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Jeff Lawson

Jeff Lawson appointed dean of Graduate School and Research

The WCU Board of Trustees appointed Jeff Lawson as dean of the Graduate School and Research as part of its regular meeting June 9. Lawson will start in his new position July 1.  

Brandon Schwab

Brandon Schwab named vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at University of Illinois Springfield

Brandon Schwab has been appointed as the vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at the University of Illinois Springfield in Springfield, Illinois.   

Kofi Lomotey

Bardo Distinguished Professor Kofi Lomotey receives lifetime achievement award

Kofi Lomotey recently received the 2023 Distinguished Contributions to Social Contexts in Education Research Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association Division G.   

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Jim Costa awarded Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution

For Jim Costa, biology professor since 1996 and director of Western Carolina University’s Highlands Biological Station for the past 17 years, the study of evolution has always been one of his main interests and areas of research.  

Yue Hillon

Yue Hillon named Elingburg Distinguished Professor

Yue Hillon, professor of management in the College of Business, has been appointed to the university’s position of Wesley R. Elingburg Distinguished Professor of Business Innovation, effective July 1.  

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Director of Military Student Services selected for elite Army Educator Tour

Briana Ford, director of Military Student Services was nominated and selected as one of 15 military-related educators from the region to attend an exclusive Army Educator Tour program.  

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Faculty, staff honored at annual awards event

WCU’s campus community paused to celebrate during the afternoon of Thursday, April 27, for the annual Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards ceremony.  

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Yanjun Yan named recipient of 2023 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

Yanjun Yan, associate professor the College of Engineering and Technology, has been named the recipient of the 2023 University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.   

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College of Business unveils ‘Ideas with Impact’ series to showcase faculty engagement

The College of Business is rolling out a new effort that is designed to give members of the university community and external partners insight into the impact that faculty members are having outside the classroom.  

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