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Exploring the Art of Portraiture

Exploring the Art of Portraiture

Honors 280.2 – Summer Class
Instructor: Pamela Lee

Monday – Friday
May 8 – June 2, 2017
9:00-11:30 a.m.
Elmina White Honors Hall, Room 142

An oft repeated adage states that before twenty you have the face that you were born with, after that you have the face you deserve. The adage may stem from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.”

Character is revealed in the face. Can we shape our character, and thus the face we wear through life? Can we look ahead and anticipate who we might be at fifty, sixty, or eighty? Or, are we simply batted about and patted into shape by the vicissitudes of fate? In this increasingly global era, do we retain a national identity communicated through the human visage? Or, is “face reading” universally understood? We will ask these underlying questions as we encounter and explore the art of visual portraiture, dipping across time, continents and cultures to investigate painted, sculpted, and photographed faces. We will question the various applications of portraiture, past and present, considering how life’s large human themes – love, mortality, disability, beauty, power, joy, sadness –affect the human countenance and the art portrait. What lies behind the faces artists have portrayed? How do their lives critically compare to ours?  We will practice critical and speculative analysis, research and information literacy.

Selected articles and films will be provided; purchase of text is not required.

“Edith Wharton’s Two Americas” topic of WSU humanities lecture Feb. 21

“Edith Wharton’s Two Americas” topic of WSU humanities lecture Feb. 21

Original article on WSU News >>

Washington State University English Professor and Humanities Fellow Donna M. Campbell will present “Edith Wharton’s Two Americas” at 5:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 21, in Goertzen 21 (GCAD 21). The presentation is co-hosted by the Humanities Planning Group (HPG) and the Honors College, and is free and open to the public. » More …

Travis King Wildcats Research

Honors Student Travis W. King Published in Journal of Mammology, referenced by writer for Science magazine

Travis W. King, Honors alum and graduate student at WSU, was recently published in the Journal of Mammology. Under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Thornton and the help of the WSU Honors College and the College of Arts & Sciences, Travis conducted research on ocelot behavioral patterns in Costa Rica. Research from his paper, Ocelot latrines: communication centers for Neotropical mammals, was also recently used by a writer for Science magazine.  The full story can be read at

Travis’ article can be read in full online at



Associate Dean David Shier published in International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching

Associate Dean David Shier published in International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching

David Shier of the Honors College has recently been published in the International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. The online version of the article can be read here >>

Of the article, David writes, “In this paper, I show how the models of inquiry developed by classical American pragmatists C.S Peirce, William James, and John Dewey share core features with the method of reflective equilibrium articulated in the influential moral philosophy of John Rawls, which may thus share some of pragmatism’s productive applications to philosophy of sports and sports coaching, as noted by Jenkins”.

Nominations, applications sought for WSU Honors College Faculty Fellows

Nominations, applications sought for WSU Honors College Faculty Fellows

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University faculty members who make significant contributions to the Honors College and its students can be nominated or apply through Wed., Feb. 1, 2017 to be a member of the second cohort of Honors Faculty Fellows.

“Exceptional and dedicated faculty across the university support our mission and have a deep impact on our Honors students, and we are privileged to publicly recognize them with this courtesy title,” said Honors Associate Dean David Shier.

Shier, who is the contact person for any questions, said information about eligibility and the application process is on the college website at  Final selections of fellows will be made by Dean M. Grant Norton in mid-March, with the new titles taking effect as of May 16, 2017.

Terms and eligibility

Tenured and tenure-track faculty, clinical track faculty, and instructors with current WSU appointments are eligible. Interested persons may apply and nominations are welcome from deans, directors, and chairs; nominees will be encouraged to submit an application. Applications and nominations will be accepted only until the deadline; in the past there was a rolling deadline, said Shier.

Honors Faculty Fellow appointments are for three years, but may be renewed for longer by the dean. Faculty Fellows must be on WSU appointment. They can apply for special funding, thanks to generous support from the Jonas family, to support activities related to their fellows role, such as developing a new course or program, or attending conferences related to research or teaching.

