LeaAnn Martin has been appointed to serve for a fixed term as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Western Washington University.
Next month, Brent Carbajal, the college’s current dean, starts a two-year fixed term as WWU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. He succeeds current provost Catherine Riordan, who is resigning in July.
Under the fixed-term appointment, there will be a national search for a new dean during the 2014-15 academic year should Carbajal’s appointment as provost become indefinite.
“I want to congratulate Dr. Martin and thank her for her willingness to step up to this important leadership role in [the College of Humanities and Social Sciences],” Riordan said, in a press release. “I’m pleased for Western, pleased for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and I wish Dr. Martin all the best in her new role.”
Martin is now associate dean of the college and a professor in WWU’s Department of Physical Education, Health and Recreation. She teaches in the kinesiology and physical education program.
Martin, who began at WWU in 1991, has a master’s degree from the University of Arizona and a doctorate from the University of Texas. Her honors and awards include WWU’s Peter J. Elich Excellence in Teaching Award (2011), the Washington Award for Excellence in Teacher Preparation by the State Board of Education (2003), and the College Professional Physical Educator of the Year by the Washington Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (1995).