vol. 40, no. 1, Spring 2019, pp. 101-12.

Western Washington University Professor of Theatre Arts Rich Brown has received the Distinguished Leadership Award for the Region 7 Devising Initiative from the Kennedy Center’s National Awards Committee.

Rich BrownBrown is the devising coordinator for the region as well as the national devising coordinator. He has been teaching acting and devising at Western for 13 years.

WWU Associate Professor of Journalism Brian J. Bowe and Assistant Professor of Journalism Derek Moscato's paper, “An Appeal to Shared Values: Faith, Advocacy, and Persuasion in the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Public Relations,” co-written by Mariam Alkazemi of Virginia Commonwealth University and submitted to the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication's PR division, has won the Doug Newsom Award. 

Elizabeth Joffrion, Western Libraries Director of Heritage Resources, was elected to a two-year term as the President of Whatcom Museum Foundation Board of Trustees beginning April 2019.    The museum, operated jointly by the City of Bellingham and the Whatcom Museum Foundation, has more than 200,000 artifacts and art works of regional importance, including a vast photographic archive. The Whatcom Museum is accredited nationally by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.

Journalism's Brian J. Bowe, who is teaching in Amman, Jordan as a Fulbright Scholar, recently went north to Yarmouk University in Irbid to guest lecture in Naheda Makhadmeh's classes and take part in Yarmouk's World Press Freedom Day celebrations. 

 

Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, vice provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity was invited to make a presentation at the “National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities, and Service Academies,” hosted at the United States Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland, on April 4 -5. 

Petra S. Fiero was awarded the Max Kade Prize for Best Article in the Journal of Austrian Studies for 2018. The board considered her article "Transnationale Erinnerungen in Vladimir Vertlibs Stück ÜBERALL NIRGENDS lauert die Zukunft (2016)", which appeared in Issue 51:4 (Winter 2018) to be an outstanding work of scholarship worthy of the journal's highest prize.

Becky Kellow, manager of Treasury Services, was presented the Distinction Award for Innovation for Western Washington University at the Transact annual users’ conference, Spring Training, in San Diego, California, in March. Winners were presented with their award and recognized for their achievements on stage.

Christopher Wise (English) was a plenary speaker at “Global Africa, Migration, Literature, and the Arts,” a symposium at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey on March 28, 2019.

English's Christopher Wise has been awarded a Research and Travel Fellowship to Jerusalem and Palestine, and will study on the West Bank this coming June.  While there, he will attend the Palestinian American Research Center's 10th annual Faculty Development Seminar (FDS) on Palestine for U.S. faculty members from June 12 - 25. The program will host 10 to 12 U.S.

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