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WWU’s Kristen Chmielewski Wins 2020 Eggertsen Dissertation Prize 

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 10:17am

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Health and Human Development Kristen Chmielewski has won the History of Education Society’s 2020 Eggertsen Dissertation Prize.  

Her dissertation, “’In Any Way Physically or Mentally Unfit to Teach’: City Teachers and Disability, 1930–1970,” takes on the notion of how ideas and norms about disability shaped the experiences of teachers.  

Center for Cross-Cultural Research to host webinar with VCU's Shawn C. T. Jones on Nov. 9

Mon, 10/26/2020 - 10:23am

Western's Center for Cross-Cultural Research (CCCR) and Psychology Department will host a webinar titled "Using Racial Protective Factors to Cultivate Resilience Among Black Youth" with Virginia Commonwealth University's Shawn C. T. Jones from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9.

The presentation will be hosted via Zoom and is free and open to the public and campus community.

Annual Munro Seminars set for Oct. 27-28

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:39am

The annual Munro Seminars, hosted by Western's Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education, will be held online on Oct. 27 and 28.

History's Mart Stewart publishes 'Marking the Boundaries of Contagion: Vietnam and Covid-19'

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 8:32am

Mart Stewart (history) has published an essay, "Marking the Boundaries of Contagion: Vietnam and Covid-19," in the October issue of Environmental History.  The essay is part of a collection of 20 reflections by environmental historians from around the world in this issue.

Linguistics to host 'Pragmatic Detachability of English Discourse Markers in San Diego Spanish' Oct. 29

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 11:38am

WWU's Department of Linguistics will host the webinar, “Pragmatic Detachability of English Discourse Markers in San Diego Spanish,” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 via Zoom, featuring the research of Assistant Professor of Modern and Classical Languages R. Mata.

Michael Slouber conducts interview about upcoming book

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 10:13am

WWU Associate Professor of Global Humanities and Religions Michael Slouber was interviewed for a New Books Network podcast on his upcoming anthology 

WWU's Johann Neem to moderate 'Democracy’s Ghosts: Fear and Hope in the 2020 Election' Oct. 27

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 4:21pm

Humanities Washington will host "Democracy’s Ghosts: Fear and Hope in the 2020 Election" via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Help WWU PR students by taking this quick survey

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 12:41pm

Students in the capstone Public Relations course at Western this quarter are working to develop strategic communications plans for a local Bellingham nonprofit to assist them as they adapt to a new world of fundraising and raising awareness. You could assist the students in their endeavor - and the nonprofit as well - but taking this very short, anonymous survey. It should take less than 5 minutes. Thank you!

WWU's Mart Stewart receives teaching award from Agricultural History Society 

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 12:23pm

WWU Professor of History Mart Stewart has been awarded the Inaugural James C. Giesen Teaching Excellence Award in Agricultural and Rural History by the Agricultural History Society, awarded to a nominee who has achieved distinction in the teaching of agricultural and rural history.  The colleagues and students who nominated Stewart and the Giesen Award Committee cited several features of his teaching record as distinctive. 

WWU's Josh Ceretti to Lead 'Bellingham’s History From Below: A Virtual Walking Tour' Nov. 10

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 10:56am

WWU Associate Professor of Josh Ceretti will lead 'Bellingham’s History From Below: A Virtual Walking Tour' from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

WWU's Ricardo López-Pedreros wins award for "Makers of Democracy: A Transnational History of the Middle Classes in Colombia"

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 10:51am

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.

WWU Fall Enrollment Higher Than Anticipated, and Overall Percentage of Students of Color is the Highest Ever

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 2:05pm

In the midst of a pandemic, Western Washington University’s total enrollment for fall quarter is higher than anticipated, and the overall percentage of students of color is the highest in the history of the university.

Total fall enrollment, at 15,194, reflects a drop of 5.9 percent from total enrollment in fall 2019. In addition, WWU recorded a 10.2 percent increase in graduate enrollment.

Tenure and Promotion: 2020

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 10:20am

Per the Provost Office, the following faculty achieved tenure and/or promotion in 2020; congratulations, all!

Promotion to Full Professor

Akinrinade, Babafemi - Fairhaven 

Berzal de Dios, Javier - Art & Art History

Boudreaux, Andrew - Physics and Astronomy 

Deylami, Shirin - Political Science 

Dolar, Burak - Accounting 

Feinberg, Seth - Sociology 

French, Kristen - Elementary Education

Gilbertson, John - Chemistry

Hanuscin, Debi - Elementary Education

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Finding Commonality While Celebrating Our Differences

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 12:52pm

Dear Western Community,

On Monday, October 12 we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a moment that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures.  I am honored to have a growing community of Indigenous people at Western, including 954 students at all Western campuses who identify in some way as Indigenous: American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders.

Graduate Research Grants Now Available Through Phi Kappa Phi

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 9:21am

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi-- the nation's oldest all-discipline collegiate honor society-- is currently accepting applications for its Graduate Research Grant and Dissertation Fellowship Award.