WSU names new associate dean of Honors College

PULLMAN – Carol Anelli has been named associate dean of the Honors College. Anelli is an entomologist, award-winning teacher, and longtime Honors College faculty member and administrator. 
“Her unparalleled expertise in both undergraduate instruction and curriculum assessment makes her the perfect candidate to support the college’s efforts to take honors to the next level,” said Libby Walker, dean of the college.
Anelli has been associated with the Honors College since 1998. In addition to serving as associate dean, she was the thesis director and oversaw efforts relating to students’ thesis requirements. That included developing a course that “demystifies the process” of reviewing proposals, overseeing the process and reviewing completed projects. This year, she is teaching that course as well as UH 290 (Science as a Way of Knowing).
At WSU, she gave the keynote address at Convocation 2009, received the Faculty Library Excellence Award in 2010, the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction in 2009 (WSU’s highest individual teaching recognition), the Honors Faculty Award in 2002, and the Marian E. Smith Faculty Achievement Award in 1999. She recently won the Anna Sue McNeill Assessment, Teaching, & Learning Award in the Pacific Northwest region.
“I am very honored that Libby wants me on the Honors College team and that the administration trusts in me to serve this very important segment of the WSU experience for undergraduates,” Anelli said.
In addition to continuing her work with the Honors thesis program, Anelli will teach Honors courses, contribute to scheduling courses and be involved in program assessment activities.
She plans to continue her research into teaching, pedagogy, and the history of entomological and evolutionary thought.
Anelli earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her bachelor’s in biology at Southern Connecticut State University. Before joining WSU, she conducted postdoctoral research at the USDA and National Institutes of Health. She joined WSU in 1996, becoming an assistant professor of entomology in 1998 and an associate professor in 2004.
She served as interim associate dean for the past year.