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Carris_L2Dr. Lori Carris, Associate Dean


Associate Dean Lori Carris is responsible for Academic Affairs and Recruitment. These areas include two of the Graduate School’s interdisciplinary programs (Molecular Plant Sciences,  and Material Sciences and Engineering); the Campus Visit for Diverse Scholars; and Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS).

Dr. Carris is PI on an eight-institution alliance funded through the National Science Foundation’s Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NSF-AGEP) Program. The alliance, PNW-COSMOS, is focused on increasing the participation of Native American students in STEM graduate programs. Dr. Carris advises graduate students regarding concerns related to academic and research programs, and also coordinates the Graduate Studies Committee in the Faculty Senate process.

Dr. Carris is a mycologist and professor in the Department of Plant Pathology with research and teaching responsibilities in mycology. Her research focuses on biodiversity and phylogenetic analyses in fungi, with an emphasis on grass- and cereal-infecting species of smut fungi and morel mushrooms, and is working with the WSU Bee Research Team on the use of fungi for the control of Varroa mites and pathogens of honey bees. Her teaching responsibilities have included undergraduate and graduate courses in mycology and fungal biology, an entry level class for non-science majors called Molds, Mildews, Mushrooms: The Fifth Kingdom (Pl P 150), and Global Issues in Science (UH 390) for the Honors College.

Dr. Carris received the 2012 WSU Sahlin Faculty Excellence for Instruction and the 2010 R.M. Wade Excellence in Teaching Award from the WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. In 2011 she was awarded excellence in teaching awards from the American Phytopathological Society and the Mycological Society of America. Dr. Carris is an avid mushroomer and teaches mushroom identification courses for the community through the Moscow Parks and Recreation program.

Contact:, 509-335-6424.