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College of Arts and Sciences

Eric Roalson.

Eric Roalson

Faculty Peer Mentoring

Professor
Biological Sciences

An internationally respected researcher in plant systematics and a veteran WSU faculty member, Eric Roalson possesses the key qualities of an effective peer mentor: availability, accessibility, willingness to listen, and a genuine interest the success of his fellow faculty members.

His extensive knowledge of biological sciences, University operations, and equity issues contributes to both formal and informal peer mentoring opportunities. In addition to serving on four assistant professor mentoring committees and on the unit committee for mentoring associate professors, Eric has an open-door policy with faculty mentees at all ranks, actively creating an environment where diverse colleagues feel heard and valued. He prioritizes interaction with new faculty and readily shares his network of WSU resources.

His mentorship contributions also include serving as the school’s liaison for WSU ADVANCE and advising graduate students.

Whether he is helping colleague navigate work-life balance, offering suggestions on summer research, or advising how to motivate a struggling student, Eric’s ability to guide the development of ideas that fit the individual and the situation is highly valued and deeply appreciated by his peers.