Distinguished Faculty Awards


Distinguished Faculty Guidelines

In 1977, Central Washington University initiated a program to honor professors who excel in teaching, scholarship/artistic accomplishment and service. The honorees' names are placed on a continuing plaque and they receive a monetary bonus during the award year. The honorees to date are:

2023

  • Megan Walsh, Geography; PhD, University of Oregon, Distinguished Teaching
  • Lily Vuong, Philosophy and Religious Studies; PhD, McMaster University, Distinguished Research/Artistic Accomplishment
  • Sharryn Walker, Education, Development, Teaching & Learning; PhD, University of Toledo, Distinguished Service
  • Eric Graham, Biological Sciences; PhD, University of California Los Angeles, Distinguished Non-Tenure Track Teaching

2022

  • Teresa Divine, Professor, Law and Justice; LLM, Suny University at Buffalo, Distinguished Service
  • Blaise Dondji, Professor, Biological Sciences; PhD, University of Jos, Distinguished Teaching
  • Lisa Ely, Professor, Geological Sciences; PhD, University of Arizona, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment
  • Jason Knirck, Professor, History; PhD, Washington State University, Board of Trustees Distinguished Faculty
  • Karisa Terry, Senior Lecturer, Anthropology; PhD, Washington State University, Distinguished Non-Tenure Track Teaching 

2021

  • Robert Claridge, Lecturer, Law and Justice; JD, University of Oregon, Distinguished Non-Tenure Track Teaching
  • Robert Holtfreter, Professor, Accounting Department; PhD, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment 
  • Susan Kaspari, Professor, Geological Sciences; PhD, University of Maine, Distinguished Service
  • Christopher Schedler, Professor, English; PhD, University of California Santa Barbara, Distinguished Teaching 

2020

  • Carey Gazis, Professor of Geological Sciences; PhD, California Institute of Tech, Distinguished Service
  • Yingbin Ge, Professor of Chemistry; PhD, University of Hawaii, Distinguished Teaching
  • Jennifer Green, Senior Lecturer of Communication; MA, San Francisco State University, Distinguished Non-Tenure Track Teaching
  • Jeffrey Snedeker, Professor of Music, DMA, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Board of Trustees Distinguished Faculty
  • Lixing Sun, Professor of Biological Sciences; PhD, State University of New York, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment

2019

  • Matthew Altman: Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies; PhD, University of Chicago, Distinguished Service
  • Yukari Amos Professor, Ed Development Teach & Learn; PHD, University of Washington, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment
  • Nathalie Kasselis: Professor, World Languages; PHD, Michigan State University, Distinguished Teaching

2018

  • Laurie Moshier: Senior Lecturer, World Languages and Cultures; PHA, University of Washington, Distinguished Non-Tenure Track Teaching
  • Ian Quitadamo: Professor, Biological Sciences; PhD, Washington State University, Distinguished Teaching
  • Charles Reasons: Professor, Law and Justice; PhD, Washington State University, Distinguished Service
  • Lori Sheeran: Professor, Anthropology; PhD, Ohio State University Columbus, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment

2017

  • Patrick Lubinski, Professor, Anthropology; PhD, University of Wisconsin, Distinguished Teaching
  • Jason Knirck,Professor, History; PhD, Washington State University,Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment
  • Elaine Glenn, Senior Lecturer, Geography; MS, Brigham Young University,Distinguished Faculty Non-Tenure Track Teaching

2016

  • Katharine Whitcomb, Associate Professor/Professor, English; MFA, Norwich University, Distinguished Teaching
  • James Avey, Associate Professor, Management; PhD, University of Nebraska, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment

2015

  • Phil Backlund, Professor, Communication; PhD, University of Denver, Distinguished Teaching
  • Wendy Bohrson, Geological Sciences; PhD, University of California, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment
  • Cynthia Coe, Philosophy and Religious Studies; PhD, University of Oregon, Distinguished Service
  • Maria Roditeleva-Wibe, Senior Lecturer, Music; PhD, Russian Institute of Art History, Distinguished Faculty Non-Tenure Track Teaching

2014

  • Shari Stoddard, Associate Professor, Art; PhD, Indiana University, Distinguished Teaching
  • Matthew Altman, Associate Professor, William O. Douglas Honors College; PhD, University of Chicago, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment
  • Lila Harper, Senior Lecturer, Provost/VP for Academic & Student Life; PhD, University of Oregon,Distinguished Faculty Non-Tenure Track Teaching

2013

  • Karl Lillquist, Professor of Geography, PhD, University of Utah, Distinguished Teaching
  • Daniel Herman , Professor of History, PhD,University of California, Berkeley, DistinguishedResearch and Artistic Accomplishment
  • Joan Cawley Crane , Senior Lecturerof Art, MA, Central Washington University, Distinguished Faculty Non-Tenure Track Teaching

