Faculty Honors & Announcements 2022

WFU Biology Announcements


Chair of Biology
Dr. Erik C. Johnson, Professor of Biology, has been newly appointed as Chair of Biology, effective July 1, 2022. We thank Dr. Johnson for his upcoming leadership and service in the year ahead!
Dr. Erik Johnson

We would also like to thank, and show our appreciation to, Dr. Susan E. Fahrbach for her strong leadership and service as Chair of Biology (2014 – 2022). Her appointment as Chair of Biology will transfer to Dr. Johnson on July 1, 2022, but she will continue in her faculty role as Reynolds Professor of Developmental Neuroscience within the Department of Biology.
susan fahrbach photo



The following faculty members are retiring in the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Thank you for your incredible dedication and commitment over the years!

Dr. Robert A. Browne
Dr. Robert Browne

Dr. William E. Conner
Dr. William Conner



Congratulations to the following faculty members who have received promotions, effective July 1, 2022:

Promotion to Full Professor
Dr. T. Michael Anderson
Dr. Michael Anderson

Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure
Dr. James B. Pease
Dr. James Pease



Champions of Change: Campus Sustainability Visionary Leadership Award
Dr. Miles R. Silman
Dr. Miles Silman

The Campus Sustainability Awards are a much-anticipated part of the Office of Sustainability’s campus-wide Earth Month celebration. It is their chance to honor the exemplary leadership of students, faculty, and staff and to celebrate the incredible impact that collaborative efforts can have on campus sustainability. Provost Rogan Kersh, Dean Michele Gillespie, and
Executive Vice President Hof Milam recognized the following award recipients at the ninth annual awards program.



Listed below are the names of faculty and staff who directly supported this year’s candidates through their work as part of review and selection committees for various awards.

STEM Scholarships Selection Committee
Dr. James B. Pease
Dr. James Pease

Over the past year, more than 30 faculty and staff members were involved in supporting more than 70 candidates as they pursued nationally and internationally competitive scholarship awards. That support takes many forms. Led by the Faculty Directors and the Scholars Office, Committee members may: spread the word about various awards; answer questions and have conversations with interested students; review, evaluate, and provide feedback on students’ applications; interview potential candidates; and prepare endorsement letters for those competitions that require nomination. For those who make it to the finalist stage, faculty and staff also conduct mock interview panels to help students prepare for any questions that may come their way.


You can read more about the Faculty Honors and Announcements in the Dean’s Office Digest:
Spring 2022 Honors & Announcements and Inside WFU.