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March 2002

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Whitman mourns death of education professor

Associate professor of education Ann Watts Pailliotet died January 14 after a sudden illness. She was 46.

A member of the Whitman faculty since 1995, Pailliotet received the Whitman College George Ball Award for Excellence in Advising in 1999. She was “one of the most prolific scholars on the faculty, publishing an amazing number of books and papers during her career,” said Pat Keef, dean of the faculty. “Her teaching won the admiration and praise of her students, as well as her faculty peers.”

A graduate of the College of Santa Fe, Pailliotet earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in English education at Syracuse University, where she was a doctoral fellow. Her many honors included a Conference on College Composition and Communication Citation for Outstanding Classroom Practice and a National Reading Conference Graduate Student Research Award.

Pailliotet presented papers and co-directed workshops for annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association, National Reading Conference, International Visual Literacy Association, and International Reading Association. She has published articles in English Education, National Reading Conference Yearbook, and The Teacher Educator. Interested in the question of what it means to be literate in an age of electronic media, Pailliotet coedited two books, Intermediality: The Teachers’ Handbook of Critical Media Literacy and Reconceptualizing Literacy in the Media Age.

She administered the Truman Scholarship program on campus, served on several college committees, and frequently led workshops for Walla Walla’s Project READ.

She is survived by her parents, James and Ruth Weber Peters of Long Beach, California, a brother, David Peters of Thousand Oaks, California, and her fiancé, Tom Zebovitz of Walla Walla.

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