Dr. Janessa Graves and Dr. Shelly Fritz

Roschelle “Shelly” Fritz and Janessa Graves, both assistant professors in the WSU College of Nursing, are among seven WSU faculty members named fellows for the university’s Honors College. 

“These are very involved educators who have made a remarkable impact on Honors College students and initiatives,” said M. Grant Norton, Honors College dean.

The three-year appointments are in recognition of faculty who make significant contributions to the mission of the Honors College at WSU, which offers a four-year curriculum for high-achieving students. The WSU College of Nursing offers direct admittance to a group of these students each year.

“Fritz’s emerging research broaches nursing and engineering,” the Honors College said in announcing the new faculty fellows. “Her current focus is on health-assistive smart homes for persons with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Related to that she has mentored honors students by engaging them in data collection and analysis, and in a research study for thesis projects.” Fritz is on the WSU Vancouver campus.

The Honors College said of Graves, who is on the WSU Spokane campus, “(She) uses a developmentally based and tailored approach when she mentors honors students pursuing bachelor of nursing science degrees. She focuses on four goals: teaching research through collaboration, fostering connections with community partners, finding funding and disseminating findings.”

The other Honors College faculty fellows announced Wednesday are:

Phyllis Erdman, College of Education associate dean

Lydia Gerber, College of Arts and Sciences clinical associate professor of history

Philip Gruen, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences associate professsor

Babu John Mariadoss, College of Business associate professor

Julie Padowski, clinical associate professor.

This is the second cohort of Honors College faculty fellows.