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Washington State University Graduate School

Dr. Judi McDonald, Associate Dean, Graduate School


Dr. Judi McDonald joined the Graduate School as an associate dean on March 16, 2019. Her responsibilities will overlap with those of Dr. Carris as Dr. Carris transitions out of her administrative roles. Part of these responsibilities include the oversight of the Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS) and Campus Visit for Diverse Scholars program. Dr. McDonald will serve as the liaison to the Faculty Senate’s Graduate Studies Committee and to the Provost’s Office regarding proposals for new and revised graduate programs. She will also take the lead on evaluation and oversight for Graduate School policies and procedures.

Dr. McDonald is a complete academic who is passionate about research, education, and shared governance. Her research focuses on predicting properties based on patterns in linear algebraic structures. She is a co-author of an introductory linear algebra textbook and enthusiastically educates, mentors, and learns from students at all levels, freshman through post-doctoral. As a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics since 2001, she has served as the committee chair and advisor for more than 20 graduate students and has published more than 40 peer‑reviewed papers. She has served in leadership roles in the Faculty Senate, including chair of the Faculty Senate in the 2017‑18 academic year. She has served on numerous University-wide committees including the Board of Regents.

Dr. McDonald has received the College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Institutional Service Award and the Thomas Lutz College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award. She has been an active mentor in the Team Mentoring Program, which received the WSU Martin Luther King Jr. Group Faculty Award, and the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

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