2012

  • Anthony Gabriel: Professor of Geography, PhD. University of Guelph, Canada, Distinguished Research
  • Jeffrey Snedeker : Professor of Music, DMA, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Distinguished Service

2011

  • Laila Abdalla: Professor of English; Ph.D., McGill University, Canada, Distinguished Teaching
  • Vijay Singh: Professor of Music; MS, Portland State University, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment
  • Bobby Cummings: Professor of English, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Distinguished Service
  • Sharon Rosell: Professor of Physics, MS, University of Washington, Distinguished Non-Tenure Track Teaching

2010

  • Susan Lonborg: Professor of Psychology; Ph.D., Ohio State University, Distinguished Teaching
  • Not Awarded: Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment
  • Peter Gries: Professor of Music, DM, University of Oregon, Distinguished Service
  • Ruthi Erdman: Senior Lecturer, English, MA, Central Washington University, Distinguished Non-Tenure Track Teaching

2009

  • Roxanne Easley: Professor of History; Ph.D., University of Oregon, Distinguished Teaching
  • Joseph Powell: Professor of English; MFA., Florida International University, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment
  • Robert Holtfreter: Professor of Accounting, Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Distinguished Service
  • Matthew Altman: Director of the William O' Douglas Honors College and Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Ph.D., University of Chicago, Distinguished Non-Tenure Track Teaching

2008

  • Scott Lewis: Professor of Mathematics; Ph.D., Oregon State State University, Distinguished Teaching
  • Chenyang Li: Professor of Philosophy; Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment
  • Martha Kurtz: Professor of Chemistry, Ph.D., Arizona State University, Distinguished Service

2007

  • Gerald Stacy: Professor of English; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, Distinguished Teaching
  • Peter Saunders: Professor of Economics; Ph.D., University of Colorado, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment
  • Jeffrey Dippmann: Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Distinguished Service

2006

  • Vince Nethery: Professor Health, Human Performance, and Recreation; PhD., University of Oregon, Distinguished Teaching
  • Keith Lewis: Professor of Art; M.F.A., Kent State University, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment
  • Jan Bowers: Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Kansas State University, Distinguished Public Service

2005

  • Natalie Lefkowitz: Professor Spanish and French; PhD., University of Washington, Distinguished Teaching
  • John Pickett: Professor of Music; D.M., Indiana University, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment

2004

  • Bruce Palmquist: Associate Professor of Physics and Science Education, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Distinguished Public Service
  • Lisa Weyandt: Professor of Psychology, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment

2003

  • David W. Carns: Professor of Industrial and Engineering Technology, M.S., Oregon State University, Distinguished Teaching
  • James G. Pappas: Professor of Teacher Education, Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University, Distinguished Public Service
  • Raza Alla Ditta Choudary: Professor of Mathematics, Ph.D., University of Bucharest, Romania, Distinguished Research and Artistic Accomplishment

2002

  • David M. Darda: Professor of Biological Sciences, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Distinguished Teaching
  • Mark W. Halprin: Professor of English, M.F.A., State University of Iowa, Distinguished Research/ArtisticAccomplishment & Invention
  • Corwin P. King: Professor of Communication, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, Distinguished Public Service

2001

  • Larry D. Gookin: Professor of Music, M.M., University of Oregon, Distinguished Teaching
  • Ethan Bergman: Professor of Food Science and Nutrition, Ph.D., Washington State University, Distinguished Public Service
  • Robert J. Carbaugh: Professor of Economics, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Distinguished Research/Artistic Accomplishment & Invention

2000

  • Terry L. Martin: Professor of English, Ph.D., University of Oregon, Distinguished Teaching
  • Patricia A. Callaghan: Professor of English, D.A., University of Oregon, Distinguished Public Service

1999

  • David L. Gee: Professor of Foods and Nutrition, Ph.D., University of California at Davis, Distinguished Teaching
  • Karen J. Blair: Professor of History, Ph.D., State University of NY, Distinguished Research/Artistic Accomplishment and Invention
  • Stephen C. Jefferies: Professor of Physical Education, Ph.D., University of Oregon, Distinguished Public Service

1998

  • Morris L. Uebelacker: Associate Professor of Geography, Ph.D., University of Oregon, Distinguished Teaching
  • Hal J. Ott: Professor of Music, D.M., Florida State University, Distinguished Research/Artistic Accomplishment and Invention
  • Norman J. Gierlasinski: Professor of Accounting, D.B.Admin., Nova University, Distinguished Public Service

1997

  • James L. Nimnicht: Professor of Business Administration, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Distinguished Teaching
  • Rogert H. Yu: Professor of Physics, Ph.D., Montana State University, Distinguished Research

