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2020 MLK Distinguished Service Award

Francene Watson wins MLK service award

By C. Brandon Chapman – College of Education

A clinical assistant professor in Washington State University’s College of Education is the recipient of this year’s MLK Distinguished Service Award for faculty members.

Francene Watson, who teaches in the college’s Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education program, was honored on Jan. 23, 2020 as part of WSU’s MLK Community Celebration, just before W. Kamau Bell presented his keynote address in the Compton Union Building.

Watson is a former high school English and humanities teacher, and continues her work in education on projects connected to environmental sustainability, equity, and wellbeing. She works with preservice teachers in elementary and secondary education focusing on garden education, socio-ecological justice, and community partnerships.

Watson was nominated by Paula Groves Price.

We’ll have more information on this award soon.