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Undergraduate classes move online for fall; letter urges students not to return to campus

Undergraduate classes move online for fall; letter urges students not to return to campus

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 23, 2020

The WSU Pullman campus will be offering all undergraduate classes remotely with very few in-person exceptions, according to a letter WSU officials published today. WSU will announce information about graduate classes by Aug. 1.  Delivery options for class schedules will be finalized Aug. 1, said...

Grant allows instructors to create affordable class materials

Grant applicants must prove that the funding will help minimize costs for students and the material created is sustainable for future use.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

July 22, 2020

The Affordable Learning Grant is awarding five WSU faculty members $4,500 to develop open educational resources for students that will lower the cost of course materials.  Rebecca Van de Vord, assistant vice president of academic outreach and innovation, wrote in an email that the grant recipients a...

New regent to focus on learning his role before taking action

John Schoettler, vice president for Global Real Estate and Facilities at Amazon and member of the WSU Board of Regents, said his prior job experience will help him in his new role as regent.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 15, 2020

A WSU alumnus and Amazon executive has been appointed to the university’s Board of Regents. John Schoettler, vice president for Global Real Estate and Facilities at Amazon, was appointed to the position by Gov. Jay Inslee. He started his appointment July 1. "I think that Washington State Univ...

Fulbright Academy delays trips abroad to prevent possible COVID-19 infections

The Fulbright Academy has deferred all travel abroad plans for students, staff and faculty due to COVID-19.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

July 8, 2020

The Fulbright Academy has deferred all trips abroad for scholars and members due to COVID-19, which affects the plans of many WSU students and faculty. Erin-Kae Rice, director of external affairs for WSU’s Office of International Programs, said the academy offers students, faculty and staff the chan...

WSU officials solidify plan for fall instruction

WSU Interim Provost Bryan Slinker said signage will be used to direct students through hallways and maintain social distancing.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 26, 2020

WSU still plans for in-person fall instruction, but officials confirmed the semester will move to online learning after Thanksgiving. This is among many changes addressed during the WSU COVID-19 Town Hall held on Wednesday afternoon. Class sizes will not exceed 50 students, and students will have...

Employment of certain groups more likely to be affected by pandemic, study says

A study examining unemployment during COVID-19 found that women with children, people with disabilities, as well as certain racial and ethnic groups were more likely to lose employment or experience a decrease in hours.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

June 24, 2020

A WSU associate professor interested in the effects of the pandemic and resulting recession authored a paper on groups of people whose employment is more likely to be affected during COVID-19.  Ben Cowan, associate professor for the WSU School of Economic Sciences, conducted a study that found peop...

WSU President review describes accomplishments, challenges

The president emeritus of University of Wisconsin completed a review of WSU President Kirk Schulz.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

June 24, 2020

The comprehensive review of WSU President Kirk Schulz lists both accomplishments and challenges he has faced since his appointment in 2016.  The review was conducted by Kevin Reilly, president emeritus at the University of Wisconsin. Reilly interviewed approximately 70 people for Schulz's review, incl...

WSU human resource officer joins national board as region representative

Theresa Elliot-Cheslek, WSU vice president and chief human resource officer, has served in the university's human resources department since 1999.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 12, 2020

When Theresa Elliot-Cheslek graduated from WSU in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in sociology, she was adamant that she would never go back to eastern Washington. “Things change when you get older,” she said. Elliot-Cheslek, WSU vice president and chief human resource officer, has served in ...

Interim chair’s past experience influences path to horticulture

Amit Dhingra, interim chair for the horticulture department, began his two-year term as chair June 1.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 8, 2020

Amit Dhingra was recently named interim chair for the horticulture department.  His two-year term started on June 1. He has served as a horticulture professor at WSU since 2006. Growing up in New Delhi, India, Dhingra said he had an interest in farming but did not know much about the topic. His...

WSU launches certificate program for online teaching skills

Rebecca Van de Vord, WSU's Academic Outreach and Innovation vice president and director of Learning Innovations, said certification is not required for any instructors but is encouraged.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 29, 2020

The WSU Provost’s Office and WSU Academic Outreach and Innovation have launched a new distance delivery mastery certificate to improve the faculty’s ability to teach online. The certificate provides an opportunity for instructors to learn how to successfully adapt their teaching style to an online e...

Soon-to-be department chair aims to keep serving students

Ting Chi, professor and soon-to-be chair of WSU’s Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles, stands in the middle of a group of students. Chi will begin as department head June 1.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 29, 2020

WSU’s Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles department is home to Ting Chi, AMDT professor and soon-to-be chair.  Chi said textiles are his passion, which he found early on in life. His grandfather was an engineer for a textile machinery company, so Chi got to know the industry as a chil...

Teaching advocacy organization adds new members for first time in six years

William Hall, far left, is an assistant professor for mathematics and statistics. Hall said he was recently inducted into the WSU President’s Teaching Academy.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

The WSU President’s Teaching Academy nearly doubled their membership when they admitted 27 new faculty members from six colleges and 17 departments in April, which is the first time any new members have joined since 2014. The teaching academy is an organization with members that consists of facu...

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