Six Western Washington University professors have received awards that honor their excellence in teaching, research and service.
A new award was introduced this year, the Carl H. Simpson Bridging Award, which recognizes and supports efforts to create bridges and paths for others to follow. The award is named for a 25-year WWU professor and administrator.
Award recipients are listed below.
Carmen Werder — Carl H. Simpson Bridging Award. Werder has been a teacher and administrator at WWU for 24 years, is the director of Writing Instruction Support and the head of the Teaching-Learning Academy.
Jackie Caplan-Auerbach — Peter J. Elich Excellence in Teaching Award. Caplan-Auerbach is a geology teacher who is known for her enthusiastic teaching style and willingness to serve on a large number of thesis committees and research project teams.
Lorraine Kasprisin — Diversity Achievement Award. Kasprisin has been at WWU for nearly 30 years and shares her perspectives of diversity and social justice with her students and coworkers. She recently founded the Journal of Education Controversy, an electronic journal.
Wendy Walker — Excellence in Teaching Award. Walker, an 18-year WWU teacher, believes in experiental education, and even runs Spring Block, a set of four courses in which student prepare lessons and teach environmental education to elementary and high school students.
Michael Medler — Faculty Outstanding Service Award. Medler, a pyrogeography expert, not only studies forest fires, he’s on the President’s Waterfront Development Committee and has secured more than $50,000 in grants for Huxley’s move. He also developed the Huxley College Speaker Series and serves on other committees.
Merrill Peterson — Paul J. Olscamp Research Award. Peterson, a field biologist, explores ecological and evolutionary theory. He’s been working on a beetles species research project, funded by a $450,000 National Science Foundation Grant.