Established in 2015, the Honors Faculty Fellow title is awarded to those who advance the mission of the WSU Honors College and support its students in significant ways.
The Honors College at Washington State University (WSU) offers a four-year core curriculum that engages high-achieving students and challenges them to become critical thinkers and participants in the global community. Classes in the Honors curriculum are taught by WSU faculty who are dedicated to excellent and innovative teaching, enjoy student interactions in small, interactive classroom settings, bring their research and creative expertise to the classroom, and motivate their students to think in interdisciplinary and global contexts. In addition to this classroom experience, WSU faculty mentor and critically evaluate Honors students as they complete their Honors thesis requirements, provide and oversee opportunities for student research and engagement in the academic disciplines, develop creative projects in the arts and humanities, and guide students as they learn about other cultures during study- and research-abroad opportunities.
Faculty Fellow Positions
Many WSU faculty members who are not housed in the Honors College make significant contributions to the mission of the Honors College. To acknowledge the contributions of these faculty, the Honors College created the courtesy title of Honors Faculty Fellow in 2015. Contributions made by Honors Faculty Fellows might include, but are not limited to:
- Teaching in the Honors curriculum
- Developing and leading study- and research-abroad programs or faculty-led trips for honors students
- Mentoring Honors student research and creative projects or other scholarly activities
- Providing internships, extension activities, and opportunities to be involved in community service
- Playing an advisory role to the Dean, such as through membership in the Honors Council
- Serving as university-wide ambassadors for the Honors College
Honors Faculty Fellows have the opportunity to apply for funding from the Honors College to support enhancement activities related to their appointment, such as developing a new faculty-led program or attending workshops and conferences related to their research or teaching. Generous support comes from the Jonas family.
Honors Faculty Fellow appointments will be for an initial duration of three years; appointments may be renewed for further terms with approval from the Dean. Only faculty on appointment at WSU can hold the title; a Fellow whose appointment at WSU is terminated will automatically lose Honors Faculty Fellow status.
Faculty who have held the rank of Honors College Distinguished Professor will automatically be awarded the title of Honors Faculty Fellow at the end of their two-year term.