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Philosophy and Religious Studies

College of Arts and Humanities

2015 Distinguished Professor of Service - Dr. Cynthia Coe

The designation of Distinguished Professor is the highest award attainable at Central Washington University and represents the highest level of performance. Each year, nominations are sought in four categories—teaching, service, and research/creative expression for tenured professors, and a non-tenure track distinguished faculty award for teaching.

Dr. Coe was honored for “her outstanding contribution of expertise, time, an commitment to the welfare of individuals and groups in the CWU community and beyond.” She has served on numerous committees both within her department and throughout the university. During her seven years as director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program, she has tripled the number of students through recruiting, marketing, and outreach efforts. She has organized numerous events to celebrate Women’s History Month, and has nurtured collaborations with academics and activists from other universities and organizations, faculty and student panels, and faculty and student exhibits.  She has formed partnerships with the Wellness Center, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, and the Ellensburg School District. She has served on the General Education Committee for eight years and was advisor for Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honors society for seven years. According to her colleagues “her commitment of time to the CWU and Ellensburg community stands as a model for others.”

Distinguished professors will be recognized at the Honors Convocation on June 12.

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