Office of the Provost

Faculty Publications, Presentations, Reports and Awards

E. Wayne Carp, Professor (Benson Family Chair in Economics), History - selected Chair of the 2013-2014 Merle Curti Award Committee by the Organization of American Historians, the largest learned society and professional organization dedicated to the teaching and study of the American past. The Merle Curti Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians; one to the author of the best book in American social history; and one to the author of the best book in American intellectual history. During past five years, the average number of books that publishers have submitted to the committee have ranged in number from 150 to 210 books.

Maria Chavez, Associate Professor, Political Science - recipient of the American Political Science Association (APSA) Latino Caucus book award for best book published in 2011 Everyday Injustice:  Latino Professionals and Racism (Rowman and Littlefield, Inc. July 2011)

She has finished her book manuscript, Living The Dream:The Stories of Undocumented Latino Youth (Paradigm Publishers in 2014), Maria Chávez, Jessica Lavariega Monforti, and Melissa Michelson.

Keynote speaker at Bellevue College to open their Hispanic Heritage Month on October 2.

Brian Galante, Assistant Professor, Music - recipient of ASCAP Plus Award These awards, made by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, reflect the continuing commitment to assist and encourage ASCAP composers. Awards are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances in areas not surveyed by the Society.

Jon Grahe, Professor, Psychology - collaborated on a new Research and Education Initiative project “Collaborative Replications and Education Project (CRaEP)“  sponsored by Psi Chi, the international psychology honors society and the Center for Open Science  This is directed at benefitting students and the faculty who mentor them.  This is a revolutionary collaboration in that it invites students to replicate projects for their coursework and for the benefit of science.

Joanna Gregson, Professor, Sociology – presented her research on romance authors at the Romance Writers of America national conference in Atlanta with co-researcher Jennifer Lois of Western Washington University; wrote guest blogs for Random House publishers and USA Today; was interviewed for a website that reviews romance novels; and featured in the article “Being Nice” and the Feminine Culture of Romance Authors

Her paper “Managing the Stigma of Sexual Shamelessness” has been accepted for presentation at the Princeton Symposium on authorship in the popular romance genre at Princeton University in New Jersey on October 24-25, 2013.  An On-camera interview is also scheduled for a documentary being made about the romance industry called "Love Between the Covers"

Featured in the Western Washington University "Window" alumni magazine in an article Shameless.

Romance research speaker at Univerity of Washington, February 22.  Sponsored by the Seattle chapter of the Women's National Book Association, see featured article

Colleen Hacker, Professor, Kinesiology – featured presentations at the Alliance of Women Coaches conference, the APA conference, the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy;  worked behind the scenes in assembling materials and background for the film the "Nine for IX" series by ESPN on women in sports will feature the '99 women's Soccer World Cup team who won in a shootout against China.

Olympic mental skills coach for USA hockey, Sochi.

Christine Moon, Professor, Psychology - participated in a live discussion Spotlight Live: Language Development & Babies by The Kavli Foundation to share and answer questions on a new study provided scientific proof that babies can remember specific sounds and words first encountered in the womb.

Presenter at Wartburg College, Iowa, Learning Before Birth: What is Possible? to discuss her research on very early learning and offer ideas about implications for early childhood well-being on September 30.

John Moritsugu, Professor, Psychology – Lead author of Fifth edition Community Psychology, with Elizabeth Vera, Frank Y. Wong and Karen Grover Duffy, published by Pearson.

Sven Tuzovic, Associate Professor, Business – attended the 42nd European Marketing Academy (EMAC) Annual Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, June 4-7, 2013. Presented a paper at the Joint Symposium: “Bridging Asia and Europe in Interconnected Marketing” organized by EMAC as well as the Korean Scholars of Marketing Science (KSMS) and Global Alliance of Marketing and Management Associations (GAMMA). Research paper “Is the Role of Marketing Diminishing? Results from three Geographical Regions: Asia, Europe and USA” co-authored by Jochen Wirtz, National University of Singapore, and Volker Kuppelwieser, Rouen Business School, was selected for the “Best Paper Award” of the EMAC, KSMS & GAMMA Joint Symposium.

Staff/Other Achievements

Hal DeLaRosby, Director, Academic Advising - recipient of The Love of Learning Award, from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Ryan Ceresola, PLU Sociology alumnus (class of 2009) won the Graduate Student Paper Competition presented by the Midwest Sociological Society for his paper "Doing Poor in AmeriCorps: How National Service Members Deal with Living Below the Poverty Line." Ryan is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.