College of Arts and Sciences

Meet the new faculty of fall 2020

Meet the college’s newest faculty, whose disciplinary expertise—from origin of life and supermassive black holes to political psychology, ancient economics, and interdisciplinary art—enriches and expands the arts and sciences at WSU.

Outstanding Seniors exemplify dedication to learning, leadership, service

In the College of Arts and Sciences, an Outstanding Senior is defined as one who has excelled in academic performance and in service to their department or school and to the University community. This year, 24 students were selected to receive the honor by faculty in their respective Pullman campus degree programs and the leadership […]

Digital archivist earns Mellon Fellowship

Anastasia Tucker, education and outreach archivist in the WSU Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC), has been selected from a national pool to receive an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Heritage. One of only 15 fellows, Tucker will participate in a three-year program that includes an orientation, coursework through the […]

Microscopic partners could help plants survive stressful environments

Tiny, symbiotic fungi play an outsized role in helping plants survive stresses like drought and extreme temperatures, which could help feed a planet experiencing climate change, report WSU scientists. Recently published in the journal Functional Ecology, the discovery by plant-microbe biologist Stephanie Porter and plant pathologist Maren Friesen sheds light on

CAS students, faculty recognized for campus contributions

Three College of Arts and Sciences undergraduates and one faculty member were honored at the 2019 Safety, Health and Security Fair for their contributions to campus safety, health and security. President Kirk Schulz congratulated the award winners and discussed the value of security and safe practices on campus and in the community, emphasizing that safety […]

Women faculty share career journeys

Faculty in sociology, criminal justice, and anthropology shared personal stories about their career experiences during the Association for Faculty Women (AFW) Pathways to Leadership event in early November. The event was designed to illustrate different leadership pathways and gave both attendees and panelists an opportunity to

WSU climbs 47 spots in WSJ college rankings

Washington State University climbed 47 spots in the latest Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education U.S. College Rankings, landing among the top 200 institutions nationwide. The university system ranked 176 out of more than 800 colleges in the 2020 WSJ/THE report released earlier this month, up from 223 the year prior. Among public universities in the Pacific Northwest, WSU was second […]

National teaching award for lifelong science advocate

Since his first taste of teaching younger kids while in high school, Allan Felsot has loved passing along science knowledge and information. And the WSU  professor’s love of science shines through decades later. “Being excited about something and wanting to talk about it is great motivation for a teacher,” said Felsot, who is also the […]

Four CAS faculty elected to state Academy of Sciences

In September, four CAS faculty will join the ranks of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, an organization that advances science in the state and informs public policy. “It’s a great honor that so many WSU scientists have been recognized by the Washington State Academy of Sciences,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “They’ll be contributing their expertise […]

Dr. Universe: What’s the best story ever made?

Humans have been telling stories for thousands of years. At first, they told these stories out loud, then they started to write. There are more than a hundred million published books on our planet now and to find out which one is best, I visited my friend Matthew Jockers. He’s a professor at Washington State […]