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
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 Wallas 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.