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 History Ricardo López-Pedreros has won Honorable Mention for his paper," Makers of Democracy: A Transnational History of the Middle Classes in Colombia," as submitted to the Alejandro Ángel Escobar Foundation awards in the category of Social and Human Sciences.

Western faculty Meg Warren (College of Business and Economics) and Samit Bordoloi (Woodring College) just published a Special Issue on COVID-19, Wellbeing, and Inequities in the International Journal of Wellbeing. See the abstract here.

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Journalism Brian J. Bowe, Professor of Journalism Carolyn Nielsen, and Assistant Professor of Journalism Joe Gosen and their L'Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l'Information colleagues Arwa Kooli and Rafia Somai presented their research, "After the Revolution: Tunisian Journalism Students and a News Media in Transition," on Aug. 7 at the virtual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference.

WWU Assistant Professor of Journalism Betsy O'Donovan and Professor of Journalism Carolyn Nielsen presented their research, "Curious Citizens: Whose voices are heard in 'people-powered' reporting," on Aug. 7 at the virtual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference. 

Journalism Professor Carolyn Nielsen's article, "Send her back: News narratives, intersectionality, and the rise of politically powerful women of color," has been published in the Summer 2020 edition of the International Symposium on Online Journalism, which is also available online: 

While on professional leave in Spring 2020, Jason Kanov (Department of Management, College of Business and Economics) completed and published a paper entitled “Why Suffering Matters!” in the Journal of Management Inquiry. The paper describes how workplaces not only harbor but also cause significant human suffering, yet this suffering tends to be largely overlooked, ignored, or suppressed.

WWU Assistant Professor of Management Meg Warren recently received the Best Dissertation award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, for "Exemplary Allyship: Raising the Bar for
Inclusiveness in the Workplace."

Farrokh Safavi of the Department of Finance and Marketing delivered a paper on “An Examination of Causes and Effects on Trends over years of imported personal hygiene products in Iran in light of the global sanctions” at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Conference in Dallas, Texas from April 23-26, 2020. Safavi chaired the session as well.

WWU Associate Professor of Journalism Brian J. Bowe recently published an article about the death of Was (Not Was) lead singer Sweat Pea Atkinson in the Detroit Metro Times. The article can be read here. He also wrote liner notes for the CD reissue of the first Was (Not Was) album, as well as the greatest hits compilation "Pick of the Litter."