Three members of the Whitman faculty have been appointed Garrett Fellows: Assistant Professor of Biology Arielle Cooley, Assistant Professor of Sociology Alissa Cordner and Associate Professor of Psychology Brooke Vick.
Named for Paul Garrett, Class of 1913, the fellowships are awarded to faculty members at the assistant or associate professor rank and recognize excellence in teaching, research and service. Garrett Fellows also receive a stipend from the Paul Garrett Whitman College Trust to support continued scholarship.
- Cooley teaches genetics, plant physiology and evolution and development, among other subjects. Her research aims to explore the evolution of biological diversity, using flower color in a group of South American monkeyflowers as a system. Her primary service objective is to improve the inclusiveness and accessibility of science education for students at Whitman and in the local community.
- Cordner teaches courses in sociology and environmental studies. Her research interests include environmental sociology, environmental health and justice, risk and disasters, science and knowledge, social movements and policy and participation. She is studying the sociological aspects of wildfire risk management in the Northwest; regulation, research and activism related to certain industrial chemicals; and environmental risk perception and climate change attitudes of farmers in the Walla Walla Valley.
- Vick teaches courses on social psychology and stigma. Her research investigates strategies ranging from self-acceptance to confronting discrimination that can improve outcomes for members of a variety of socially devalued groups, including racial and sexual minorities, women and overweight people. Her most recent work focuses on allyship, working to understand the characteristics of effective ally relationships as well as the consequences of allyship for nontarget allies and targets of prejudice.