An applicant’s contributions to Honors might include: teaching for Honors; developing and leading faculty-led study- and research-abroad student programs; being as a research mentor or hosting an internship; serving on the Honors Council or advising the dean; and being an Honors College ambassador on campus.

Applicants must describe past or current, and future, contributions to the college, and secure a letter of endorsement from a recommender.

Second cohort

“Just as the original cohort reflected the breadth and depth of the Honors faculty base, we welcome applications from faculty across all disciplines at the university,” said Norton.

The original seven-member cohort of Honors Faculty Fellows was announced in spring 2016; those still on WSU appointment will retain the title into 2019. Five were members of the College of Arts and Sciences, one of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, and one with a dual appointment in the College of Education and the College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition, Honors Distinguished Professor holders become Honors Faculty Fellows at the completion of their two-year terms.

Read More at WSU News >>

MEDIA:  David Shier, WSU Honors College Associate Dean, 509-335-4505,

Faculty get grants to improve undergrad teaching, learning

Faculty get grants to improve undergrad teaching, learning

Read the original release at WSU News >>

By Beverly Makhani, Undergraduate Education

PULLMAN, Wash. – Seven grants of $7,000 recently were awarded to faculty for 2016-17 to develop innovative strategies that demonstrably enhance student learning, with preference given to projects that impact large numbers of students.

“We had a record year in terms of the number and quality of proposals,” said Mary F. Wack, vice provost for undergraduate education. “Many of the projects are exploring new directions in using technology to support student learning. Others are using data to drill down into the barriers to learning in certain courses or disciplines. I look forward to seeing the impact on student success in coming years.” » More …

Student Leader of the Month Kyle Strachila

Honors Student Kyle Strachila Named November Student Leader of the Month

Original release at Student Involvement >>

kylestrachilaKyle Strachila is a Coug from humble beginnings on his family’s dairy farm near Bellingham, WA. He’s currently earning a degree in Economic Sciences with an emphasis in Agriculture, as well as minors in Business and Spanish. Kyle has been involved with ASWSU and Greek life for the past four years, serving multiple terms on the ASWSU Executive Staff and his fraternity’s Executive Board. Kyle strives to build upon successful programs as well as implement fresh new ideas to allow all Cougs to come together.

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Honors College Assistant Dean Robin Bond Awarded for Academic Advising


Honors College Assistant Dean Robin Bond Awarded for Academic Advising

Read original release at WSU News

RobinBond-thumbRobin Bond recently was promoted to assistant dean of the Honors College after serving as an academic advisor there since 2007. She said she seeks to be available to students at all times, even during school breaks. According to a nominator, she is quick to recognize the potential of each student and give them support to achieve their full potential.

With a Ph.D. in classics from University of California-Los Angeles, Bond has served as a student research mentor and judge for the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA).

WSU Humanities Fellow Joseph Campbell discusses interdisciplinary approach to prison reform Oct. 18

WSU Humanities Fellow Joseph Campbell discusses interdisciplinary approach to prison reform Oct. 18

joecampbellPULLMAN, Wash.—“Moral responsibilities and punishment: An interdisciplinary approach to prison reform” is the topic that Humanities Fellow and professor of politics, philosophy, and public affairs Joseph Campbell will present at 5:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 18, in Goertzen Hall room 21. The public is invited to this free lecture. » More …

WSU Honors College sends 8 students, 2 faculty to present at national honors conference in October

WSU Honors College sends 8 students, 2 faculty to present at national honors conference in October

PULLMAN, Wash.—With poster topics from parallel computing to the Nipah virus, eight students and two faculty members from the Honors College at Washington State University will travel to Seattle Oct. 12-16 as invited presenters at the annual meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC).

The submission process for this 51st NCHC conference was highly selective, with hundreds of students and faculty submitting proposals, according to its website. The WSU Honors students’ posters will be available to the nearly 2,000 students and faculty who are expected to attend. » More …