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.

WWU Professor of Environmental Sciences Ruth Sofield has been appointed ot the Science Panel of the Puget Sound Partnership. The Science Panel's expertise and advice are critical to the Puget Sound Partnership’s efforts to develop a comprehensive, science-based plan to restore Puget Sound. The members, appointed by the Leadership Council, were chosen from the top scientists in Washington State.

Christopher Wise's nonfiction travel narrative À la recherche du Yambo Ouologuem has been published by Les Éditions de Philae in France. His book recounts his journey to Sevaré, Mali to speak with the reclusive marabout-novelist Yambo Ouologuem.  Wise's book was published in Paris on November 27, 2018 on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Ouologuem's Le devoir de violence, also coinciding with Ouologuem's recent passing. Wise has been a professor of English at WWU since 1996.

WWU Assistant Professor of Journalism Derek Moscato was recently at the National Communication Association conference in Salt Lake City and his paper won the Top Faculty Paper Award in the Public Relations division. His paper,  "All the City’s a Stage: Urban Activism and the Dramatistic Pentad," examines the role of urban spaces in environmental public relations and advocacy, drawing from theorist Kenneth Burke and Greenpeace’s 2011 #DarkSide campaign.

WWU librarian and associate professor Sylvia Tag presented “Emergent Information Literacies In Our Digital World,” in Alexandria, Egypt, on Monday, Oct. 15 as part of the annual meeting of the International Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Tag’s talk explored the dynamics of the digital information environment and how people are reading, writing, speaking, and learning in new ways.

Professor Brent Mallinckrodt, Department of Psychology, is recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Lifetime Contribution award from the Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science of the Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association. The citation award citation reads: For exceptional scholarship in the areas of application of attachment theory to psychotherapy process and outcome, stress buffering effects of social support in cancer patients, and coping resources available to racial/ethnic and sexual minority persons.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) will honor Bentley University Dean of the Business School & McCallum Graduate School of Business Donna María Blancero and Western Washington University’s Professor Emeritus of Management Joseph E.

Huxley faculty member Erika McPhee-Shaw invited to be the keynote speaker for the international Canyon symposium in China. ​

Western Washington University’s Joseph Trimble has won the University of Oklahoma 2019 Distinguished Alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences award.

Trimble, a distinguished university professor of Psychology and a research associate at Western’s Center for Cross-Cultural Research, will be honored during University of Oklahoma’s Kaleidoscope Evening on March 8, attended by students, faculty and alumni. He will also be invited to speak briefly on the importance of his educational experience.

Portrait Shot of Asche Rider

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Asche Rider has completed the Washington State SBDC Network certification process.

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