Faculty Highlights – January 2022

Deborah Eti selected for 2021-22 Provost’s Leadership Academy  

Deborah Eti
Dr. Deborah Eti

Clinical Assistant Professor Deborah Eti was selected to be part of the 2021-22 cohort of the Provost’s  Leadership Academy.  

The academy is an opportunity for Deans and Chancellors to recognize early- and mid-career faculty who show promise as leaders and are positive role models in their colleges or campuses.  

It provides faculty with a training program that helps develop self-awareness, confidence, and leadership skills, and helps them expand their network within the university. In addition, participants connect with university leaders and build knowledge of WSU and the challenges facing higher education more broadly.  


Bevan Briggs named to AACN leadership program  

Beban Briggs
Dr. Bevan Briggs

Bevan Briggs, assistant clinical professor and academic director of the WSU College of Nursing-Tri-Cities, was one of 45 nursing faculty from across the nation who completed a virtual, weeklong intensive for the Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing (ELAN) program.  

The session was the first of three learning components in the program, which is part of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s leadership development portfolio, AACN LEADS. It is specifically designed for aspiring deans and senior faculty in leadership roles.  


Janessa Graves elected to WSPHA board  

Janessa Graves
Dr. Janessa Graves

Associate Professor Janessa Graves has been elected to the board of the Washington State Public Health Association

Graves will serve a two-year term. 

Graves has a Master of Public Health degree in environmental and occupational health and a PhD in health services research from the University of Washington. 


Kay Olson receives WSU President’s Award for Health  

Kay Olson
Kay Olson

Associate Professor-Career Track Kay Olson received the WSU President’s Award for Health for her work organizing COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout the region. 

Through her efforts, she “advanced the health and safety of the entire community,” the awards committee said. 

Working with fellow WSU College of Nursing faculty and students, as well as with students from the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Olson helped vaccinate and test thousands of people. 


Marian Wilson named an Expert in Pain  

Marian Wilson
Dr. Marian Wilson

Associate Professor Marian Wilson was ranked as an “Expert in Pain” by Expertscape.  

The organization says it objectively ranks people and institutions by their expertise in thousands of fields and topics to help journalists, researchers and healthcare consumers find qualified experts.