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New CAS dean blends humanities, arts, sciences

professor portrait, outsideAs a young scholar, Matthew Jockers loved both the wildness of literature and the controlled logic of computer programming. And much like Rudyard Kipling’s description in East and West: at first “never the twain shall meet,” but in the end, they combine to form a strong bond.

“There is a thread in my literary training that was focused on » More …

Scholarships for faculty-mentored research

College of Arts and SciencesSeven students and six faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are among this year’s 27 recipients of two selective scholarships offered by the WSU Office of Undergraduate Research for students pursuing mentored research, scholarly activity or creative projects at WSU.

“Our ability to support students in their research is made possible thanks to generous donors who envision the contributions these students will make in the future to Washington, the United States, and » More …

Thoma to direct new Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

portrait of woman, outsideAssociate Professor Pamela Thoma has been named director of the new Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and will lead affiliated faculty in building an interdisciplinary, collaborative undergraduate curriculum.

Thoma brings more than 20 years of higher education experience » More …

Jockers named next CAS dean

Professor at desk with booksWorld-renowned literary scholar and data scientist Matthew Jockers has been named as the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“Dr. Jockers has the perfect skill set to lead the next chapter in the evolution of the College of Arts and Sciences,” WSU Provost Dan Bernardo said. “He has extensive industry experience and possesses a strong record of scholarly » More …

Ethnic studies professor to lead new school of languages, cultures, race

Professor outside with wavy sculpture.Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, a professor of comparative ethnic studies at WSU, has been named inaugural director of the new School of Languages, Cultures, and Race (SLCR) in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

She brings to her leadership role extensive experience in teaching and research as well as several years of mentoring graduate students and junior colleagues and contributing to scholarly and professional organizations. » More …

Remembering sociology pioneer James Short

Professor in office, leaning on a chair.James F. Short Jr., professor emeritus of sociology and one of Washington State University’s longest-serving and most distinguished faculty members, passed away on May 13, 2018, at the age of 93.

Nationally respected for his expertise and understanding of group dynamics and sociological risk factors, his groundbreaking research into the conditions under which violence, delinquency, and crime occur helped to shape the field of modern sociology and enabled researchers to more fully explore how organizations of all kinds work together. He was among the pioneers in developing robust methodology » More …

Benedict honored by WSU Libraries for student engagement

award winner with two colleagesLeah Benedict, clinical assistant professor of English, received 2018 WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award for her dedication to introducing students to the many facets of library research.

Through assignments based on everything from reels of mircrofilm to special archive materials to modern sales brochures, Benedict regularly challenges her students to look more deeply at the constructed nature of knowledge and » More …

Academic merger to bring new opportunities for students, faculty

A strategic plan to realign two departments and several degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) promises new opportunities in education, research, and outreach for students and faculty university-wide.

Approved by the WSU Board of Regents at their regular meeting on May 4, the realignment will combine personnel and resources in the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures (FLC) with those in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies (CCGRS) and the interdisciplinary General Studies Humanities and Social Sciences programs to form a new School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. » More …

Briggs selected to carry college banner at spring commencement

The honor of carrying the College of Arts and Sciences gonfalon and leading the student procession at the 2018 spring commencement was bestowed on Shanelle Briggs, a general studies sciences major who has been accepted to medical school. Her many accomplishments include CAS Outstanding Senior, WSU Top Ten Senior, co-author of three published research papers, captain of the WSU Spirit Squad, Cougar Health Awareness Team member, two-year Hearts In Motion volunteer, a 4.0 GPA, and more.

In her Top Ten Senior profile, Briggs recalled highlights of her college career: » More …

Top Ten Seniors for 2018

collage of six smiling facesSix of the 2018 WSU Top Ten Seniors received their bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences:

Denzel McCray, psychology
Celena Hansen, music & anthropology
Garrett Kalt, political science
Alice Hiemstra, music
James Whitbred, mathematics
Shanelle Briggs, general studies sciences

For more than 80 years, Washington State University has recognized 10 of the top seniors in each graduating class: outstanding women and men who represent the highest standards in » More …