College adds assistant dean for international programs

By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

Jessica-Cassleman-webPULLMAN, Wash. – The Carson College of Business at Washington State University has hired Jessica Cassleman as the new assistant dean of international programs.

She will build upon the college’s existing strengths in international programs, including the undergraduate international business program that is consistently ranked in the top 25 nationally by U.S. News and World Report.

“To establish ourselves as the top undergraduate business program in the Northwest, we need to build on and extend our strong reputation for preparing students for success in the global marketplace,” said Chip Hunter, college dean. “With her wealth of experience with diverse cultures, languages and people from other countries, Jessica will bring new and insightful leadership to our international programs.”

“It is inspiring to look into the vision of the college and its emphasis on preparing students for a world where cultural understanding is crucial to the success of international business,” Cassleman said. “I look forward to working with the faculty, students and staff to help in this process.”

Cassleman was assistant dean in the WSU Honors College for the last 16 years and has worked closely with international programs for over 20 years. She was a pioneer of faculty-led trips, which are a hallmark of the Carson College’s study abroad program. She took her first group of students to Europe in 1980 and has organized 10 trips abroad including central Mexico, Spain, Chile, Peru, Cuba, Brazil and Ecuador, including the Galápagos Islands.

Her academic interests include social politics related to sports as well as Latin America, ethics in sports, international education and educational leadership. A native of Chile, she has taught at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago and Universidad Austral in Valdivia, Chile, as well as Central Michigan University, the University of Illinois and WSU.

She received the Provost Robert C. Bates Award for service to the international community and for enhancing internationalization efforts at WSU (2012), the WSU Outstanding Academic Advisor Award (2010) and the WSU Mentor of the Year Award for Teaching Faculty (2006).


Jessica Cassleman, WSU Carson College of Business, 509-432-4414,
David Sprott, WSU Department of Marketing and International Business, 509-335-6896,
Sue McMurray, WSU Carson College of Business, 509-335-7578,