WSU Tri-Cities campus.In his new role as academic director for the College of Arts and Sciences at WSU Tri-Cities, psychology professor Paul Strand will collaborate with local faculty and staff and serve on both the campus leadership team and the system-wide college leadership team.

Paul Strand.Strand has been a faculty member at WSU Tri-Cities since 1997 and teaches a range of courses in developmental and behavioral psychology. A clinical child psychologist by training, his research program focuses on social skills development and improving school readiness of children and youth from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Since 2014 Strand has worked with other WSU professors to refine and expand the Washington Assessment of the Risks and Needs of Students, an assessment that helps address truancy in K-12 schools.

Previously Strand served as the campus academic director for the liberal arts and as the acting assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Strand takes over the role from Bob Bauman, professor of history, who served as the WSU Tri-Cities academic director for the college for the past four years.

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By Leslie Streeter, WSU Tri-Cities