1996

  • A. James Hawkins: Professor of Theatre Arts, M.A., Sacramento State College, Distinguished Public Service
  • John Q. Ressler: Professor of Geography, Ph.D., University of Oregon, Distinguished Teaching
  • Carolyn C. Schactler: Professor of Clothing and Textiles, M.A., Central Washington University, Distinguished Research/Artistic Accomplishment and Invention

1995

  • Carlos E. Martin: Professor of Spanish, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Distinguished Teaching
  • Kent D. Richards: Professor of History, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Distinguished Research

1994

  • William V. Dunning: Professor of Art, M.F.A., University of Illinois, Distinguished ArtisticAccomplishment
  • Gary W. Heesaker: Professor of Accounting, M.B.A., University of Washington, C.P.A., Distinguished Public Service
  • David G. Lygre: Professor of Chemistry, Ph.D., University of North Dakota, Distinguished Teaching

1993

  • Robert J. Carbaugh: Professor of Economics, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Distinguished Teaching
  • Glenn A. Madsen: Professor of Education, Ed.D., University of Oregon, Distinguished Public Service

1992

  • Elbert E. Bilyeu: Professor of Spanish, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Distinguished Teaching
  • Donald J. Cocheba: Professor of Economics, Ph.D., Washington State University, Distinguished Research

1991

  • Makiko Doi: Associate Professor of Library Science, University of Washington, Distinguished Public Service
  • Thomas J. Kerr: Professor of Political Science, Ph.D., Syracuse University, Distinguished Teaching
  • Christian I. Schneider: Professor of German, Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara, Distinguished Research

1990

  • Peter M Burkholder: Professor of Philosophy, Ph.D., Tulane University, Distinguished Teaching
  • Edward P. Klucking: Professor of Biology, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, Distinguished Research

1989

  • Laura L. Appleton: Professor of Sociology, Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara, Distinguished Teaching
  • James E. Brooks: Professor of Geography and Land Studies, Ph.D., University of Washington, Distinguished Public Service
  • Roger S. Fouts: Professor of Psychology, Ph.D., University of Nevada-Reno, Distinguished Research

1988

  • Richard S. Mack: Professor of Economics, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Distinguished Research

1987

  • Anthony Canedo: Professor of English, Ph.D., University of Washington, Distinguished Teaching
  • Wolfgang W. Franz: Professor of Economics, Ph.D., Washington State University, Distinguished Public Service
  • Cynthia S. Krieble: Professor of Art, M.F.A., Stanford University, Distinguished Artistic Accomplishment

1986

  • Kenneth A. Briggs: Professor of Health Education, Ed.D., University of Northern Colorado, Distinguished Public Service
  • William B Owen: Professor of Mathematics, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Distinguished Teaching

1985

  • Ronald J. Boles: Professor of Science Education and Biology, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Distinguished Teaching
  • Robert E. Pacha: Professor of Biology, Ph.D., University of Washington, Distinguished Research
  • Allen C Vautier: Associate Professor of Accounting, J.D., University of Washington, Distinguished Public Service

1984

  • Donald W. Cummings: Professor of English, Ph.D., University of Washington, Distinguished Teaching
  • Leonard C. Duncan: Professor of Chemistry, Ph.D., University of Washington, Distinguished Research
  • John F Moawad: Associate Professor of Music., M.Ed., Central Washington University, Distinguished Public Service

1983

  • Terry L. DeVietti: Professor of Psychology, Ph.D., University of Utah, Distinguished Research
  • Leo D Nicolson: Professor of Physical Education, M.Ed., Central Washington University, Distinguished Teaching
  • Dorothy M. Purser: Associate Professor of Physical Education, M.Ed., University of Idaho, Distinguished Public Service

1982

  • Barbara M. Brummett: Associate Professor of Music, M.M., Wichita State University, Distinguished Public Service
  • Patrick R. O'Shaughnessy: Professor of Accounting, M.B.A., Washington State University, Distinguished Teaching
  • Robert M. Panerio: Professor of Music, M.Ed., Central Washington University, Distinguished Research

1981

  • Robert D. Bentley: Professor of Geology, Ph.D., Columbia University, Distinguished Research
  • Marco G. Bicchieri: Professor of Anthropology, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Distinguished Teaching

1980

  • Dee R. Eberhart: Professor of Geography, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Distinguished Public Service
  • Kenneth A. Hammond: Professor of Geography, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Distinguished Teaching
  • Stamford D. Smith: Professor of Biology, Ph.D., University of Idaho, Distinguished Teaching

1979

  • William F. Cutlip: Professor of Mathematics, Ph.D., Michigan Statue University, Distinguished Teaching
  • Martin R. Kaatz: Professor of Geography, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Distinguished Public Service
  • George Macinko: Professor of Geography, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Distinguished Research

1978

  • Curt A. Wiberg: Professor of Biology, M.S., University of Oregon, Distinguished Teaching

1977

  • Chester Z. Keller: Professor of Philosophy, Ph.D., University of Southern California, Distinguished Teaching

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